Match Preview: Kent vs. Essex

Match Preview: Kent vs. Essex

Kent face cross-Thames rivals Essex in the final Vitality County Championship match for the hosts before the start of T20 season at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

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Matchday Information

Important matchday information for Members, Six Pack Ticket Bundle holders & those that have purchased matchday tickets can be accessed via the button below:

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We strongly advise that all Members & spectators travelling to the ground make use of public transport.

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is located approximately a mile from the historic Cathedral City Centre of Canterbury.

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Weather forecast

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Free Digital Match Programme

Hear from Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker & study the statistical history of Kent vs. Essex in your FREE Digital Match Programme:

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Members’ Forum

A Members’ Forum will take place at Lunch during Day One (Friday 24 May) inside the Ames Levett Indoor Sports Centre.

Members must show their valid 2024 Kent Membership card for entry.


The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence Ground Tours

This season, comprehensive tours of all of The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will take place – revealing the history and mystery of the place that Kent Cricket has called home for around 180 years.

Led by experienced & knowledgeable guides, you will visit parts that other spectators cannot always reach, and learn about the people, events & trees that have made our home so famous & well-loved.

Tours begin at 13:00 on matchdays, and at 11:00 on non-match days, costing £5 for adults & FREE for Under 14s accompanied by an adult. Each tour will last around 60 – 90 minutes.

Tickets are available to buy at the Box Office at the Kennedy Gates on matchdays.

For more information, please contact the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust:

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Live Match Centre

Kent vs. Essex will be live streamed & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

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Opposition Report

  • Captain: Tom Westley
  • Head Coach: Anthony McGrath
  • 2023 finish: Second (Division One)
  • 2023 highest run-scorer: Tom Westley (1,130)
  • 2023 highest wicket-taker: Simon Harmer (61)

Essex are currently third in Division One following three wins in six matches so far.

Seamers Sam Cook & Jamie Porter both sit at the top of the wicket-taking chart, with 28 each, both averaging under 20.00.

Jordan Cox has the most amount of runs for the visitors so far this Championship season, with 524 at 58.22. Froemr South Africa Test opener Dean Elgar has 470 runs at 47.00.


Last Time Out

Kent were unable to force a positive result on day four of their Vitality County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton, despite posting the biggest score of the match and their third-highest ever total at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

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Matt Renshaw hit an unbeaten 82 as Somerset moved into second place in the First Division.

Kent battled their way to 564 all out in their second innings from an overnight 409 for five, Joe Denly leading the fight with 67 off 129 balls before being last man out. Grant Stewart hit 6 fours in contributing 37, while Josh Davey recovered from illness to take two for 40.


Team News

Daniel Bell-Drummond leads a 12-strong squad for the visit of Essex to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Wes Agar returns to the squad after his workload was managed against Somerset by being rested, with Beyers Swanepoel having been assessed as requiring time away from match-intensity bowling for this fixture.

George Garrett (groin) & Nathan Gilchrist (back) picked up injuries last time out against Somerset and are being closely monitored by the Club’s physiotherapists.

Matt Quinn (back) remains unfit after sustaining injury during pre-season and is being closely assessed by the Club’s physios. Michael Cohen (stress fracture) has been ruled out of the 2024 season.

Overseas signing Charlie Stobo has arrived in Canterbury but will not feature in this match due to the Club’s agreement with Cricket Australia & Western Australia.

Jaydn Denly, Hamidullah Qadri, Tawanda Muyeye & Jas Singh are all in the Second XI’s squad to begin their Second XI T20 tournament, captained by T20 skipper Sam Billings, with two fixtures on Friday (23 May) & Monday (27 May) at Polo Farm in Canterbury.

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Kent’s squad to face Essex: Daniel Bell-Drummond (Captain), Wes Agar (Overseas player), Arafat Bhuiyan, Ben Compton, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Jack Leaning, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Grant Stewart

Vitality Blast is back this June & July!

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