Match Preview: Kent vs. Gloucestershire

Match Preview: Kent vs. Gloucestershire

Kent welcome Gloucestershire to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence for the return of the LV= Insurance County Championship from Sunday, 12 June.

Both sides will be looking to secure the first Championship wins of the season, with Kent sitting above the visitors in Division One by 18 points.

Ben Compton will again lead the line for Kent after 878 runs in his first six Championship matches of his career for the county, averaging 109.75 and having already faced 2,127 deliveries in Division One this season.

Daniel Bell-Drummond has an average of 42.44 following two Championship hundreds already this season, whilst Jordan Cox has scored over 350 runs in nine innings.

Matt Quinn currently has nine wickets to his name, with wickets shared around Kent’s bowling attack so far this season.

Last Time Out

Northamptonshire & Kent played out a draw on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Northampton.

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England opener Zak Crawley scored a second half-century of this Championship season.

With little riding on the day as the game drifted towards a draw, Crawley settled for some time in the middle, sharing a 149-run opening stand with Ben Compton. He struck the ball cleanly and crisply and accumulated seven boundaries and a six on his way to 84, It followed his first innings of 62 and marks a return to form for the opener after a string of low scores saw many questioning his England selection.

Finally the two sides shook hands on the draw with Kent at 170 for one.

Opposition Report

Gloucestershire sit bottom of Division One heading into the next cluster of Championship matches, with both sides needing a positive result to help secure top division status for next season.

The visitors will be without Australia opener Marcus Harris, who currently has the most runs for ‘Glos’ in the Championship this season, with 434. England’s James Bracey has 376 runs at 31.18, and all-rounder Ryan Higgins 366 (40.66).

Captain Chris Dent averages 83.00 with the bat after 332 runs this season in five innings, including a double century against Surrey earlier in the campaign.

With the ball, Higgins has also starred with 15 wickets, whilst Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar has 11 to his name so far.

Matchday Information

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Live Streaming

Kent vs. Gloucestershire will be streamed and embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website. BBC Radio commentary will be synced to pictures coming via Kent Cricket.

Members’ Forum

There will be a Members’ Forum on Day Two of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture in the Cowdrey Meeting Room inside the Colin Cowdrey Stand.

Members are invited to join the meeting and must have their Membership Cards with them for entry. This is exclusively a Members event, therefore Six Pack Ticket Bundle Holders will not be able to gain admittance.

Schools’ Day Out

Day Two of this fixture is also our annual ‘School’s Day Out’ where local schoolchildren are invited by the Club to experience LV= Insurance County Championship cricket.

Team News

Sam Billings will captain a Kent XI selected from a 13-strong squad named by Men’s Head Coach, Matt Walker.

New Zealand International Jacob Duffy has signed for the county for the next two Championship matches to negate the impact of injuries to Darren Stevens, Nathan Gilchrist & Harry Podmore, with Matt Milnes returning to the squad alongside the likes of Matt Quinn & Grant Stewart.

Ben Compton is back in the squad after scoring a red-ball century against New Zealand’s Test bowling attack representing a First-Class County XI at Chelmsford last month, and wicketkeeper-batter Ollie Robinson is also included as his loan deal at Durham only covers Vitality Blast matches.

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