Match Preview: Kent vs. Hampshire

Match Preview: Kent vs. Hampshire

After a week of training, Kent are back in LV= Insurance County Championship action when they welcome Hampshire to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

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The hosts will be hoping for more of the same for Ben Compton – he has 377 Championship runs so far this season, averaging 62.83 with the bat. Zak Crawley has 281 at 41.00, & all-rounder Joey Evison’s 165 runs have come at an average of 33.00.

Five Kent bowlers have five or more wickets so far for the county in Division One this season – Grant Stewart has a bowling average of 17.80 & Wes Agar took 4-69 in the match last time out against Middlesex.

Matchday Information

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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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The 2023 Kent Cricket Annual will be on sale at the Kent Cricket Shop during this match.

Members’ Forum

There will be a Members’ Forum on Day Two (Friday 12 May) during the Lunch Break inside the Ames Levett Indoor Sports Centre.

Live Match Centre

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

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Spitfires vs. Hawks becomes a T20 this June

Kent Spitfires will face Hampshire Hawks in a T20 showdown at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – under the lights on a Friday night:

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We will be supporting The BeYou Project, in association with the Club’s Official Charity Partner, Porchlight, during this match.

Opposition Report

Hampshire are currently 4th in the Division One table after two wins & two defeats.

They were defeated by Warwickshire by an innings & 84 runs last time out. In the first innings they were reduced for 35/9 after Chris Rushworth’s seven-fer & match figures of 10/76.

Captain James Vince, who scored an unbeaten 75 in the first innings, proved it was possible to survive & score runs including a 62-run last wicket stand with Mohammad Abbas. Vince also had a successful second innings, scoring 52 not out.

Mohammad Abbas match figures of 55/4, 29 overs 10 maidens, economy 1.86. He is also, remarkably, still yet to bowl a wide in County Championship cricket.

Team News

Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a squad of 13 for the visit of Hampshire.

George Linde returns to the squad after arriving back from South Africa & playing some warm-up matches for the Second XI, with Australian Wes Agar set to make his third appearance of his four-match overseas stint.

Tawanda Muyeye is rewarded for his three centuries in three successive Second XI Championship appearances with a place in the Match Squad.

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Kent’s Match Squad vs. Essex: Sam Billings (Captain), Wes Agar, Ben Compton, Jordan Cox, Zak Crawley, Joey Evison, Hamid Qadri, Michael Hogan, Jack Leaning, George Linde, Tawanda Muyeye, Matt Quinn, Grant Stewart.

Weather forecast

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