Match Preview: Kent vs. Surrey

Match Preview: Kent vs. Surrey

Kent’s oldest rivals Surrey come to The County Ground, Beckenham in the Specsavers County Championship as the hosts look to make it two wins in two against the visitors in all competitions this season.

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The hosts have already beaten the visitors this season with an emphatic win in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the Kia Oval by eight wickets earlier this month.

Matt Milnes took 3/37 and Daniel Bell-Drummond scored 41 with the bat as the Spitfires bowled Surrey out for just 127 in only 35.2 overs before succesfully negotiating their run chase in 28 overs.

New overseas signing Wiaan Mulder is set to make his Kent debut as he replaces the departed Matt Renshaw for the next seven County Championship matches.

In first-class cricket, the right-arm seamer has taken 66 wickets to date in 22 matches at an average of just 22.93 with best bowling figures in an innings of 7/25 in only his second first-class appearance for the Lions against the Dolphins in 2016.

Usually batting at five or six, Mulder also averages 39.50 with the bat in first-class cricket with a high score of 146 in Bloemfontein this January.

Kent will take heart from a hard-fought final day batting display that saw them just miss out on securing a draw against a very strong Yorkshire side at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence.

Ollie Robinson’s rich vein of form has seen the wicketkeeper-batsman score two centuries in as many County Championship games going into this fixture.

Surrey come to Beckenham on the back of two draws in their last two games, with Essex and Somerset respectively.

Sam Billings (shoulder), Calum Haggett (elbow), Grant Stewart (back) and Ivan Thomas (knee) are still sidelined in the rehabilitation phases from their respective injuries.

Joe Denly is still with the England squad as they prepare for the Cricket World Cup.

Kent squad in full

Heino Kuhn (Captain)

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Alex Blake

Mitchell Claydon

Zak Crawley

Sean Dickson

Fred Klaassen

Matt Milnes

Wiaan Mulder

Harry Podmore

Adam Riley

Ollie Robinson

Darren Stevens

Things you need to know

Live streaming

  • As part of our ongoing testing process to deliver live streaming at The County Ground, Beckenham, we are delighted to report that we will be working to deliver a live streaming solution for this week’s Specsavers County Championship game available via the match centre on

Getting here

  • The County Ground, Beckenham enjoys good travel links to East Kent and Central London.
  • Full travel information can be found here


  • Parking at The County Ground, Beckenham costs £10 on the gate (free for life members)


  • We recommend that you pre-buy your tickets before gates open at 10am to enjoy £5 off the gate price
  • Tickets will be available on the gate for £20


  • Hot food will be available at The County Ground from various food concessions
  • Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink – four cans of beer OR a bottle of wine are allowed
  • Re-admittance into the ground with alcohol is not permitted

Wet Weather Policy

  • Sadly cricket matches are sometimes adversely affected by rain and play can be stopped
  • The County Ground, Beckenham has no covered seating – we highly recommend supporters bring coats or umbrellas
  • View the club’s Wet Weather Policy here

Somerset visit The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence in a repeat of the hard-fought County Championship season opener that went down to the final day

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