Match Preview: Kent vs. Warwickshire

Match Preview: Kent vs. Warwickshire

Warwickshire come to The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence to take on a resurgent Kent side in the Specsavers County Championship from Sunday 30th June.

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The hosts go into this game after a return to form against Nottinghamshire at The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells with a 285-run victory on Day Four.

Zak Crawley scored 111 runs in Kent’s first innings before Matt Milnes took his first career five-fer against his former county in Nottinghamshire’s reply.

Joe Denly’s second innings score of 167 not out set up Kent’s bowlers to clean up Nottinghamshire’s batsmen, most noticeably with another Kent five-fer in the match from Harry Podmore, to secure a big win in what was previewed as a must-win game for both sides.

The two sides last met in this competition back in April, where Kent picked up an eight wicket win, their first of the season.

There were two centurions amongst Kent’s ranks in their first innings.

Zak Crawley scored his second career first-class century with 108, before 143 from Ollie Robinson saw Kent through to 504/9, declaring their first innings with the bat.

Despite 132 from Dom Sibley in Warwickshire’s first innings, the Bears were all out for 346 and were asked to follow-on by Kent captain Heino Kuhn.

Another century, this time from Tim Ambrose (107), helped Warwickshire post 280 all out before Kent saw off the required 123 runs with 48 from Matt Renshaw, 45 for Crawley and 18 from Daniel-Bell Drummond to take 24 County Championship points away from Edgbaston.

Darren Stevens is included in the squad after taking his first ever hat-trick for Kent in a Second XI Championship match against Somerset this week.

Wiaan Mulder is out with an ankle problem, whilst Sam Billings (shoulder) and Ivan Thomas (knee) remain sidelined.

Kent squad

Heino Kuhn (Captain)

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Zak Crawley

Joe Denly

Sean Dickson

Matt Milnes

Harry Podmore

Ollie Rayner

Ollie Robinson

Darren Stevens

Grant Stewart

Things you need to know

Live streaming

  • All Specsavers County Championship matches at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence in Canterbury that are NOT televised will be live streamed
  • This fixture will be live streamed and available to watch here

Getting here

  • The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence in Canterbury enjoys good travel links with London and the rest of Kent
  • Full travel information can be found here


  • Unfortunately there will be no public pay-on-the-gate or life member on-site parking (excluding pre-paid parking pass holders & blue badge holders) and no parking at Simon Langton Girls’ School
  • We highly recommend use of the New Dover Road Park & Ride – CT1 3EL (£3.50 per day) – More information here


  • We recommend that you pre-buy your tickets before gates open at 10am to enjoy £5 off the gate price (first three days only)
  • Tickets will be available on the gate for £20
  • Day Four tickets will be available for £10 in advance or on the gate

Members’ Forum

  • The latest ever-popular Member’s Forum will be held at Lunch on Day Two (Monday) in the Pavilion at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence

Food & Drink

  • Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink – four cans of beer OR a bottle of wine are allowed per person
  • Re-admittance into the ground with alcohol is not permitted

Weather Forecast

  • The latest Met Office forecast is set for sunshine and hot weather for all four scheduled days
  • Spectators are advised to bring sunhats, suncream and to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day

Blast is back! Kent Spitfires get their T20 campaign underway with a home tie against Somerset at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence on Saturday 20th July at from 19:00

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