Match Preview: Kent vs. Worcestershire

Match Preview: Kent vs. Worcestershire

Kent take on Worcestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in the Vitality County Championship, beginning on Friday 10 May.

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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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Josh Baker

Following the untimely passing of Worcestershire’s Josh Baker, who was aged only 20 years old, both sides will be wearing black armbands throughout the match, with flags of both Kent & Worcestershire flying at half mast.

A minute’s applause by both sets of players will take place prior to play on Day One.

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. Worcestershire in your FREE Digital Match Programme:

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Members’ Forum

A Members’ Forum will take place at Lunch during Day Two (Saturday 11 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. Worcestershire will be live streamed & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

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Opposition Report

  • Captain: Brett D’Oliveira
  • Head Coach: Alan Richardson
  • 2023 finish: Second (Division Two)
  • 2023 highest run-scorer: Jake Libby (1153)
  • 2023 highest wicket-taker: Joe Leach (48)

Newly-promoted Worcestershire are currently seventh in Division One, with three draws and one defeat so far this red-ball season.

Jake Libby is currently the Pears’ top run-scorer, with 349 runs in six innings, followed by former Kent Academy scholar Kashif Ali on 300.

With the ball, New Zealand overseas player Nathan Smith has 13 wickets with his right-arm seam at an average of 19.38, and Adam Finch has 11 wickets to his name.

Last time out, Worcestershire drew with Somerset despite a first-innings declaration.

Last Time Out

Daniel Bell-Drummond made an unbeaten 79 to steer his side to a deserved seven-wicket victory over Lancashire in the Vitality County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.

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The Kent skipper has now passed fifty in four of his eight innings this season but he and the other Kent batters had to withstand a trial by spin before reaching their target of 164 and completing their county’s first win on the ground since 1997.

Team News

Kent Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a squad of 13 for Kent vs. Worcestershire.

South African fast-bowling all-rounder Beyers Swanepoel has arrived in CT1 and could make his Kent debut in this match. Two Overseas Players are permitting in a Playing XI, with Australia bowler Wes Agar also in the squad, fresh from match figures of 7-100 in Manchester last time out.

Matt Quinn (back) remains unfit after sustaining injuries 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. Tawanda Muyeye has not been selected for this match after also not travelling to Lancashire.

2023/4 Sheffield Shield winner Charlie Stobo will arrive in Kent from 20 May on an all-format deal that runs until 16 September.

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Kent’s Match Squad, presented by Black Opal Travel Group >>>

Kent’s squad to face Worcestershire: Daniel Bell-Drummond (Captain), Wes Agar (Overseas Player), Ben Compton, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, George Garrett, Nathan Gilchrist, Jack Leaning, Matt Parkinson, Grant Stewart, Beyers Swanepoel (Overseas Player)

Make sure you’re here for the all-action Vitality Blast in June and July

Tickets for your Summer social in Canterbury to see the Kent Spitfires in T20 competition are on sale now:

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Lock in your place at The Spitfire Ground this Summer. Several matches completely sold out in 2023!

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