Match Preview: Lancashire vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Lancashire vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires head to the Lancashire coast to face Lancashire at Blackpool Cricket Club in their second away match of the 2023 Metro Bank One Day Cup.

This is a repeat of the 2022 Final, where Kent were victorious at Trent Bridge by 21 runs.

The Spitfires will be looking to bounce back after defeat against Leicestershire Foxes on Sunday at The County Ground, Beckenham on Sunday – coming after an opening-day win over Yorkshire Vikings at Scarborough.

Kent are currently fourth in Group A – level on points with three other sides. The Group winners automatically gain a home Semi Final in the competition, with the second & third placed sides contesting Quarter Finals.

The Metro Bank One Day Cup returns in the school Summer Holidays!

Kent Spitfires will defend their title at home matches both in Canterbury & Beckenham:

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Match Coverage

Lancashire vs. Kent Spitfires will be live streamed via YouTube with synced commentary, sitting inside the Match Centre of the Kent Cricket website:

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All of Kent Spitfires’ home & away matches during the Metro Bank One Day Cup will be live streamed for free & on YouTube with BBC radio commentary embedded.

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Opposition report

  • Captain: Keaton Jennings
  • Overseas player: Dane Vilas (South Africa)
  • 2022 finish: Beaten finalists
  • 2022 leading runscorer: Keaton Jennings (390)
  • 2022 leading wicket taker: Liam Hurt (15)

Key player: Liam Hurt and Danny Lamb shared 29 wickets in last season’s One-Day Cup. But Hurt was released last the winter and Lamb is heading to Sussex this winter. It’s unclear how much Lamb will play. Others will need to step up, including in-form seamer Tom Bailey, who claimed 12 50-over wickets last year. He has enjoyed superb Championship form in 2023.

Young Player to watch: Tom Aspinwall – The 19-year-old is a seam bowling all-rounder who was part of the England Under 19s run to the World Cup final in February of last year. Yet to make his first-team debut but is likely to get game time after some superb recent second-team form.

Lancashire have to be one of the favourites for this competition, despite losing seven players to The Hundred. They have the depth and quality to go one step further than last season’s final defeat at Kent. With no trophies in the Vitality Blast and almost certainly the Championship this year, this is a hugely important competition for the county.

Team News

Simon Cook has named a squad of 13 for the Spitfires’ trip to Blackpool.

Daniel Bell-Drummond has been released by London Spirit to play in this match. Players are only eligible for release if their Hundred team has played at least two matches in The Hundred & the respective player has not been named in the starting XI for their Hundred team’s last two matches. Players also cannot play for their county on the same day as their Hundred franchise plays.

Joe Denly has travelled with the squad as the Club’s medical team continues to assess his side strain. Should he not play, Jack Leaning, who made his 100th Kent appearance in all formats last time out, will continue to captain the side.

Matt Parkinson will not be able to play in this match due to the loan agreement in place with Lancashire. Nathan Gilchrist & Marcus O’Riordan have not made the trip to minimise workload as they return from their long-term injuries.

Kent Spitfires’ Matchday Squad, presented by WW Martin >>>

Kent Spitfires squad vs. Lancashire: Joe Denly (Captain), Jack Leaning (Vice Captain), Arafat Bhuiyan, James Bazley (Overseas player), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Ben Compton, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Hamid Qadri, Matt Quinn, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart

The Metro Bank One Day Cup is throughout in the school Summer Holidays!

Kent Spitfires will defend their title at home matches both in Canterbury & Beckenham, with Under 15s tickets just £1!

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Match Previews of Kent Spitfires’ one-day fixtures are proudly sponsored by WW Martin >>>