Match Preview: Lancashire vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Lancashire vs. Kent Spitfires

Trent Bridge in Nottingham is the venue for Kent’s eighth One-Day Cup Final as the Kent Spitfires face Lancashire in the final of the 2022 Royal London Cup.

The Spitfires earned their final berth playing some outstanding cricket to win five matches in a row, including knockout ties, to reach the Final.

The Club has already stated that the squad for the Final will be selected from the players that have taken Kent to their first One-Day Cup Final in four years, and will be led by tournament Captain, Joe Denly, & Interim Head Coach for the tournament, Simon Cook.

Hamid Qadri’s off-spin leads the way for Kent with the ball, with 14 wickets at an economy of 5.90, followed by Nathan Gilchrist’s 11 seam wickets, with big contributions from Grant Stewart (9) & Joe Denly (8).

With bat in hand, Ollie Robinson has 491 runs to his name at a strike rate of 127.20, a rate bettered only by Darren Stevens’ 132.21, whose runs secured victory away at Hampshire in the Semi-Final.

Robinson’s 206* one matchday one is a new Club record for an individual List A innings, with Joey Evison’s 109 the other score to reach three figures, against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.

Left-hander Ben Compton also has 380 runs at an average of 42.22 opening the batting.

Last Time Out

Darren Stevens continued his Kentish farewell tour with an outrageous 84 off 65 balls to send Kent Spitfires to the Royal London Cup final.

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He will round off his List A career with the county with potential for silverware after striking a six off his legs and then a driven four to take his side over the line.

Ollie Robinson’s 95 and Harry Finch’s 63 had set up Kent chasing down 310 before the 46-year-old marshalled his side to a three-wicket victory.

Opposition report

Lancashire finished second in Group B of the tournament, one place above Kent, after five wins, two defeats & one no result from their eight group matches.

Dane Vilas scored an important century to see the Red Rose into the Final of the Royal London Cup with victory over Sussex at Hove. The ‘keeper-batter made his return from injury against Kent Spitfires in Lancashire’s dramatic defeat at Canterbury, & so far has 172 runs in three innings.

115 from Steven Croft helped Lancashire past Nottinghamshire in their Quarter Final at Blackpool, & the batting all-rounder now has 313 runs at an average of 62.60. Opener Keaton Jennings has 318 runs at 45.42, with Lancashire’s top-scorer in the tournament, Luke Wells, on 339 runs at 37.66.

The right-arm seam duo of Liam Hurt & Danny Lamb have accounted for 13 wickets apiece, whilst Tom Bailey has 10 wickets at an average of 26.90 & New Zealand’s Will Williams has nine wickets at 20.11.

Ticket & Venue Information

Tickets for the 2022 Royal London Cup Final are available via Trent Bridge using the button below:

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Visitor Information for all travelling to Nottingham for Saturday can be found below:

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Match Coverage

The Royal London Cup Final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & will therefore not be shown on YouTube.

For Kent supporters that do not have a Sky Sports subscription, the match will be live streamed for free via the ECB website, by logging in with a free-to-create We Are England Cricket Supporters account.

A live video scorecard will run simultaneously via the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

Live score updates will also be provided via the Club’s official Twitter account.

Team News

Alex Blake has recovered from a finger injury sustained in the Spitfires’ Semi-Final victory at Hampshire & is named in a 14-strong Spitfires squad unchanged from Kent’s win at the Ageas Bowl, led by Joe Denly.

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Show your support for the Kent Spitfires ahead of the 2022 Royal London Cup Final by purchasing your commemorative merchandise now.

Special commemorative Castore Sportswear shirts displaying the fixture & date of the final, which will also appear on the players’ shirts on 17 September, are available to purchase now with no further additional charge to any adult or junior Kent Spitfires Royal London Cup shirt: £50 for adult sizes & £45 for juniors.

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The Club is also delighted to offer any name or number printing for these special commemorative shirts for £10 additional cost. To buy, please phone Barrie directly in the shop on the number listed below.

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Commemorative caps are also available in-store or online at the Kent Cricket Shop, also including the date & venue of this year’s 50-over final, at £20.

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All valid Kent Members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise at the Kent Cricket Shop – buy online now or phone Barrie directly on 01227 473 612.

The deadline for all orders to guarantee delivery before matchday is Friday 9 September.

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will once again host a full England Women’s One-Day International (WODI) match in 2022, with a Royal London WODI against India under the lights in Canterbury on Wednesday, 21 September.

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