Match Preview: Leicestershire Foxes vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Leicestershire Foxes vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires will make the journey to the Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester to face the Leicestershire Foxes in a Royal London Cup Quarter Final.

After receiving a standing ovation as he left the field during his final white-ball appearance for Kent at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Darren Stevens returns to his home county as a Kent player for the last time.

Stevens’ 49 against Lancashire in Kent’s dramatic victory over Lancashire on Tuesday takes the right hander up to 92 tournament runs with four sixes in three innings.

Ollie Robinson is still Kent’s top run-getter in the tournament with 369, followed by Ben Compton (322) & Alex Blake (264).

Off-spinner Hamid Qadri has 12 tournament wickets at an economy of 5.84, with Matt Quinn & Nathan Gilchrist both on seven wickets apiece.

Rainbow Laces weekend

Kent Cricket will once again be showing support for the Rainbow Laces campaign weekend, which coincides with Kent Spitfires’ Royal London Cup Quarter Final against Leicestershire Foxes on Friday & Kent Women’s London Championship match with Essex at The County Ground, Beckenham.

Rainbow Laces is an annual event in the cricketing calendar that invites players, officials, fans and volunteers to promote inclusion and celebrate in solidarity with the UK’s LGBTQ+ community.

Kent Cricket echoes Rainbow Laces’ call to every club to have an opportunity to celebrate the weekend.

A freely available web toolkit is available for clubs to download and use, and it includes a number of ways for clubs to get involved, from sharing content on social media, to hosting your own Rainbow Laces match.

It is the fifth time the game has come together to celebrate and encourage LGBTQ+ participation in cricket. The campaign will run across Royal London Cup quarter-finals, The Hundred and – and for the first time – the England Men’s LV= Insurance Test match against South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford.

Last Time Out

A thrilling finish at Canterbury saw the Kent Spitfires qualify for the Royal London Cup quarter-finals with a two-wicket win over Lancashire, in Darren Stevens’ white-ball swansong at The Spitfire Ground.

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Kent were in deep trouble on 190 for six, but Harry Podmore hit Luke Wells’ penultimate ball for four to send Kent through to the knock-out stages, after a day of raw, unfiltered tension.

Opposition report

Leicestershire Foxes finished second in Group A on a dramatic final day that saw Sussex Sharks top the group by Net Run Rate alone.

The Foxes’ 12 points during the group stages came from six victories in eight matches, helped no less by two South African overseas stars – former Kent man Wiaan Mulder & left-arm pacer, Beuran Hendricks.

Hendricks has 15 wickets so far at 19.40 – the same amount as fellow seamer Chris Wright (15 @ 18.13), with Mulder having taken 13 wickets on top of his 452 tournament runs at 90.40.

Right-handed ‘keeper-batter Louis Kimber has 360 runs at 45.00, & all-rounder Aaron Lilley has 193 at 27.57.

Match Coverage

Leicestershire Foxes vs. Kent Spitfires will be live streamed with embedded commentary via the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website, which will also host a live video scorecard. Pictures will be provided by Leicestershire CCC.

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

Team News

Joe Denly captains a 13-strong travelling squad for Kent Spitfires’ Royal London Cup Quarter Final.

Tawanda Muyeye remains ruled out with odontalgia, which requires treatment. He is expected to make a quick recovery.

George Linde is managing an a knee injury & is expected to be fit for South Africa’s domestic season.

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In the spirit of Raising The Game, Rainbow Laces weekend gives your club a chance to make a public commitment to making cricket a game for everyone.

Celebrating Rainbow Laces helps to create a more welcoming environment in cricket for the LGBTQ+ community, including fans, players, officials, volunteers who don’t currently feel they can be themselves.

By embracing diversity, sport can drive societal change and take important steps to eradicate discrimination wherever it exists.

Cricket has already made progress on these issues, but there is much more to be done. Taking small steps can often have a huge impact.

View Rainbow Laces Toolkit

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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