Match Preview: Spitfires name unchanged 12 for trip to Northants

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Men’s First Team

Match Preview: Spitfires name unchanged 12 for trip to Northants

Northants Steelbacks v Kent Spitfires

Yorkshire Bank 40 – Group A

Tuesday, 13th August – 3.40pm start

Wantage Road, Northampton

The Kent Spitfires, fresh from their win over the Worcestershire Royals on Sunday, face another crucial Yorkshire Bank 40 Group A game when they travel to Northamptonshire to take on the Steelbacks as the race for a semi-final berth continues.

The team:

The Spitfires name an unchanged side for the trip with Fabian Cowdrey likely to keep his place after blasting a quick-fire half-century on Sunday.

Kent: Tredwell (c), Key, Northeast, Nash, Stevens, Cowdrey, Harmison, Jones (wk), Coles, Claydon, Davies, Riley.

Players to watch:

Former Kent captain Rob Key has continued to show his class this season in Yorkshire Bank 40 cricket, and this was epitomised by his brutal century against the Royals on Sunday. It was his second ton of the competition and he looks in good touch going into the final stages of the season.

A string of fine performances from David Willey has seen the all-rounder selected for England Lions duty. The left-arm seam bowler and powerful-hitter is integral to the Steelbacks in all forms of the game and will be looking to add to his tally of eight wickets so far in Yorkshire Bank 40 action this season.

Pre-match chat:

Spitfires captain James Tredwell knows that the Steelback pose a tough challenge but he is backing his side to be on top of their game:

“It promises to be another tough game for us. Northants have been impressive in all formats this year. They’ve played some good championship cricket and have done well in both the Twenty20 and the Yorkshire Bank 40 too.

“We know that they can cause us problems because they have good cricketers from one to 11. Equally though, we’ve played well in this tournament so we go there full of confidence.

“If we can put our a-game out then we’ve got a good chance of beating them. We are still very much in contention in this competition.”

The season so far:

The Spitfires and the Steelbacks are currently jostling for second place in Group A, with the best runner-up across the three groups qualifying for a semi-final berth. If Kent, who are currently one point and one place above their latest opponents, win their final three games then they will be well-placed to secure a place in the final four. Tredwell’s men secured their sixth win of the campaign on Sunday by despatching Worcestershire by 39-runs at New Road. Kent batted first and posted a daunting 289 for six – a total built around an opening stand of 182 between Key (112) and Sam Northeast (93). Cowdrey then blasted 52 – off just thirty balls – to secure his maiden List A half-century. All of Kent’s bowlers then chipped in as the hosts fell short in their chase.

Northants have won five of their eight games but succumbed to group leaders Nottinghamshire by six wickets at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Previous meetings:

The two sides have already met in Yorkshire Bank 40 cricket this season, with Northants claiming a 29-run win at Tunbridge Wells. However in the corresponding fixture last season when Kent travelled north, it was the visitors who claimed a five wicket success at Wantage Road. Northants batted first and half-centuries from Alex Wakely and Christian Davis powered them to a competitive 232-9. Three wickets for Matt Coles helped keep things in check. The Spitfires then wound up short in their run-chase after Con de Lange (3-35) reduced them to 126-5, but an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 107 – from just over 13 overs – between Brendan Nash (70) and Geraint Jones (52) saw Kent through to a comfortable victory.