Match Preview: Surrey vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Surrey vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires make the journey up the A2 towards London to face Surrey at the Kia Oval in the Metro Bank One Day Cup.

The Spitfires will be looking to reach parity with their one-day results this season, after two defeats & one victory so far. Kent sit three places ahead of Surrey in Group A, but have played a game more than their oldest rivals.

We’re back at Beckenham on Sunday

Middlesex are the opponents for the Spitfires’ second One Day Cup opponents at Beckenham this year:

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Match Coverage

Surrey 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 commentary embedded.

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Opposition report

  • Captain: Rory Burns
  • Overseas players: None
  • 2022 finish: Seventh (Group A)
  • 2022 leading run-scorer: Tom Lawes (318)
  • 2022 leading wicket-taker: Conor McKerr (10)

Key player: Ben Geddes – The 22-year-old from Epsom captained a young Surrey side in last year’s competition, scoring two half-centuries but most significantly gaining valuable early-career experience of leadership. A talented strokemaker, he will now be expected to score big runs at the top of the order and showcase the ability that has already seen him score first-class hundreds despite limited opportunities to date in red-ball cricket.

Young Player to watch: Yousef Majid – Still only 19, he was just out of his final year at Cranleigh School when he played in all eight group games last summer. It was the slow left-arm spinner’s first taste of senior cricket and he impressed with both his control and temperament while taking nine wickets at a good economy rate of 5.57 runs per over.

Surrey have a remarkable 14 players contracted to play in The Hundred, meaning that once again they will be giving many of their emerging younger cricketers a chance to make a name for themselves in the 50-over competition. Last year it was then teenager Tom Lawes, now a first-team regular in all formats and one of The Hundred call-ups, who shone but this season look out for the likes of Geddes, Majid and middle-order batsman Nico Reifer to be the ones to advance their careers.

Team News

Simon Cook has named a squad of 14 for the Spitfires’ clash with oldest rivals Surrey at the Oval.

Daniel Bell-Drummond has once again 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, but is not fit to play. Jack Leaning will captain the Spitfires.

Joey Evison misses out through an injury sustained in Blackpool but will still be in attendance in South London, with Marcus O’Riordan also sidelined through injury.

Matt Parkinson is back in the squad after being unavailable to play against his parent club, Lancashire, & Nathan Gilchrist is also included once more.

Jaydn Denly, fresh from being added to the Spitfires’ one-day squad, is included.

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

Kent Spitfires squad vs. Surrey:  Jack Leaning (Captain), Arafat Bhuiyan, James Bazley (Overseas player), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Ben Compton, Jaydn Denly, Harry Finch, Nathan Gilchrist, Hamid Qadri, Matt Parkinson, 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 >>>