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Match Preview: Surrey vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires face Surrey at the Kia Oval in London for another Vitality Blast edition of the oldest rivalry in world cricket.


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Last Time Out

Kent Spitfires’ Nathan Gilchrist bowled a near-perfect fifth over to put the visitors ahead on DLS against Gloucestershire and ultimately seal a win for the Spitfires at Cheltenham College in the Vitality Blast.

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Glos openers Miles Hammond and Cameron Bancroft made 23 in three overs to ease ahead of the DLS requirement after Kent had put on 150 in their first innings, only for the rain forecast for early evening to arrive ahead of schedule with two overs more needing to be bowled to constitute a game.

When play finally resumed an hour later with the home side chasing a revised target of 145 from 19 overs, Kent reasserted themselves, Gilchrist removing Bancroft and James Bracey in the space of four balls in the fifth over.


Opposition Report

Previewed by Mark Baldwin – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Chris Jordan
  • Overseas players: Sean Abbott (Australia), Spencer Johnson (Australia) – both available for first eight matches.
  • Finals Day appearances: Eight (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2020, 2023)
  • Titles: One (2003)
  • 2023 finish: Semi-finals
  • 2023 leading run-scorer: Laurie Evans (563)
  • 2023 leading wicket-taker: Sunil Narine (20)

Key winter moves: Surrey have pulled off something of a coup by signing the exciting Australian international left-arm quick Spencer Johnson, for the first eight group games. Johnson grabbed English audiences’ attention when he took an extraordinary 3 for 1 in 20 balls in last summer’s The Hundred, for Oval Invincibles against Manchester Originals.

The big question: A significant monkey on Surrey’s back is the constant reminder that their only previous T20 triumph came under Adam Hollioake’s captaincy in the inaugural tournament way back in 2003, despite eight appearances overall at Finals Day. Last year they were beaten by 24 runs in the semi-final by eventual winners Somerset.

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Weather Watch

LONDON WEATHER

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Live Match Centre

Surrey vs. Kent Spitfires will be live streamed & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

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Pictures & sound will be provided by Surrey CCC.


Team News

Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a 14-strong squad for the visit to Cheltenham.

Sam Billings skippers the side, with Feroze Khushi available for the Spitfires as part of his loan agreement.

Zak Crawley is with England’s squad ahead of their Test series against West Indies beginning next week, whilst Joe Denly (knee) remains sidelined.

Beyers Swanepoel (hamstring), Matt Quinn, Fred Klaassen & Michael Cohen (all back) remain unavailable.

Kent Spitfires’ Matchday Squad, presented by Shepherd Neame >>>

Kent Spitfires’ squad to face Surrey: Sam Billings (Captain), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, George Garrett, Nathan Gilchrist, Feroze Khushi, Jack Leaning, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Tom Rogers (Overseas player), Jas Singh, Grant Stewart

Next Home T20 Match

Kent Spitfires face Sussex Sharks in a Friday-night showdown – the War of the Wealds!

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