Match Preview: Warwickshire vs. Kent

Match Preview: Warwickshire vs. Kent

After victory in their first match of the season, Kent’s first away test for 2023 comes in the form of Warwickshire in an LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener for 2023 is now six weeks away, against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on Wednesday 24 May – entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.

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Last time out

Ben Compton’s unbeaten 114 helped Kent to a seven-wicket victory over Northamptonshire in the LV= Insurance County Championship at Canterbury.

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Compton produced a crucial stand of 167 with Jack Leaning, who made 67 not out, as Kent recovered from 60 for three to successfully chase down a target of 227, the hosts closing on 227 for three.

Earlier Rob Keogh had scored 116 not out and Gareth Berg 56 as Northamptonshire posted 331 in their second innings, the duo sharing a stand of exactly 100 that set up an initially taut run chase. Joey Evison had Kent’s best second innings bowling figures with 4-62.

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Tickets for all matches at Kent Cricket in the 2023 season, including the Vitality Blast, One-Day Cup & LV= Insurance County Championship are on sale now:

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Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener for 2023 is against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on Wednesday 24 May – entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.

Members do not need to pre-book their space at T20 matches as per last season – entry will be gained by scanning a valid 2023 Kent Cricket Membership card at the gate.

Live Match Centre

Warwickshire vs. Kent will be live streamed & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website. BBC Radio commentary will be synced to pictures coming via Warwickshire CCC.

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Opposition Report

Warwickshire’s seamers gave Somerset a final day scare before the Bears’ first LV= Insurance County Championship match of the season ended in a draw.

Having extended their first innings score from an overnight 305 for seven to 392 all out in reply to 284, Sam Hain leading the way with a patient 118, the visitors reduced their hosts to 127 for six, a lead of just 19.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby claimed three for 21 and Chris Rushworth two for 33, but they could not prevent Tom Lammonby (66 not out) and Craig Overton (29 not out) batting Somerset to safety at 180 for six. Pakistan international Hasan Ali has joined Warwickshire for the first half of the season and took three wickets in the match on debut for his new side.

Somerset took nine points and Warwickshire 11 from a contest ruined by a first-day washout at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Team News

The Club has announced the return of right-arm fast bowler Conor McKerr for a two-match loan spell, beginning with our trip to the ground in which we were crowned T20 Champions back in 2021.

Fred Klaassen has returned from international duty with the Netherlands after their ODI Series against South Africa, & is included in our travelling squad of 12.

Nathan Gilchrist has been involved in some light bowling work over the past week after injuring his back, and has bowled in Kent Second XI’s three-day friendly at Sussex this week.

Grant Stewart misses out with a minor injury sustained in our win over Northamptonshire next week.

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Kent’s Match Squad vs. Northamptonshire: Sam Billings (Captain), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Ben Compton, Jordan Cox, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joey Evison, Michael Hogan, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, Conor McKerr, Matt Quinn

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