Match Preview: Yorkshire Vikings vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Yorkshire Vikings vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires head to the Yorkshire coast to face Yorkshire Vikings at Scarborough Cricket Club in the opening match of the 2023 Metro Bank One Day Cup.

The Spitfires will look to defend their one-day title after winning the One Day Cup after a 48-year wait in September 2022 at Trent Bridge.

Joe Denly has once again been named as captain of Kent Spitfires in 50-over competition this year, with Jack Leaning in-post as vice captain.

Michael Hogan will not play in the tournament, but will be a part of the coaching setup as assistant. Simon Cook has been named as interim Head Coach for the competition.

The Metro Bank One Day Cup returns in the school Summer Holidays!

Kent Spitfires will defend their title at home matches both in Canterbury & Beckenham:

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Match Coverage

Yorkshire Vikings 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 with BBC radio commentary embedded.

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Opposition report

  • Captain: Shan Masood
  • Overseas player: Shan Masood (Pakistan)
  • 2022 finish: Fifth (Group B)
  • 2022 leading runscorer: Harry Duke (429)
  • 2022 leading wicket taker: Matthew Waite (14)

Key player: Shan Masood – The club captain returns from Pakistan Test duty to lead a youthful squad shorn of nine players because of The Hundred. He is the experienced head and the linchpin top order batter who others can play around. Ideal personal preparation for the left-hander ahead of a potential ODI World Cup campaign in October.

Young Player to watch: James Wharton – The 22-year-old batter is yet to make his List A debut, but he has shown flashes of encouragement in the other two formats this year, including scoring a blistering century in the Vitality Blast group stage. The tall right-hander from Huddersfield hits long and hard down the ground.

Ottis Gibson has given up his assistant coach’s role with the Northern Superchargers in The Hundred to take charge of the Vikings in the One-Day Cup. Yorkshire avoided a points deduction from the CDC when it announced its sanctions, which gives the club hope of pushing for silverware this summer.

Team News

Interim Men’s Head Coach Simon Cook has named a 14-strong squad to face Yorkshire Vikings.

Jack Leaning will skipper the side in Joe Denly’s absence due to a side injury.

Overseas player James Bazley & loan signing Matt Parkinson could make their official Kent debuts in this match.

Grant Stewart has returned from international duty from Italy & is available for selection.

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

Kent Spitfires squad vs. Yorkshire Vikings: Jack Leaning (Captain), Arafat Bhuiyan, James Bazley (Overseas player), Alex Blake, Ben Compton, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Nathan Gilchrist, Hamid Qadri, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Matt Quinn, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart

The Metro Bank One Day Cup returns 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 >>>