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Ntini to make home debut as Kent play Durham

Friday 30th April 2010

Kent go in search of their first win of the season when they welcome Durham to the St Lawrence Ground for a Clydesdale Bank 40 match.

Rob Key’s side kicked off this new competition with a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Warwickshire last week whereas Durham, with an injury ravaged attack, gave young bowlers Chris Rushworth and Will Gidman a chance to shine and they didn’t disappoint. Both played a part as they skittled out Hampshire for a meagre 115 in pursuit of 264 – a total boosted by half-centuries from Phil Mustard and Ben Harmison.

Kent will be looking for a similar result to the last time the two sides met in List A cricket when, in the summer of 2008, the Spitfires romped to an 83 run victory in a Friends Provident Trophy semi-final tie at the Riverside. A masterful batting display from Joe Denly (102) and Martin van Jaarsveld (122 no) helped Kent post a healthy 301-4. Durham were never in the hunt, in their reply, as Yasir Arafat (2-47) and James Tredwell (3-37) saw Kent cruise to victory to setup a final date with Essex. Will Smith (56) and an unbeaten 80 from Dale Benkenstein were the only Durham players to record a worthy contribution. Unfortunately Kent fell at the final hurdle when Essex took glory at Lord’s, winning by five wickets.

Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini (pictured) is set to make his one-day debut for the county after arriving on a five-week deal last week, and he will spearhead an attack boosted by the return of Azhar Mahmood, who was rested for the championship game in the week.

Kent (from): Denly, Key (C), Jones (W), van Jaarsveld, Stevens, Northeast, Hockley, Azhar Mahmood, Cook, Coles, Khan, Ntini

Durham (from): Blackwell, Mustard (W), Harmison, Smith (C), Coetzer, Stokes, Muchall, Breese, Gidman, Borthwick, Rushworth, Evans

Tickets are now only available on the gate. The price is £25 for adults and £10 for juniors.

Picture:Sarah Ansell