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Sam Billings returns to Kent squad to face Leicestershire

Saturday 28th May 2016

Men’s First Team

England one-day star Sam Billings returns to the Kent squad after his spell in the Indian Premier League.

The 24-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate takes the gloves in a 13-man squad to face Leicestershire alongside Tom Latham and Darren Stevens who also sat out the win at Derbyshire this week.

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Mitch Claydon (ankle) is not fit to take part so Matt Hunn and Hugh Bernard could come into the side.

Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 48 Tom Latham, 6 Joe Denly, 58 Sean Dickson, 24 Adam Ball, 3 Darren Stevens, 7 Sam Billings (w), 25 Calum Haggett, 26 Matt Coles, 15 James Tredwell, 14 Matt Hunn, 27 Hugh Bernard

Leics squad: Horton, Robson, Dexter, Cosgrove (capt), Pettini, Eckersley, O’Brien, Ali, Wells, Taylor, Raine, McKay, Shreck, Sykes.

KENT V LEICESTERSHIRE

o Kent are unbeaten in 13 matches versus Leicestershire (W5 D8).

o Six of the last eight encounters between these counties to have taken place in Kent have ended in a draw, the hosts claimed victory twice.

o Kent have not lost in nine games (W3 D6) whilst Leicestershire have only tasted defeat once in six outings (W1 D4).

o Three men (Denly, Bell-Drummond & Dickson) have posted 200+ first-class innings in 2016 for Kent; the most they've seen in a calendar year since 1991.

o Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent) has averaged 117.3 in first-class cricket so far in 2016 (10 innings).

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