Scotland internationals bolster Spitfires’ ranks

Friday 16th July 2021

Scotland internationals bolster Spitfires’ ranks

Kent Cricket is pleased to announce the signings of Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif and George Munsey for Kent Spitfires’ final two Vitality Blast South Group matches.

The trio of Scotland international players will be available for the trip to Lord’s to face Middlesex on Friday (16 July) and for the visit of Sussex Sharks to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence this coming Sunday (18 July).

Right-handed Glaswegian batter Calum MacLeod has made 120 T20 appearances in his career to date including Vitality Blast stints with Durham, Derbyshire and Sussex Sharks, and has scored 2,938 runs at an average of 28.52.

The 32-year-old has two T20 hundreds to his name and 49 IT20 appearances, with a career strike rate in T20 cricket of 122.72. He is no stranger to Kent’s cricket community, after playing for both Bexley and Lordswood in the Kent Cricket League.

Safyaan Sharif, a right-arm fast-medium pacer that has featured in 42 IT20s, also played for Derbyshire in the 2018 Vitality Blast. He has a career bowling strike rate of 17.54 in T20 cricket.

In International T20s, Sharif has taken 49 wickets at 24.18, and has a T20 economy rate of 7.85. The 30-year-old also toured Pakistan with MCC in 2020.

Left-hander George Munsey is known for his explosive hitting, and in making 1,231 runs in T20 cricket from his 50 career appearances at 27.97, the 28-year-old has a batting strike rate of 154.64.

He featured for Hampshire in the 2020 Vitality Blast, and has one IT20 century – 127 not out against Fred Klaassen’s Netherlands in 2019.

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said: “It has been a difficult week as we have sought to put a competitive T20 side together to fulfil our commitments following the isolation of our whole Vitality Blast squad this week.

“Calum, Safyaan and George are talented, experienced T20 cricketers who are excited to join us in our quest to secure a home Quarter Final in this competition.”

Middlesex vs. Kent Spitfires squad announcement

Zak Crawley will captain Kent for the first time in his career after returning from England duty, ably assisted by the Captain and Vice-Captain from Kent’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Sussex this week, Heino Kuhn and Harry Podmore.

From the debutants in the match against Sussex in which Kent earned a draw on the final day, centurion Harry Finch, Joe Gordon and Dan Lincoln are all included in a Kent Spitfires squad for the first time.

Slow left-arm bowler Elliot Hooper, who plays his club cricket for Bickley Park and made his first-class debut for Sussex in 2019, is included in a Kent Men’s First XI squad for the first time. He has played in four of Kent Second XI’s T20s this season, including figures of 4-0-24-1 against Middlesex and 2-0-15-1 against Hampshire.

Matt Quinn and Hamid Qadri could also make their Kent Spitfires T20 debuts after also being included.

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