Somerset v Kent Spitfires (Sun, 2.30pm)

Saturday 7th July 2018

Men’s First XI

Vitality Blast

Somerset v Kent Spitfires (Sun, 2.30pm)

Kent Spitfires travel to Taunton to maintain an unbeaten start to the Vitality Blast season with a match against Somerset.

After a dramatic six-run win at The Oval, Mitch Claydon is added to the squad after an impressive outing for the second XI for the first of two away games in the Westcountry.

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After Taunton on Sunday, the Spitfires travel to Bristol to play Gloucestershire on Wednesday before playing Hampshire at home at The County Ground, Beckenham on Friday (13 July, 5.30pm).

Paceman Adam Milne has fond memories of Somerset after a club-record 5/11 at Taunton and he’s hoping for a repeat of the victory.

The New Zealander said: “It’s always good to win your first game and gives us confidence going forward. We’ll hope to stand up more with the ball on Sunday.

“It all fell into place last year after Jimmy Neesham took an amazing catch and wickets kept coming. We just need to continue to play as a unit and win games.”

Harry Podmore offers an alternative if the Spitfires opt to rotate the attack. For the hosts, paceman Craig Overton is doubtful with a side strain.

See the Spitfires at Beckenham on Friday (13 July, 5.30pm) and at The Spitfire Ground against Surrey (20 July, 7pm) and Sussex Sharks (27 July, 7pm).

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Kent Spitfires squad: 7 Sam Billings (c/wk), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 10 Alex Blake, 26 Carlos Brathwaite, 6 Joe Denly, 58 Sean Dickson, 25 Calum Haggett, 4 Heino Kuhn, 20 Adam Milne, 1 Harry Podmore, 11 Imran Qayyum, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon.

Somerset squad (probable): Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller.

Stat attack

  • After claiming the club record for T20 wicketkeeper catches, Sam Billings needs 10 more dismissals to surpass Geraint Jones’ T20 club record of 65 (46 catches, 19 stumpings)
  • Only Essex (11), Sussex and Gloucestershire (10) have scored more T20 centuries than Kent (8).
  • Joe Denly (4) has scored more T20 centuries than players from Derbyshire (2), Durham (1), Notts (3), Northants (3), Warwickshire (1).
  • Somerset achieved the lowest total ever scored against Kent in a T20 match, 82 at Taunton in 2010
  • Chris Gayle scored the highest individual score against Kent in a T20 match, in defeat to Kent at Taunton in 2015

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