On this week’s instalment of ‘The Spitfire Sessions,’ we will be joined once again by current club captain Sam Billings, along with former Kent captains, Rob Key, David Fulton & Matthew Fleming.
The session will centre around what it takes to be a Kent captain, as they discuss some of their experiences and memories of leading the team.
This forum is open to all, and the panel will be answering questions put to them by supporters and stakeholders. Supporters are asked to submit questions to the club in advance via e-mail to TheSpitfireSessions.Kent@ecb.co.uk.
From the advanced questions received, a star question will be selected by the panel and awarded with a prize, kindly donated by Shepherd Neame.
Sam Billings is set to make his third appearance on The Spitfire Sessions. The current captain of Kent Cricket, has scored 6408 runs and taken 260 catches in 218 matches so far for the county, after graduating from the Kent Cricket Academy in 2011.
The right-hander has made 42 appearances for his country in white-ball cricket to date, top scoring with 87 against West Indies in an IT20 in March 2019.
Rob Key scored 19,419 first-class runs including 270 not out for Kent against Glamorgan in 2009 and 221 for England against the West Indies at Lord’s in 2004.
He was capped by England at under-19 level and by his county in 2001, before making his full international debut in 2002, playing in 15 Tests, five One-Day internationals and a T20 for his country.
Key was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2005 before being appointed club captain the following year.
He served as skipper for nine years in two spells before stepping down in 2015. His tenure was the longest captaincy at Kent since Colin Cowdrey’s 15-year spell in the role from 1957 to 1971. He also led the side to victory in the T20 final against Gloucestershire.
Since his retirement, Key has become a fan favourite on Sky Sports.
David Fulton spent his entire career at Kent and led the county between 2003 and 2005. He made 325 appearances for the Club between 1992 and 2006, winning two trophies and scoring 14,453 runs at 33.07.
He scored 28 centuries for Kent, making a top score of 208* versus Somerset in 2001.
After retiring from the game, Fulton has forged a television career as a presenter for Sky Sports.
Matthew Fleming was a Kent stalwart as a player, making 219 first-class appearances for the county between 1989 and 2002.
An industrious all-rounder, Fleming scored 9206 runs at an average of 30.18 and took 290 wickets at 35.91 runs apiece.
He also played 314 List A matches for Kent, scoring 6161 runs at an average of 24.74 and taking 377 wickets at an average of 25.71. His performances in the shorter form of the game earned him 11 One-Day International caps for England.
Since retiring from cricket, Fleming went on to serve as president of the Marylebone Cricket Club.