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Tom Latham set for Kent debut against Glamorgan on Sunday

Friday 29th April 2016

Men’s First Team

Overseas signing Tom Latham is set to make his Kent debut on Sunday after his arrival from New Zealand.

The 24-year-old left-hander is in a 12-man squad to face Glamorgan in the Specsavers County Championship at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

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Kent’s new man said: “The sun’s been shining since I arrived and the ground looks amazing so I’m looking forward to getting into it on Sunday.

“I’m not too extravagant and go about my work quietly to try and bat long periods of time.

“My philosophy is to put the team first so I’m coming here to build my experience but I want to win games for Kent.

“I played for New Zealand in England last year and I’ve played here a few times before. Wherever you play, it’s about adapting as quick as possible to conditions so it will be no different in county cricket.”

Adam Rouse is set to make his home Championship debut with the gloves and Sam Northeast has five specialist bowlers competing for four places in the line-up.

Meanwhile, Glamorgan's South African batsman Colin Ingram is out with a knee injury and Chris Cooke will deputise as wicketkeeper in the absence of Mark Wallace.

On-loan Middlesex seamer Harry Podmore could be drafted into the side that drew at Derby this week.

Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 48 Tom Latham, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 3 Darren Stevens, 12 Adam Rouse (wk), 25 Calum Haggett, 26 Matt Coles, 8 Mitchell Claydon, 33 Adam Riley, 27 Hugh Bernard.

Glamorgan squad:4 Jacques Rudolph (c), 3 James Kettleborough, 22 Will Bragg, 46 Chris Cooke (wk), 12 Aneurin Donald, 14 David Lloyd, 8 Graham Wagg, 44 Craig Meschede, 21 Andrew Salter, 31 Michael Hogan, Timm van der Gugten, Harry Podmore.

Kent v Glamorgan stats:

· Daniel Bell-Drummond comes into this match having struck centuries in back-to-back first class matches; he recorded an innings of 123 for Kent when these teams last met at this venue (May 2015).

· The last four meetings between these counties in Kent have all ended as draws.

· Eight of Glamorgan’s last 10 away matches have ended drawn (W1 L1).

· Michael Hogan’s taken more five wicket hauls v Kent than any other side he’s faced (four).