Kent will take on Hampshire in the first match of Royal London One-Day Cup at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Thursday.
Hampshire will be hoping to enhance their recent record of five wins in six visits to Kent as they put a strong lineup against Kent.
Kent Spitfires v Hampshire stats:
- Kent Spitfires have won three successive matches against Hampshire.
- Hampshire have claimed victories in five of their last six visits to Kent however (L1).
- Hampshire won four of their last six outings on the road ahead of this contest (L2).
- Matt Coles (Kent Spitfires) took a competition-high 24 wickets last season; he took 6/56 when his side took on Hampshire last summer, his best figures of the campaign.
Head To head
Kent won 35, lost 21
Team News :
Bowlers Reece Topley and Chris Wood are available while Rilee Rossouw (finger) and Fidel Edwards (hamstring) are unavailable for this fixture due to injury, though England Lions batsman Tom Alsop – one of Hampshire’s prominent figures in the 2016 campaign – is available for selection.
Hampshire squad: James Vince (c), Michael Carberry, Jimmy Adams, Tom Alsop, Will Smith, 18 Lewis McManus (wk), Sean Ervine, Liam Dawson, Mason Crane, Chris Wood, Reece Topley, Asher Hart, Ian Holland
Skipper Sam Northeast is hoping the Spitfires can repeat their run to the knockout stages & said, “
We’re looking forward to it. The FGS Plant Tour to the West Indies this winter means we’ve played more 50-over cricket than any other county.
“We’ve done well in this competition in the last few years and I’m confident we can go well again.
“Our start in the Specsavers County Championship gives us a winning mentality and momentum for this block of games although the guys will need to get to grips with the different skills and challenges in this format.”
Kent Spitfires squad: Sam Northeast (c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Alex Blake, Sean Dickson, Will Gidman, Darren Stevens, Adam Rouse (wk), Wayne Parnell, Matt Coles, James Harris, James Tredwell, 8 Mitch Claydon.