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Vitality Blast Preview: Kent Spitfires v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset begin the 2022 Vitality Blast campaign with a repeat of the 2021 final when we take on Kent Spitfires tomorrow (Wednesday May 25th).

Play will get underway at 7pm at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury.

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The match is also being shown live on Sky Sports Cricket (Sky Channel 404), with coverage beginning at 6:30pm.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met 22 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on six occasions, Kent have won 13 times and three matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 226 for five at Canterbury in 2018, while for Kent it is 231 for five in the same match.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 151 not out by Chris Gayle at Taunton in 2015, while for Kent it is 114 by Sam Northeast in the same game.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for 15 by Kieron Pollard at Beckenham in 2010, while for Kent it is five for 11 by Adam Milne at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2017.

The last time the two sides met in T20 cricket at Canterbury was in June 2021. It was a match that Somerset won by 10 wickets.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Zak Crawley shared an opening stand of 53 to give the hosts a solid foundation on which to build, but the Somerset bowlers maintained good pressure as Kent posted a score of 168 for eight. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming four for 27.

Devon Conway (51* from 44 balls) and Tom Banton (107* from 51) then made light work of the run chase, taking Somerset to victory from just 15.4 overs.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset have named the following 13-man squad for the match: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Rilee Rossouw, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’re all incredibly disappointed about what happened at the weekend, but the Blast is now upon us and it’s an opportunity for us to reset and focus on the T20 format.

“We’ve got fond memories of our trip to Canterbury last year where we had a comprehensive win and Bants scored a brilliant hundred.

“It’s a long tournament and inevitably you will see the players skills sharpen over the first few games. That’s what we’ve seen historically with such a short lead in to the competition. We saw last year that results didn’t go our way early on, but we managed to get to Finals Day.

“The message to the boys will be about expressing themselves, trying to deliver fundamental skills and being as competitive as we can be. The way that we grew throughout the competition last year saw people become very aware of what their roles are. We saw people grow from a confidence point of view throughout the campaign and there’s a great balance to the side and it’s a really exciting group. I see no reason why we can’t go one step further this year.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For more information please visit the official Kent CCC website

THE OPPOSITION

KENT SPITFIRES

Coach: Matt Walker

Captain: Sam Billings

2021 Performance: Winners

2021 Leading Run Scorer: Daniel Bell-Drummond (492)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Matthew Milnes (22)

Overseas players: Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan) and George Linde (South Africa)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Lewis Gregory is set to make his 100th T20 appearance for Somerset
  • Tom Abell needs 19 runs to reach the 1200 run mark for Somerset in T20 cricket
  • Lewis Gregory needs 57 runs to reach 2000 T20 career runs

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match in the Vitality Blast is on Sunday (May 29th) when we take on Essex Eagles at the Cooper Associates County Ground. This match is a double header and will also feature Western Storm v Sunrisers.

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