Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Kent Spitfires v Somerset
Somerset travel to the Spitfire Ground tomorrow (Tuesday) to take on Kent Spitfires in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Somerset are currently second in the South Group table with six points from our five matches whilst Kent Spitfires are seventh with four points from their four matches.
The match is due to start at 2pm.
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In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two teams have met it List A cricket on 69 occasions. Somerset have won 31 times, Kent have come out on top 34 times, one match was tied and two were abandoned.
The first time the two sides met in List A cricket was in the final of the 60-over Gillette Cup at Lord’s in 1967.
Kent Captain Colin Cowdrey won the toss and elected to bat.
Roy Palmer and Bill Alley both took three wickets as Kent were dismissed for 193 from 59.4 overs. Brian Luckhurst top scored with 54 whilst Michael Denness also made a half century.
Peter Robinson top scored for Somerset with 48 but only four of his teammates reached double figures as Somerset were all out for 161 from 54.5 overs as Kent won by 32 runs and lifted the trophy.
The last time the teams clashed in List A cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in last year’s Royal London One-Day Cup.
Once again Kent won the toss and elected to bat.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (106) and Alex Blake (116) helped their side to post a total of 352 for 6 from their allotted overs. Craig Overton was the pick of the bowlers with three for 66.
The Somerset reply got off to the worst possible start and the home side slipped to 19 for two. However, 135 from just 119 balls from Peter Trego got the chase back on track. James Hildreth (64) and Dean Elgar (55) also impressed with the bat as the home side reached their target to win by four wickets with 15 balls to spare.
Somerset continue to be without Jack Leach (thumb), Tom Abell (finger), Dom Bess (England) and Josh Davey (quad).
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match:
Tom Banton, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matt Renshaw, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren and Max Waller.
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Stand-in Captain Lewis Gregory said: “We have not had the rub of the green when playing Kent over the last few years, so it would be great to go there and put in another really good performance. We are in a good position in the table but we probably need to win 2 of our last 3 games to give ourselves the best chance of qualification.
“If we keep putting in performances like we did yesterday against Middlesex, I am confident we will be OK.”
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