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Vitality Blast Preview: Kent Spitfires v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset will be looking to continue our impressive start to this year’s Vitality Blast when we travel to the Spitfire Ground to take on Kent Spitfires.

Somerset began this season’s campaign with a comprehensive eight-wicket win at Glamorgan last night whilst this will be Kent’s opening fixture.

Play is due to get underway at 7pm.

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The match will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage starting at 6:45pm.

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 sides have clashed on 15 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won three times, Kent have won 11 and one was abandoned.

Somerset’s highest score in the series 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 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 return for Somerset if four for 15 by Kieron Pollard at Beckenham in 2010, while for Kent it is five for 11 by Adam Milne at Taunton in 2017.

TEAM NEWS

Tom Abell will captain the side in the absence of Lewis Gregory who will be joining up with the England Test squad. Jack Leach is also unavailable for the same reason.

Tim Groenewald and George Bartlett have been called in to the 13-man squad.

The Somerset squad is: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’ll be another tough game but we know what our philosophy is and we know the brand of cricket that we want to play.

“Obviously we’ll be lining up slightly differently because we’ve lost Lewis and Jack to England duty. Tom Abell will take over the reins and it will give someone else the opportunity to show what they can do.

“The way the guys approached everything last night was excellent and 90% of what we did was outstanding. Winning gives you confidence and I know that the guys are looking forward to it.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Among players to take more than 10 wickets in the death overs last season no bowler had a lower strike rate than Jamie Overton’s seven balls per wicket.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Kent Spitfires website.

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