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Vitality Blast Preview: Kent Spitfires v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Spitfire County Ground, St Lawrence to face Kent Spitfires in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Monday).

Play will get underway at 7pm.

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The match is also being shown live on Sky Sports.

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 20 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on five occasions, Kent have won 12 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 at Canterbury in 2018.

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.

The last time that the two sides met in the competition was earlier this month at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset won the match by 47 runs.

Tom Abell (68) and Lewis Goldsworthy (48) saw Somerset to a total of 204 for seven from their 20 overs.

Despite 48 from Zak Crawley, the visitors were dismissed for 157 with two overs to spare.

Marchant de Lange was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 18 from three overs.

TEAM NEWS

James Hildreth (hip) has joined Roelof van der Merwe (side strain) and Tom Abell (hamstring) on the sidelines and Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Devon Conway, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green,  Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Will Smeed and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the trip, Jason Kerr said: “Every win gives you confidence and the player’s belief in each other is growing, especially in this format. We’ve got different people stepping up at different times, which is good to see. It’s pleasing to see us adapting as a unit

“Kent are playing some good cricket at the moment and their confidence will be high. Having said that, we beat them at Taunton. We need to go there and keep improving as a unit.”

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

Last Year’s Performance: Quarter-finalists

2020 Leading Runscorer: Daniel Bell-Drummond (423, 42.3)

2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Fred Klaassen (13, 28.76)

Overseas players: Mohammed Amir (Pakistan – after conclusion of PSL), Qais Ahmed (Afghanistan – whole tournament)

Key man: Mohammed Amir – His availability could be an issue, but Amir potentially gives Kent something they’ve lacked all season: a genuine strike threat and the capacity to generate fear in batsmen.

Flies under the radar: Jack Leaning – The third-highest scorer last time out, he took four for 16 in a second XI warm-up against Essex and after a tough start seems to be improving with every week.

Best Player Under 24: Ollie Robinson – Hopes are high for Tawanda Muyeye, but Robinson has been the brightest spark on and off the field so far, embracing the chance to open in red ball cricket.

Blast expectations: The switch to the white-ball will come as a relief for a side bottom of their LV= Insurance County Championship group, despite Walker’s pre-season statement that this was the most excited he’d been about a group of players for a long time. A two-day defeat in Cardiff aside, Kent haven’t been abject, but they’ve never really been close to winning either. Amir should address the obvious lack of firepower and there’s talk of a recall for Darren Stevens in the wake of his unhinged 190 against Glamorgan at Canterbury. The 45-year-old hasn’t played T20 for two years, but brings the kind of experience that might just see the Spitfires over the line, having hit the winning runs when Kent won the tournament in 2007 – the last time the county lifted a trophy.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Tuesday when we travel to the Cloudfm County Ground to take on Essex in the Vitality Blast.

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