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Vitality Blast Preview: Kent Spitfires v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset play our final group stage match in this year’s Vitality Blast tomorrow (Thursday) when we travel to The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury to face Kent in a day/night match.

Play is due to get underway at 7pm.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Since T20 was first introduced the two sides have played against each other on 14 occasions. Somerset have won three times, Kent have won 10 and one match was abandoned.

Somerset’s highest score in the series is 224 for seven at Taunton in 2015, while for Kent it is 227 for four 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.

When the two sides met in Taunton in early July it was the visitors who ran out the winners by eight wickets.

After being put into bat Somerset scored 159 for six from their 20 overs. James Hildreth made 57 off 45 balls and along with Tom Abell (36 off 24) the pair added 68 for the fourth wicket in just over seven overs. Corey Anderson then chipped in with an unbeaten 30 off 24 balls. For the visitors Carlos Braithwaite ended with four for 21.

When Kent replied they reached 162 for three in 16.3 overs. Daniel Bell-Drummond making 58 off 39 balls while Heino Kuhn remained unbeaten on 67 off 42 balls.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset’s starting XI will be selected from the following squad: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “What’s interesting in the competition this year is that we have 10 wins and that means 20 points and that would have guaranteed a home quarter-final in previous years. It just goes to show how competitive this years tournament is.

“We can only control certain things, so we will go to Canterbury looking to play the same brand of cricket and hopefully we can overturn what has been a poor run of results against them. We lost to Kent earlier in the competition and we didn’t play well that day, but moral is sky high at the moment and winning sides find a way to win and that’s what we will be looking to do.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are planning on attending the match, you can find out everything you need to know from the Kent Spitfires website by clicking here

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