2019 Royal London One-Day Cup – Kent vs Hampshire Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Kent vs Hampshire taking place? Wednesday 17th April, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Kent vs Hampshire taking place? The Spitfire Ground

What is the expected weather for Kent vs Hampshire? 13-15c dry and cloudy with sunny spells

What channel is Kent vs Hampshire in the UK? This match will be televised live on Sky Sport Cricket

Where can I stream Kent vs Hampshire? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Kent vs Hampshire? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Hampshire beat Kent by 61 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

KENT

Coach: Matt Walker

Captain: Sam Billings (Heino Kuhn is interim captain for this match)

  • Kent will hope to take inspiration from last year’s spectacular Royal London One-Day Cup campaign which saw Matt Walker’s side win seven of their ten matches and reach their first final in ten years, before ultimately losing to their opening opponents in this season’s campaign, Hampshire.

  • Kent have started their first season back in County Championship Division One since 2010 with a couple of inconsistent results, as they fell to a 74 run defeat to Somerset in their opening fixture before recording a solid victory over Warwickshire, featuring a century for Zak Crawley.

  • Coach Walker will hope interim captain Heino Kuhn can pick up his form from last season which saw him reach the top of the run-scoring charts, especially in the absence of Sam Billings, while overseas signing Matt Renshaw looks set to make his limited-overs debut for Kent after representing Somerset in last season’s competition.

HAMPSHIRE

Coach: Adrian Birrell

Captain: James Vince

  • Reigning Royal London One-Day Cup champions Hampshire will begin the defence of their title against their opponents from last season’s final, Kent, who they beat by 61 runs after scoring a record total for an English domestic one-day final – 330 runs.

  • Hampshire currently sit fourth in the County Champion Division One table following an inconsistent start to the season which has seen Adrian Birrell’s men cruise to an innings victory over Essex before falling to a thumping innings defeat against a strong Yorkshire side.

  • Hampshire will be at full strength for this clash after Tom Alsop was passed fit following a thumb injury in the County Championship match against Essex while winter signing James Fuller looks set to make his debut and former Kent captain Sam Northeast will be returning to play at the Spitfire Ground for the first time since his exit in 2018.

THE PREDICTION

This fixture is undoubtedly the tie of the round as last season’s finalists meet on the opening day of the new campaign with each side looking to continue their excellent form from last season. As if their rivalry from that final didn’t provide enough spice for this occasion, former Kent captain Sam Northeast looks set to play his first game back at the Spitfire Ground after leaving in acrimonious circumstances for Hampshire last year and, if his frosty reception at Lord’s in last year’s final is anything to go by, he could be in for an awkward afternoon. Rilee Rossouw was the Hampshire hero in that final with an outstanding 122 runs off 114 balls and he will be hoping to pick up from where he left off in this competition. As will Kent’s Heino Kuhn, who ended as the highest run-scorer in last season’s competition. This should be an entertaining match but with absences in key positions for Kent, Hampshire may just edge it.