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

THE FACTS

When is Surrey vs Kent taking place? Thursday 2nd May, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Surrey vs Kent taking place? Kia Oval

What is the expected weather for Surrey vs Kent? 15c with cloud and a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon

What channel is Surrey vs Kent in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Surrey vs Kent? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Kent beat Surrey by 220 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SURREY

Coach: Michael Di Venuto

Captain: Rory Burns

  • Surrey’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage have vanished now after they lost their fifth match in their opening six games against Hampshire on Tuesday so they are playing for pride in these remaining matches.

  • To compound their lengthy list of absentees which already contained Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Sam Curran, Jade Dernbach, Ollie Pope, Rikki Clarke and Scott Borthwick, they have now lost Ben Foakes who has joined up with the England squad and misses out here.

  • His absence is a major blow as their batting has been sub-par in this tournament even before their key men were called up for international duty as he leads the team in runs scored and fifties, so they are weakened even further coming into this game.

KENT

Coach: Matt Walker

Captain: Sam Billings

  • Kent somehow remain the only team in the entire Royal London One-Day Cup not to have won a single match so far so they will be desperate to get off the mark here and salvage some pride.

  • Joe Denly and Sam Billings were allowed to return early from IPL duty but both have succumbed to injury and miss out once again here, but Kent do welcome back Daniel Bell-Drummond after illness and that will boost their batting.

  • Star batsmen Heino Kuhn and Matt Renshaw have yet to fire on all cylinders although Renshaw did hit a century in his last innings, and they will be keen to make significant contributions here against a weakened Surrey bowling attack and on a good pitch.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams are missing some key players but it is Surrey especially who are vastly under-strength coming into this game. Kent are bizarrely the only team yet to win a game in the tournament so far but with the quality in their ranks, last season’s runners-up should turn that around soon. Neither have a realistic chance of finishing in the top three spots in the South Group, but they will be motivated to win and salvage some pride, with Kent expected to finally get off the mark here.