Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Kent Spitfires vs Sussex Sharks Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27thJuly, 19:00 (UK)

Where? The Spitfire Ground

Weather? 26-27c and a small chance of a thunderstorm

What channel is it on? Kent Spitfires vs Sussex Sharks will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Kent Spitfires W12, Sussex Sharks W10, No Result 4

THE TEAM NEWS

KENT SPITFIRES

Coach: Matt Walker

Captain: Sam Billings

  • Kent come into this next round of matches sat at the top of the South Group with seven points from their five matches so far, although it is fair to say that the rain rescued them last time out after Surrey hit 250/6 from their 20 overs batting first before the game was abandoned.

  • They have lost Carlos Brathwaite after his impressive short stay at the club which saw him take nine wickets although he was expensive last time out going for 55 off three overs, and now they welcome Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to the team.

  • Stoinis arrived in England this week and will come straight into the team, and that is arguably an upgrade in the field and with the bat, but he will have to make a fast start to his t20 Blast season here.

SUSSEX SHARKS

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Captain: Luke Wright

  • The Sharks sit just a point behind leaders and opponents Kent in the South Group and they will be buoyed by the fact they have won their last two matches in the County Championship and their key men are finding some strong form.

  • After missing the opening four matches, they welcome back fast bowler Tymal Mills after injury and he joins their fearsome bowling attack but his participation may be on hold depending on the type of pitch at Canterbury.

  • In this fixture last season, the Sharks won by five wickets and that along with the return of Mills and their Championship form, will see them come into this match full of confidence to get the win.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams will expect to be playing at the business end of this t20 Blast campaign and they have already shown plenty of early promise. Sussex have plenty of quality on paper and arguably the edge there, but Kent are not far behind. The 250 runs that Kent conceded last time out against Surrey raise a few red flags, and that is where Sussex certainly have the edge in the bowling department. They have the momentum coming into this game and have to be favoured to repeat the victory they managed in the corresponding fixture last season.