Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires taking place? Friday 30th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires taking place? The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

What is the expected weather for Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires? 21c with some clouds above but no rain is expected

What television channel is Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires on? Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Essex Eagles W14, Kent Spitfires W16, No Result 2
Last meeting: Kent Spitfires beat Essex Eagles by 22 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSEX EAGLES

  • Essex Eagles have given themselves a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals after they defeated Surrey by 19 runs and a win in their final game will see them leapfrog opponents Kent but they will need other results to fall their way if they are to advance.
  • The Eagles have picked up two wins and a tie from their last three matches to put themselves among a cluster of teams who can qualify in one of the two remaining spots in the South Group.
  • If Essex are to earn the win here, they are likely to rely on their batting and will look to the likes of top-scorer Dan Lawrence whilst Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate will be looking to build on their unbeaten partnership of 117 that helped their side to victory over Surrey.

KENT SPITFIRES

  • Kent Spitfires’ terrible run of form continued as they lost a fourth consecutive game that has seen a result whilst it is now six games without a win stretching back to the 4th August and that run has placed their spot in the quarter-finals under threat.
  • The Spitfires began their campaign with five victories in a row which became six wins from seven but they have only collected a further two points by virtue of no results and now a loss in this game would see them crash out of the competition.
  • Their latest defeat against Gloucestershire was only by five runs and the manner of that loss may be difficult to respond to although following an impressive debut for South Africa captain Faf du Plessis in which he notched 60 runs, his presence is likely to be crucial.

THE PREDICTION

It would have been unimaginable to think Kent could miss out on qualification at the halfway point of the group stage but they are now just one game away from that happening. Their run without a win has seen their position in the quarter-finals come under serious threat and another loss here would see them fail to progress. They head to Essex whose form has improved recently and they can take advantage of a fragile Kent side to give themselves a chance of advancing to the last-eight.

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