Vitality t20 Blast 2020 – Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire taking place? Thursday 27th August, 14:00 (UK)

Where is Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire taking place? The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury

What is the expected weather for Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire? Cloudy with a chance of light rain as the match progresses

What channel is Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire on? Sky Sports have the rights to show the T20 Blast so check their schedule here to see if they will be showing this match

Where can I stream Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire? You can stream this via the SkyGo app if the match is being televised by Sky Sports

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

THE TEAM NEWS

KENT SPITFIRES

  • After a blistering start, Kent Spitfires collapsed in dramatic fashion to miss out on the knockout stages of the 2019 Vitality Blast, with defeat to rivals Essex in their last group match ultimately knocking them out of the competition.
  • Both wicketkeeper batsman Sam Billings and batsman Joe Denly will not feature in this match after being called up for England duty.
  • Alongside explosive finisher Alex Blake, the Spitfires will welcome back batsman Zak Crawley to the side, fresh from his incredible 267 for England in their third test match vs Pakistan.

HAMPSHIRE

  • Hampshire shocked everyone by failing to qualify from the group stages last year, after losing to Glamorgan in their final game, despite the Welsh side having failed to win a single match in the competition before then.
  • No doubt determined to avoid a repeat performance in 2020, Hampshire have acted by signing big hitting Scottish batsman George Munsey for this year’s Vitality Blast.
  • Some big names still remain absent though for Hampshire, with Liam Dawson sidelined for the rest of the season through injury, whilst James Vince awaits the birth of his second child.

THE PREDICTION

With both these sides are missing key personnel for different reasons, this is set to be an intriguing clash. Likely to be a very close finish, fine margins could make the difference and with home advantage in their favour, Kent Spitfires may just edge this one with the likes of Crawley playing a key role.

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