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The T20 Blast 2022 season is set to continue with defending champions Kent Spitfires taking on the Sussex Sharks. The match is scheduled to be held on Friday, June 24 at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
Kent Spitfires, under captain Sam Billings, are having a completely contrasting campaign this time around. From being the champions of previous season, they are currently placed at the bottom of the South Group points table with just two wins out of their 11 contested matches.
While their knockout chances are pretty much dashed at this point, they will be looking to register some wins in the finishing stages of the tournament.
On the other hand, the Sussex Sharks are currently on a five-game losing streak. They are just above Kent on the points table with three wins from 10 fixtures. The Ravi Bopara-led side will be aiming for a strong finish this season as they still hold an outside chance of qualifying for the knockouts stage.
Match: Kent vs Sussex
Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Date & Time: June 24 at 11:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: FanCode and ECB website.
Canterbury’s St Lawrence Ground has proven to be a high-scoring venue this T20 Blast 2022 season. In the last four innings played here across the previous two matches, all teams have slammed totals in excess of 185.
Overall, the stadium has hosted five T20 games this season. The teams batting first have won three of them while the chasers have twice emerged victorious. Considering the recent results, the captain winning the toss will be looking to bat first.
The two teams have faced each other 28 times across the English T20 competition. The Kent Spitfires enjoy an upper hand with 15 wins in comparison to 13 victorious by the Sharks. However, in their previous meeting this season, the Ravi Bopara-led side held their nerves to win by four runs in a last-over finish.
Kent: Joe Denly, Tawanda Muyeye, Jordan Cox, Sam Billings (c & wk), Jack Leaning, Alex Blake, Grant Stewart, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes, Matthew Quinn, Jaskaran Singh, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Darren Stevens.
Sussex: Luke Wright, Tom Alsop, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Ravi Bopara (c), Delray Rawlins, Rashid Khan, Harrison Ward, Alistair Orr, Henry Crocombe, Tymal Mills, Steven Finn, Tim Seifert, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Oliver Carter, Archie Lenham, Obed McCoy, Will Beer.
Probable Playing XI:
Kent: Joe Denly, Tawanda Muyeye, Jordan Cox, Sam Billings (c & wk), Jack Leaning, Alex Blake, Grant Stewart, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes, Matthew Quinn, Jaskaran Singh.
Sussex: Luke Wright, Tom Alsop, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Ravi Bopara (c), Delray Rawlins, Rashid Khan, Harrison Ward, Alistair Orr, Henry Crocombe, Tymal Mills, Steven Finn.
CREX XI Suggestion:
Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Batters: Joe Denly (vc), Tom Alsop, Jordan Cox, Sam Billings
All-Rounders: Rashid Khan (c), Ravi Bopara, Jack Leaning
Bowlers: Steven Finn, Tymal Mills, Matt Milnes
Captain: Rashid Khan
Vice-Captain: Joe Denly