Vitality Blast Preview | Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire

15 June 2024

Gloucestershire travel to Canterbury to face Kent Spitfires in their second Vitality Blast encounter of the weekend. Jack Taylor's men held their nerve in the final over at Surrey on Friday, leaving The Oval with a tie following an impressive bowling display from the seam attack.

Three wickets each for David Payne and Matt Taylor added to economical spells by Josh Shaw, Marchant de Lange and Beau Webster meant The Shire fell just one run short of a famous victory in the capital.

Surrey matching Gloucestershire's score of 170 ensured both sides left with a point.


Mark Alleyne makes no changes to the squad that travelled to The Oval, with Zaman Akhter, Ed Middleton, Ajeet Singh Dale and Ollie Price the four options should the Head Coach wish to rotate in Canterbury.

Spinner Tom Smith and all-rounders Tom Price and Zafar Gohar remain sidelined.

Your 15-man squad to face Kent Spitfires:

J Taylor*, Akhter, Bancroft, Bracey†, B Charlesworth, de Lange, Hammond, Middleton, Payne, O Price, Shaw, Singh Dale, M Taylor, van Buuren, Webster


Kent Spitfires were in the West Country on Friday night as they faced Somerset in a rain-affected 5-over-aside match, losing by 14 runs in Taunton.

England internationals Zak Crawley and Sam Billings are both expected to play, the latter of whose match-winning 108 against Somerset will still be fresh in the memory of the Spitfire crowd.


In the last T20 meeting between the sides, Kent were the victors in Bristol thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Chasing down 138 to win, Bell-Drummond put on 61 in the chase with former Spitfire Jordan Cox, as the visitors won by seven wickets.


Gloucestershire take on Kent Spitfires in the Vitality Blast at The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, from 15:30 on Sunday 16th June.

Watch every ball live via Kent Cricket Play for £5.99.


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