About the Match
It is still early days in the competition but indications are that most teams are evenly matched and anyone can beat anyone. The Kent Spitfires started their tournament off with a fantastic win against the Essex Eagles while Gloucestershire played a thrilling tie to start off their campaign.
Most games that Gloucestershire play this season will be as favorites thanks to some very impressive names in their lineup. In Michael Klinger, they have one of the most prolific (and under-rated) T20 batsman in the world and have also acquired the services of Thisara Perera, another T20 mercenary that can win you matches from some outlandish positions.
Klinger also has Perth Scorchers teammate, Cameron Bancroft available for selection and he was in fact preferred over Perera in the first match. Once touted as the next best thing, Bancroft has the batting credentials going for him and has started off strong with a 51 in the first game.
Gloucestershire also has Phil Mustard at the top of the order and Benny Howell in the middle to beef up their batting even more.
The bowling for Gloucestershire though is a little underwhelming. Matt Taylor, David Payne, and Chris Liddle are all decent bowlers but not ones that are going to run through opposition sides. In the last match, only Benny Howell and Jack Taylor ended up taking more than one wicket as almost every front line bowler took some stick.
The injection of some more than useful kiwis in the Kent team paid off immediate dividend as they got past a strong Essex side in their opening match. The star of the match was Daniel Bell-Drummond who smashed 90 off just 55 balls. His opening partnership of 52 with Joe Denly was explosive and promises bigger things in the future.
Backing up this pair were Sam Northeast, the Kent skipper who looked good in the middle and Sam Billings, possibly one of the best T20 batsmen going around.
Kent also has Jimmy Neesham and Alex Bake to follow, both of whom are more than useful batsmen.
The Kiwis, Neesham, and Milne, also made an immediate impact on the bowling picking 5 wickets between them and never letting the opposition batsmen settle in.
With Tredwell, Coles, and Stevens for company, the Kent bowling attack is not looking too shabby either.
Kent has a balanced team that is going to compete with both the bat and ball and we can see them making the finals day this year if they play according to form.
Pitch and Conditions
The College Ground at Cheltenham is a relatively small ground with some excellent scoring opportunities. The weather forecast promises a dry but cloudy day. One of the things about this ground is that there is usually some swing on offer when conditions are a little overcast and so that may spice things up a little.
Kent Spitfires to win