About the Match
Kent suffered defeat by 25 runs at the hands of Glamorgan on Sunday; they are placed 7th in the South Group with 7 points and will now take on Hampshire, who are placed 4th with 9 points, on 1st August at Southampton. Hampshire recently defeated Gloucestershire by 24 runs through the D/L method after rain cut-short the game; they previously lost the game against Somerset by 14 runs but have done well to recover. Kent had earlier won the match against Somerset by 7 wickets through D/L method and will try to repeat their good performance here on Tuesday.
Spinners Mason Crane and Liam Dawson provided consistent breakthroughs to break middle-order partnerships in the Gloucestershire camp; Reece Topley, the left-arm speedster got the opening wicket and they restricted the opponents to 174. With the target reduced by D/L method, Hampshire scored the required 121 runs in 11.4 overs and won the match by 24 runs. James Vince and Rilee Rossouw scored 40+ runs each while Michael Carberry smashed 20 off 8 balls to help wrap up a win. The batting line-up has experienced players like George Bailey, Dawson and McManus down the order.
Against Somerset though, the bowlers failed to contain the opponents and had to face a target of 205 runs; although fast-bowlers Gareth Berg, Kyle Abbott and Topley took 6 wickets between them, they couldn’t put up a disciplined show. All-rounder Shahid Afridi also claimed one wicket and pitched in with 18 runs during the chase; but it proved to be an uphill task for them despite a good show by Vince, Carberry, McManus and Berg, who scored 30+ runs each.
Despite the mixed run so far, they have managed to stay on the top-half of the table; they will be eager to put up a better show here against Kent to improve their position.
The Kent bowlers consisting of experts like James Neesham, Darren Stevens, Coles, Claydon, and Tredwell, couldn’t stop Glamorgan from setting up a stiff total of 199 runs in the last match. Coles and Haggett provided one breakthrough each but it wasn’t enough to stop the plundering from the opposition. Joe Denly and Sam Northeast fought bravely scoring 68 and 60 runs respectively; however, the others gave up without a fight. Neesham showcased his all-rounder skills by posting 27 off 21 but they lost the match in the end by 25 runs.
The batting line-up has players like Sam Billings, Alex Blake, and Bell-Drummond, who can try to set up a solid foundation in the upcoming match. They have previously done well to win the match against Somerset, successfully chasing the reduced target of 181 runs in the 17th over. Captain Sam Northeast had registered a well-made 54 off 27 deliveries while Denly, Bell-Drummond, and Blake had kept the scoreboard ticking with a good show.
Neesham, Coles, Claydon, and Stevens are in good form with the ball while spinners like Imran Qayyum and Joe Denly add depth to the attack. Adam Milne from New Zealand brings fast-bowling options to the squad and they can strategize well to outwit the Hampshire contingent on Tuesday.
Hampshire comes here at the back of a win but they will be cautious of its opposition, which has a strong bowling and batting unit. While the match could go down to the wire, we feel that Hampshire with its powerful batting lineup is better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday.