About the Match
Reigning supreme in theSouth Group with 18 points, Kent will play the next match against No.6 in the pool, Glamorgan on 17th July atNevill Ground, Tunbridge Well. Kent has secured a place in the quarter-finals with a three-wicket victory over Gloucestershire in the previous outing. Glamorgan on the other hand, has 12 points andfaces elimination if they don’t win their remaining two matches; it needs to be seen if they can display their strength and overcome the challenge ahead and win the match on Friday.
Kent has maintained the top spot in the South Group and they recently defeated Gloucestershire by 3 wickets; Alex Blake smashed an unbeaten 59 off just 24 balls to see his side get to a target of 167 with two balls to spare. Sam Northeast contributed 49 and Joe Denly scored 31 to help them get home with ease. On the bowling front, Mitchell Claydon was the most successful with 3-27 while Fabian Cowdrey and Matt Coles took 2 wickets each.
Kent also won their previous match against Somerset by 22 runs wherein Daniel Bell-Drummond's competition-best knock of 77 from 51 balls and Joe Denly’s61 off 47 helped them comfortably defend the total of 173 runs. Darren Stevens, Fabian Cowdrey and Calum Haggett took 2 wickets each while the fielding unit took superb catches to restrict Somerset to 151.
Overall, the team has an explosive batting line-up provided they can execute to plan with players like Daniel Bell, Joe Denly, Alex Blake, Sam Northeast and Fabian Cowdrey, who have contributed well in the tournament so far and will continue with their winning form in the upcoming matches also. Bowlers Mitchell Claydon, Fabian Cowdrey,Darren Stevens, Matt Coles and Calum Haggett are also in great form picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Glamorgan suffered defeat against Sussex by a big margin of 8 wickets; although 164 looked competitive, the bowlers failed to capitalize with only Graham Wagg taking 2 wickets while others didn’t put up an impressive show. Earlier, they lost opener Jacques Rudolph for 18 runs in the fifth overbut a solid unbeaten knock of 63 from 46 balls by Ben Wright helped them keep the innings together. Craig Meschede scored 20 in 8 balls and Mark Wallace also scored 20 runs to help their team set a good total but in the end their efforts went in vain.
Glamorgan won the match against Hampshire by 23 runs with Jacques Rudolph hitting a splendid 77 from 45 balls whileMeschade’s 35 from 17 balls helped them set a competitive total of 181. Rudolphput up an all-round effort, taking 2 wickets while Dean Coskeralso scalped 2 wickets to restrict Hampshire to 158 and win the match.
They have good resources with players like Jacques Rudolph, Ben Wright and Colin Ingram, who have the capability to hit the big shots and post good totals while Meschade, Cook and Wallace contribute to stabilize the innings. Coskeris their supreme bowler with 16 wickets while Parnell, Hogan, Meschede and Ingram are assisting him well. They are in a must-win situation and should come good with both bat and ball to win the match against Glamorgan.
The Dragons will look to utilize their full strength to bounce back against Kent as a win will keep their quarter-final hopes alive; however, Kent remains the most consistent side here and added to that, they appear heavier on paper and hence they look better placed to win the match