About the Match
Occupying the topmost position in the south group, Kent has 8 points from 5 matches and will face off against Gloucestershire, who have 4 points from 3 matches and are at the 3rd position, on 5th June at Beckenham. Having registered a 23-run victory against Surrey last Friday, Kent has made an impression of being a ruthless team when it comes to overcoming challenges ; Gloucestershire on the other hand have also performed well against their opponents in the previous matches and are ready to continue their winning strategy till the end. We can expect a thriller of a match on Friday as both units will fight to grab another 2 points to move ahead in their campaigns.
Kent won their last match against Surrey by 23 runs as Sam Northeast’s 96 off 47 and Fabian Cowdrey’s 42 off 32 helped the team post a big total of 193 runs; Cowdrey pulled off an all-round performance by taking 2 wickets and was supported by Matt Coles who also took 2 wickets. The team has talent and experienced players like Sam Northeast, Daniel Bell, Joe Denly, Fabian Cowdrey and many all-rounders who are able to execute to plan. However, before that Kent suffered a massive defeat against Middlesex by a whopping margin of 115 runs, wherein the batsmen collapsed for just 90 runs in the chase for 205. Although the defeat was a blow to their morale, the players bounced back with confidence and will be eager to repeat their winning performance once again. Bowlers Mitchell Claydon, Matt Coles, Adam Riley and Darren Stevens are in good form picking up wickets at regular intervals. Overall, they have the ability and fire-power to win the upcoming match.
Gloucestershire beat Essex by 34 runs in the last match after setting up a big total of 199 on the board; Michael Klinger smashed a career-best T20 score of an unbeaten 126 off just 68 balls. On the bowling front, Smith returned with 5-39 while David Payne picked up 3 wickets to bowl out the opposition for 165. Gloucestershire lost their second match against Sussex by just 6 runs with the latter powering 167-5 which the Gloucs batsmen failed to achieve. Hamish Marshall hit a fine 45 off 26 while Jack Taylor scored 36 off 20 but the others couldn’t face the challenge. Earlier Smith had picked up 3-23 but the other bowlers weren’t as successful. Overall, they have a strong batting line-up with Michael Klinger, Hamish Marshal, Ian Cockbain and Chris Dent who are capable to score big runs. The bowling department looks strong with Tom Smith and David Payne who have snared wickets with consistency while James Fuller, Benny Howell and Jack Taylor are assisting them nicely. They definitely have the strength to challenge any team and continue winning more matches in the league.
Kent is a better team as far as performance and determination goes; however, Gloucestershire is also capable to pull out some tricks from their bag to stun the opponents on Friday. Although both sides will fight fiercely to pull off a win here, Kent clearly go in as favorites to win the match