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The two teams placed at the opposite ends of the points table are set to meet each other on August 2, 2018, at Canterbury. Kent are enjoying their stay at the top of the table, jointly held by them and Gloucestershire at the moment. A win here will take them to 11 points, two points clear of Gloucestershire. Essex, on the other hand, have been the worst performing team of the season with just one win in six games and are languishing at the bottom of the table.
Rewind three matches, Kent were placed in a strong position, with three wins out of the four they played. Not that their position of strength has changed a lot, but three no results from three matches should have certainly hurt them.
They had to share points with Glamorgan in their last match as the rain completely washed out the game. Prior to that, they were batting well against Sussex, before rain intervened and the play was stopped with Kent at 99 for two in a little over 11 overs. As has been the case for them in the tournament so far, Joe Denly, Heino Kuhn, Daniel Bell-Drummond, and Sam Billings looked in excellent touch before the rain came knocking.
To complement their strong batting, they have an equally strong bowling attack with the like of Adam Milne, Calum Haggett, Marcus Stoinis, and Imran Qayyum. They will be particularly happy with the weather prediction tomorrow which is plenty of sunshine with no rain expected.
Joe Denly, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn, Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Dickson, Calum Haggett, Adam Milne, Imran Qayyum, Ivan Thomas.
Although the Eagles were not outright favorites to win the title, they were still deemed good enough to at least make it to the playoffs. However, given the way they've done in the competition so far, the possibility of them qualifying for the quarter-finals appears to be rather bleak.
They tied with Hampshire in their last match with both the teams ending on a total of 170. Dan Lawrence did well at the top of the order for Essex as he played his career-best knock of 49 off 36 delivers. However, lack of support in the middle order left too much to do for Ravi Bopara who could only score 39 off 26 deliveries before getting run out off the last delivery.
Barring a couple of overs from Matt Quinn where he was taken apart for 27 and 19, Essex's bowlers did a good job to restrict Hants to just 170. Simon Harmer returned with the figures of 4-0-21-1 while Ravi Bopara conceded only 19 runs off his three overs. Their batting, however, failed to make the best use of excellent batting conditions as they failed to overcome the target and ultimately ended up with a tie.
Adam Wheater, Varun Chopra, Paul Walter, RN ten Doeschate, Dan Lawrence, RS Bopara, SR Harmer, Matt Coles, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Jamie Porter.
Both the sides are coming on the back of surprisingly different tournament. The Spitfires have played like a strong team with Kuhn, Denly, Billings, and Bell-Drummond in fine form. On the contrary, Essex have lacked a player who has consistently scored runs for them. Due to aforementioned reasons, Kent Spitfires are firm favorites to win this important fixture against the Eagles.