About the Match
Kent and Gloucestershire are playing this T20 match at Canterbury on 30thMay; while Kent has 2 points from its win against Somerset, the Gloucs wiped out the negative points they had earned last season by winning the match against Middlesex but having lost the match against Somerset, they are yet to open their tally. Both teams have a good mix of fast and spin bowlers and have experienced batting line up. While the Gloucs lost their last match against Somerset with a deficit of 18 runs, the Kent team had won the last match against Somerset by a whopping margin of 42 runs. This must play as a psychological advantage to the Kent team with the Gloucs as the underdogs but the T20 format can throw up surprises at any point of the match.
Bell Drummand captaining the Kent team is commanding from front, scoring 59 with 2 sixes and 8 fours and building a healthy partnership of 85 runs for the 1st wicket in their winning match against Somerset. Key and Stevens are strong enough to withstand the attack of Somerset led by Dockrell and Nannes. They too have a long enough tail, which has not wagged so far because of the top order faring well and will hope to repeat their performance against the lowly rated Gloucs. They have Stevens, Claydon and Bollinger who can scare the opponents with their fierce velocity and have the supporting A J Ball, Riley and Griffiths to back up. With these dependable resources, they are in an advantageous position against the opponent; however, complacency can destroy any side and hence they cannot take the match lightly and must play to their full potential.
They do not have a reliable opening pair though Klinger has the ability to deliver; only Marshall in the top order looks good to build a strong partnership provided the batsmen down the order give company to him. They are not able to put a challenging total on board to make a match or they are not good chasers. If the opposition is strong in their attack, they will fall like a pack of cards, which in this case seems to be so. Nannes, Waller and Gregory of Somerset reduced them to nowhere in their chase; the Kent have the required superior bowling attack in Stevans, Claydon and Bollinger to create havoc to the batsmen and unless they can build good partnerships, they will be cool spectators to the collapse in the middle. They will have to improve their bowling attack giving lesser wides and keeping good length to reduce the elbow space to the Kents. However, they should play the match with a positive approach and though they are the underdogs, sometimes it is an advantage and they can create surprise among the opposition ranks.
Though the Gloucs have good resources and will be charged up to finally open their points tally with a win here, with superior bowling and batting line-up, the Kents are slated to win against the Gloucs.
Kent, 1.80 @ Bet365