About the Match
Kent and Middlesex face off in their league match of the prestigious NatWest T20 Blast tournament to be played at St. Lawrence ground, Canterbury on 6th June. Kent has 4 points from 2 matches whereas the lowly rated Middlesex has nothing on board even after completing 5 matches. The match will probably add to the misery of Middlesex as Kent has a very formidable line up of strong batting and effective bowling combinations; it will be interesting to see if the contest is well fought by both teams.
Drummond and Key open the innings quite confidently and they can give an electrifying start to the game. Put into bat first by Somerset in the last game, Drummond hit a superb 59 from 30 balls hoisting 2 sixes and 8 fours while his partner Key made 46 in 24 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Together they made 85 in just 6.2 overs and the bowling attack of Somerset was nowhere close even with speedster Nannes and Dockrell firing with venom. Kent took full advantage of the inaccurate bowling attack and after the fall of Key, Stevens filled the slot and gave equal support to Drummond to add another 70 runs to the 2nd wicket taking the total to 155 for 2 in just 11.1 overs. The match being reduced to 13 overs, Kent put up a challenging total on board, which the Somerset team did not even attempt to reach; Trescothick failing again, with just 18 runs on board. Bollinger and Stevens bowled very well to check the flow of runs and restricted the opponents to just 122 taking 5 wickets by the end of the game. The batting line up has the depth and the bowling is very effective in the Kent squad; they are a very difficult team to beat and the opponents don’t have the potential to make a match of it.
In their last match against a formidable Surrey, batting first, they could only score a paltry 117 losing 7 wickets, in the allotted 20 overs; opener Malan carrying the innings through, with a doggedly made 48 from 51 balls. He ran out of partners, with the batting line-up that followed showing least application to remain at the wicket. Except for Denly and Dexter no one reached double figures, besides Malan. Having failed badly in setting a challenging total, their bowlers were ineffective in tackling the experienced Amla and the other batsmen down the order; the opposition reached the target with 8 balls to spare. The opening bowling attack is too weak to make any dent in the batting line up of the Kent squad; they have to do their homework well to deal with Drummond and Key and contain others to follow.
For the experienced and talented Kent team in full flow, the Middlesex team should not be a big challenge; with their known performance and demonstrated potential, Kent should win the match hands-down without any hiccups.
Kent, 1.61 @ Bet365