About the Match
Viewers of the proceedings at Canterbury are in for an exciting match between Kent, having 7 points from 6 matches against the struggling Sussex who have collected only 4 points from 7 matches so far, having lost 5 matches in a row. With Sussex making all efforts to make a comeback in the tournament, Kent will have to put in their full potential to maintain their momentum.
They put up a good show in the last match played against Glamorgan, chasing a target of 177, the match ending in a tie. Stevens led the attack after they put Glamorgan in to bat first on winning the toss, and claimed the wicket of Rudolph in the 4th ball of his very 1st over while Bollinger, Tredwell and Ball combined well to dismiss 7 batsmen of the opponent and restrict them to 177 for 7. Drummond and Key started the chase well and put on 34 for the 1st wicket but lost two early wickets at that stage in the 4th over. They steadily chased the target but when they needed just 11 runs with 10 balls in the 19th over, with 5 wickets in hand, they failed to maintain composure and lost 4 wickets in succession to get bowled out for 177-9 by the last ball, thus ending the match in a tie. Kent possess the potential to win such cliff hanger matches with Northeast, Blake, Stevens and Billings in good touch and thus the match against Sussex, who will try and prove their worth after their humiliating loss at the hands of Surrey in their last pool match, will require a good team effort by the players.
They are not good at setting a target and if they get a chance, should try and chase a total in their match against the Kent side. As they were put into bat by Surrey in their last match they could put together only 148 for the loss of 5 wickets; Wright and Machan opened well but could not capitalize after the pair separated and from 63 for 2 at the end of the 9th over, they were reduced to 66 for 4 in a span of 8 balls adding only 2 runs. Joyce and Brown combined well to make it 142 for 5 with some sensible batting and thus the team could set only a moderate target of 148 for the formidable batting line up of the Surrey team led by Hashim Amla. They completed the rout of the Sussex team with 27 balls to spare, without losing a wicket, with Roy dominating the onslaught on the mediocre Sussex attack. Hence the Sussex team should bat sensibly to build an innings with good partnerships and bowl with better line and length, not allowing the Kent batsmen to settle down.
The match will surely be a well-fought one and though Kent is a superior team, Sussex with some application and purpose, have the potential to change the course and win the contest in the end, but I think Kent will emerge victorious much due to the relentless form of skipper Robert Key and other batsmen.
Kent, 1.80 @ BetVictor