About the Match
Kent Spitfires and Surrey Lions had similar starts to their T20 campaigns and now after half of the tournament is passed, they are still together. Now, they meet at The Oval on 26th July 2013. Both the teams are in the bottom three of the group with Surrey at fourth and Kent at fifth spot. A win might take Surrey in the crowded zone of all top teams with all top teams having five wins to their name. Kent, on the other hand is trying to stay alive and a win would just do the task.
Surrey Lions has a brilliant first half, but now after losing two back to back games, they are in a spot of bother. This game is important for them to be amongst the toppers in the group. Although Glenn Maxwell didn’t have much impact on their victories, but his absence is certainly hurting them. However, the return of Kevin O’ Brien has somewhat settled the middle order problem and their batting is looking good. Opening pair of Roy and Davies is followed by experienced Ricky Ponting and then Wilson and a few hard –hitting all-rounders to follow. With Dernbach and Batty at their disposal, their bowling looks good and can certainly show Kent the way out.
After having a dreadful first half, the start to the second half of the former title winners has been commendable. By winning two games consecutively, they have not only revived their hopes, but also sent a message to stay alert to other teams in the group. Their only two victories came against Hampshire and Sussex, both of which have decent team on paper. Darren Stevens was excellent and guided his team with his fabulous 67 which included four massive sixes. They bowled well against a devastating batting lineup to beat them by seven runs. With both bowling and batting in good form, they look to be a solid lineup and if Spitfires continue their form, it will be hard for Surrey Lions.
Both teams are lying at the bottom of the table and a win would give a significant boost to their campaign hopes. If we look at present form, Kent Spitfires certainly looks ahead. However, there is more than just form to look at. Last time when these two sides met in this competition, Surrey emerged victorious easily. Can Spitfires win this game and become party-spoilers for the Lions? Surrey might have been poor form in the last couple of games, but they have a team which can bounce back any time. With experienced Ricky Ponting and all-rounder hitters like Mahmood and O’ Brien bring much needed X-factor to their side. I think they’ll win this important encounter.
Surrey Lions @ 1.57 William Hill