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Sussex would have been very disappointed at the rain coming down and running their chances of pressing for a win last night against Surrey. The side needed a win to get back into the top-4 after a series of rained out matches. They now have a game against Kent which they must win to catch up to the leaders. Kent is in a better position on the table and is currently in third spot. A loss here would not be catastrophic but no side wants to give up momentum when the table is closely packed together.
Even though Sussex did not win the match against Surrey, they will come away with a lot of positives. For one thing, all of its top-order batsmen got some time in the middle and ended up scoring some runs.
Salt got 33 off 14 deliveries, Wright scored a fifty, while Evans and Rawlins were not out with decent totals to their name when the rain arrived. The team also has Bruce and Burgess in the lineup still to bat.
Sussex looks like a very good team when its batting comes off because its bowling is absolutely unstoppable. Had Sussex been able to bowl at Surrey, one of the strongest and most dangerous batting lineups in the competition, we would have backed them to get the job done.
A lineup of Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, and Danny Briggs is going to be able to win its side matches on most occasions. Forget an above par total, Sussex just needs to get a par total and then really pile on the pressure.
Kent is a good side which has a pretty strong batting lineup so this should be a test for the start-studded Sussex bowling to come out and perform to its best. The good form of the Sussex batsmen should raise hopes in the cam because Kent is not as strong a side as some of the other top teams in the competition.
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Sam Billings has led the Kent side brilliantly this season both in terms of tactics as well as performing with the bat. He is leading strong side that finds itself in contention for the quarterfinals and possibly even the title if things go its way.
Kent lost its last game to Gloucestershire but would have been very pleased to see Joe Denly continue his brilliant season. He was unbeaten on 99 in the last match and helps Kent reach a competitive total even when no other batsman performed.
This is a situation that Kent would like to avoid. Denly, Kuhn, Billings, Stoinis, and Bell-Drummond form a very strong top-order that should be getting runs more consistently. They will have their task cut out for them against Sussex, which is perhaps, the best bowling side in the competition.
Denly at the top and Billings in the middle are going to be key for Kent. Billings has played a lot of T20 cricket around the world and is a very good player of spin as well. If he is able to neutralize or even mitigate the Rashid Khan threat then Kent will consider half the job done.
Kent itself also needs to improve its bowling. Adam Milne has been outstanding for the club bowling with fire and accuracy. He gave away only 17 runs in the last match but was unable to pick up a wicket. The opposition seems content to give Milne some room and attack the rest of the Kent bowling.
Denly, Haggett, Qayyum, and Stoinis will need to raise their game.
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The forecast is for some rain in Brighton and we could see a truncated match being played out. The rain in the morning should let up by the time the match starts but there are clouds expected to be around the whole time. The last thing that Sussex would want is another washout.
The batsmen will find plenty of runs on this surface although there is a little something for the fast bowlers when it is cloudy as well.
A score of around 170 should be considered par.
Both Sussex and Kent have good momentum heading into this match. They are both well-rounded sides with exceptional batsmen and bowlers to call upon. The better bowling attack of Sussex and the recent form its batsmen tilts things its way in this contest for us.
Back Sussex to win.
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