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Kent Spitfires take on Sussex Sharks in first T20 encounter on Tuesday.
Kent coach Jimmy Adams feels his side are well prepared for all formats of the game ahead of their first T20 match of the season on Tuesday.
The Spitfires entertain Sussex Sharks in the final game of the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival at the Nevill Ground.
And West Indian Adams is looking for more of what he has already seen from his side as they take on last year’s beaten quarter-finalists.
“I think we have the acumen to do well across all formats, I honestly do,” he said. “It’s a case of trying to be as prepared as we can.
“They have been consistent in T20 the last few years.”
The limited overs game is one that Adams didn’t get to play too much of in his career, but he feels it’s a good addition to the calendar.
He said: “I played some T20 in the past against half-decent opposition, I quite enjoyed it, it’s really entertaining. Anything that forces you to be instinctive and thinking on your feet is good. It’s a good addition to the cricket itinerary.”
In last year’s competition the Spitfires made it out of the group stages having finished third in the table in the South group, behind second placed Sussex.
But they lost in the quarter-finals to Leicestershire by three wickets, while Sussex lost at the same stage to Lancashire by 20 runs.
Kent head into the match with a superior head-to-head record having won seven of the 13 matches to Sussex’s five, while there was one match abandoned.
Although there has been little by way of outstanding individual performances in the T20, a couple of high-scoring games are worth highlighting.
At Canterbury in 2007 the aggregate score was 363 with Sussex overtaking Kent’s 181-3 with 17 balls to spare. Luke Wright’s century was off just 44 balls. In 2010 at Hove Kent, batting first, scored 194-1 with Rob Key hitting 98 from 55 balls. The Sussex reply fell short by some 27 runs.
In the four-day game Sussex are currently midtable in LV=County Championship Divsion One, with won win and three losses to their name.
While in the CB40 they are second in the same division as Kent, having won three of their four encounters.
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