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Kent Spitfires to take on Surrey Lions in first t20 encounter
Kent will be looking to put a miserable fortnight behind them when they take on Surrey in their first t20 match.
The Spitfires entertain Surrey Lions at Beckenham tomorrow in a 3pm start, weather permitting.
And it’s the weather that has dominated Kent’s preparations for this game, which would have been their second in the competition had Tuesday’s match against Sussex Sharks not been rained off.
The match was originally set to take place at Tunbridge Wells’ Nevill Ground in the final fixture of the cricket festival, but flooding forced a venue change to Canterbury, but it was again rained off.
Surrey however have managed two matches this week in the t20, first on Wednesday they beat Essex by 17 runs, while on Thursday they beat Middlesex by 28 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.
There have been sixteen matches between the two sides with Surrey having won ten of the encounters. However, after a run of seven victories from the first seven games in the competition, Kent have fared much better, winning six of the last nine.
Last year Kent achieved the double with a six wicket victory at Beckenham with Martin van Jaarsveld and Azhar Mahmood scoring 112 in twelve overs.
At the Oval three weeks later in front of 15,000 Kent won by 15 runs after Mahmood and Darren Stevens clubbed 67 off 33 balls. The crowd that day had been dwarfed three years earlier with a sell-out 23,000 witnessing another fine Kent victory by 13 runs.
The highest aggregate of runs between the two sides in T20 was recorded in 2004 with 367 for 16 wickets on Surrey’s home ground.
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