Spitfires ready for Twenty20 vision
It’s back, the fastest, most action-packed form of cricket returns tonight as the Kent Spitfires blast into Twenty20 Cup action.
And with their one-day game showing clear signs of improvement, and a desire to make-up for the disappointment of losing out on a Friends Provident Trophy place, Kent will be hoping to get off to a winning start against Shane Warne’s Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
That, of course, is assuming torrential rain sweeping the south holds off sufficiently for the 20-overs-a-side match to take place.
After a dire run of form in the first years of the frantic-paced tournament, Kent last year hinted they were on the road to recovery after clinching a quarter-final place.
Tonight is likely to see the debut of South African Morne Morkel, drafted in as replacement to Andrew Hall, initially just for the flurry of Twenty20 games over the coming two weeks.
Joe Denly and Rob Key are expected to return to opening, with Geraint Jones dropping back down the order.
Kent play their second Twenty20 game at Canterbury of Saturday when the Essex Eagles fly into town. Club chiefs have reported record early sales for the match amid hopes of a sell-out.
The match gets underway at 3pm on Saturday – with gates opening at 1pm.
This season, the Spitfires will take the field to the song Numb/Encore – a Grammy Award-winning song by the rock band Linkin Park and rapper Jay-Z.