Hampshire’s chance to put record straight against Kent
Hampshire Hawks to win
It is the 2nd game of the South Group in the Vitality T20 Blast 2021 and the Kent Spitfires would be taking on the Hampshire Hawks at their home ground the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. Both the sides didn’t do well last season with Hampshire finishing in the league stage while the Spitfires bowed out in the Quarterfinal. They would both love to start this season with a win.
For Hampshire this is a great opportunity for them to improve upon their poor record against Kent Spitfires as they have got a very formidable batting line-up to start with. Kent would be missing out on some of their key players who are in the English side at the moment. Both the teams match up well to one another and we should have a competitive game on our hands.
Daniel Bell-Drummond would like a perfect start to the season. They have won the last five games they have played against Hampshire and shall look to carry on with the same record. However, the side would be missing out on some of their key players but have good bench strength and Bell-Drummond would like his players to be on the money from the word go.
Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly shall look to start the proceedings well in the game. In Sam Billings they have a hard hitting player at No. 3. The side would be expecting runs from Jack Leaning and Alex Blake who had done well last season. In Grant Stewart and Tim Groenewald they have a good hitter of the ball down the order.
On the bowling front the side would need a good opening spells from Mohammad Amir and Matthew Quinn as the Hampshire Hawks have a very strong batting line-up. In Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen and Stewart they have bowlers who are known for using their variations well. The side would also be expecting better show from Miguel Cummins and Denly in this game.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Joe Denly, Sam Billings, Jack Leaning, Alex Blake, Grant Stewart, Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen, Matthew Quinn, Tim Groenewald, Nathan Gilchrist
Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Joe Denly, Alex Blake, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Ollie Robinson, Jordan Cox, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, James Logan
It was a horrible season for James Vince’s side last year where they won only two games and finished at the bottom of the points table. It’s a new season and they have made few changes to the squad. Vince would like to put his past performances behind and aim at securing a good start to the season.
The side has a very formidable opening pair in James Vince and D’Arcy Short and this pair would look to provide a positive start to the side. In the middle order Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley and Ian Holland have to stitch together important partnerships in this game. Down the order the side would look for runs from the likes of James Fuller, Liam Dawson and Felix Organ.
On the bowling front Chris Wood and Organ have to deal with the strength that Kent have at the top of their batting line-up. Mason Crane and Ryan Stevenson did play their part well in the last season and a good show would be expected from them here. In Liam Dawson, Kyle Abbott, D’Arcy Short and Mohammad Abbas they have good depth in their bowling.
James Vince (c), Tom Alsop (wk), Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, Ryan Stevenson, James Fuller, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Abbas, Kyle Abbott
Mason Crane, James Fuller, Sam Northeast, Chris Wood, Ian Holland, Joe Weatherley, Bradley Wheal, James Vince, D'Arcy Short, Lewis McManus, Liam Dawson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||2.62 k/h||From: SW||64%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||2.59 k/h||From: WSW||66%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||2.52 k/h||From: WSW||59%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||3.85 k/h||From: WSW||17%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.54 k/h||From: WSW||15%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||4.97 k/h||From: WSW||14%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||4.1 k/h||From: SW||11%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||3.63 k/h||From: SW||5%|
The skies over Canterbury would be overcast on June 9 and we expect to see the ball move in the air. Bowlers will get assistance from the surface and batsmen will need to watch out for their strokes. A score of 160 runs would a fighting total in this venue.
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury has been a happy hunting ground for the fast bowlers. The track has lot of bounce and movement and batsmen have to play to the merit of the ball at this venue. The small dimensions of the ground make it a big challenge for the spinners to bowl here.
Most teams prefer to bowl first upon winning the game in this format these days. This wicket is known for offering assistance to the bowlers at the start of the game and improves as the game progresses. We expect to see the side winning the toss here to opt for bowling first.
It is the first game of the season for both the sides and there would be pressure on them to perform. Kent Spitfires would miss services of their key batsmen in this game and also lack depth in their bowling. Hampshire Hawks have a very strong batting line-up and a bowling attack that has lots of options and this would give them slight edge going into this contest.
Hampshire Hawks to win