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Kent vs Lancashire, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

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Grant Stewart's last-ball six won the previous match for Kent against Yorkshire.

  • Kent would be looking to end their season on a high.
  • A win here can take Lancashire to the top of their group and overtake Hampshire.
  • The team batting second will have an advantage in this match.

Back Lancashire to emerge victorious in this clash.

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury | Toss: To Bowl

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Kent are coming off a sensational last-ball win against Yorkshire and would be riding high on confidence as they take on Lancashire. Kent now has 7 points in 7 matches with a net run rate of +0.333. They now just have one match left in the season, but their chances of making it to the knock-out stages are all but gone. Lancashire is sitting pretty on 2nd place with 11 points and a net run rate of +0.652. A win here will take them to the top of the table.    

Kent Preview

Kent would be on a high after winning a thriller against Yorkshire in their previous game. Needing 297 to win off 45 overs in a rain-reduced match, Grant Stewart (28*off 16 balls) hit a last-ball six to give the team a stunning three-wicket win. With just one match left to play, Kent will find it difficult to overtake table-toppers Hampshire and Lancashire who have 12 and 11 points respectively. 

Kent’s batting has been dependent on two players this season – Oliver Robinson (369 runs in 6 innings at an average of 73.80) and opener Ben Compton (319 runs in 6 innings at 53.16). Skipper Joe Denly also got some runs in the previous game with a fighting 61 off 71 balls.

Kent’s bowling hasn’t been as sharp this year. Off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri is their leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps in 6 innings at an economy of 5.76. New ball fast bowler Navdeep Saini has taken 5 wickets but has been expensive too, going at 6.54 per over. None of the other bowlers have left any significant impression.

Kent Predicted Playing XI:

Ben Compton, Joey Evison, Oliver Robinson (wk), Joe Denly (c), Alex Blake, Harry Finch, Grant Stewart, Hamidullah Qadri, Harry Podmore, Nathan Gilchrist, Navdeep Saini

Lancashire Preview

Lancashire showed why they are amongst the top contenders this season in their previous game when they chased a mammoth target of 371 against Northamptonshire with 10 balls to spare. Captain Keaton Jennings led from the front with a wonderful knock of 125 off 105 balls. Opener Luke Wells also played an important hand with a knock of 84 off 56 balls. These two have been the most consistent batters for the Lancs this year and would look to continue their rich firm.

George Lavelle’s scintillating unbeaten innings of 61 off 34 balls sealed the deal for Lancashire in the last match. His form down the order in the knock-out stages can crucial for the team.

Lancashire’s bowling has seen many heroes this year. Liam Hurt and Danny Lamb have both got 8 wickets each in 5 innings. Tom Bailey has done well too, taking 7 wickets at just 4.55. Another bowler to watch out for in this match is spinner Luke Wells who has 7 wickets in 5 innings at 4.74.
 

Lancashire Predicted Playing XI:

Luke Wells, Keaton Jennings (c), Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Rob Jones, George Balderson, George Lavelle (wk), Danny Lamb, Liam Hurt, Tom Bailey, Jack Morley

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
18
0.33 mm.
4.18 k/h
From: SW
92%
03h
19
0.49 mm.
3.93 k/h
From: SSW
99%
06h
19
0.32 mm.
4.29 k/h
From: SW
92%
09h
21
0 mm.
4.67 k/h
From: SW
61%
12h
26
0 mm.
5.49 k/h
From: SSW
48%
15h
25
0 mm.
6.9 k/h
From: SW
54%
18h
24
0 mm.
5.92 k/h
From: SW
43%
21h
19
0 mm.
4.05 k/h
From: SW
95%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at Canterbury is good for batting but does offer help to the seamers and spinners. It’s not a high-scoring venue traditionally, and tends to slow down a bit as the game goes on. 

The weather in Canterbury tomorrow is expected to be partly cloudy and cool.
 

Venue Details

In the first match of the season at Canterbury, Kent comfortably chased a target of 211 in just 43 overs. The average score batting first in ODIs here is 245. The team batting first in this match will be looking to post a target of around 270-280 runs.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the matches at Canterbury have been won by the team chasing. The captain winning the toss is likely to bat second.

Lancashire has won in 3 of the last 4 completed matches they have played against Kent. While Kent has a pretty solid squad this year, Lancashire’s form has been just too good. Their batting, in particular, is likely to be too much to handle for Kent. Kent will have the home advantage, but the Lancs should be able to continue their winning momentum.

Back Lancashire to emerge victorious in this clash.

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