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

St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

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Kent have suffered 3 back-to-back losses.

  • Oliver Robinson’s 206 not out is the highest score by a batter this season.
  • Northamptonshire will be counting on all-rounder Rob Keogh to come good again.
  • Northamptonshire have done well against Kent in recent years and will have the edge in this clash.

Expect Northamptonshire to emerge victorious in this encounter.

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

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Nothing has gone right for Kent this season. They are languishing at 8th place in the Group B table with just 1 win and 3 losses in 4 matches at a net run rate of -1.655. They have a big task ahead of them and would need to string together a few wins to climb up the ladder. Kent will now clash against Northamptonshire, who are 5th on the table with 2 wins and 2 losses and a net run rate of +0.112.

Kent Preview

Kent started their season with a solid 7-wicket win against Worcestershire. Unfortunately, they have lost all their three games after that. Their last two losses have been huge – by 163 runs against Hampshire and by 182 runs against Essex. It remains to be seen if Kent can come back to winning ways after those two crushing losses

Kent’s problem has been their batting. Oliver Robinson has been their best batter so far with 309 runs at an average of 103 and a highest score of 206*. The others, however, haven’t given him much support. Opener Ben Compton has scored two fifties but needs to start converting them into big scores. Alex Blake too has looked in decent touch with two fifties and an average of 40.

Their bowling hasn’t been too great either. Off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri has been their most dependable bowler with 5 wickets at an economy of 6.16. New ball fast bowler Navdeep Saini has picked up 4 wickets but has gone at a high economy rate of 7.05. His partner Matthew Quinn is the leading wicket-taker of the team this season with 7 scalps to his name but has conceded runs at a rate of 8.17.

Kent Predicted Playing XI:

Tawanda Muyeye, Ben Compton, Oliver Robinson (wk), Joe Denly (c), Alex Blake, Harry Finch, Joey Evison, Hamidullah Qadri, Nathan Gilchrist, Matthew Quinn, Navdeep Saini

Northamptonshire Preview

Northamptonshire are coming off an 11-run loss against Hampshire. In a low-scoring match, Northamptonshire were bowled out for 188 while chasing a target of 200. Rob Keogh was the sole batter who kept fighting with a knock of 74 off 83 balls. The team’s highest run-getter this season is skipper Will Young who has scored 190 runs at an average of 47.50. Another batter who has done well for them is Saif Zaib with 178 runs at 59.33.

In the bowling department, fast bowler Nathan Buck continues to impress and has picked up 11 wickets so far at an economy of 5.78. New ball bowler Jack White returned figures of 3-34 in the last match and showed he can be someone the team can depend on. Keogh also impressed with his off-spin in the last match with a spell of 3-32 from 7 overs. He can give the team a handy spin bowling option in the middle overs.

Northamptonshire Predicted Playing XI:

Will Young (c), Emilio Gay, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, James Sales, Lewis McManus (wk), Nathan Buck, Tom Taylor, Jack White, Alex Russell

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Weather Conditions

The pitch at St Lawrence Ground is usually quite good for batting with some help for the bowlers. This is a fresh pitch and should be full of runs. Expect the batters to make merry. Spinners could also play a crucial role later on.

The weather in Canterbury is expected to be very warm on the day of the match.

Venue Details

The average score batting first at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury in ODIs is 245. The highest total on the venue is 272-5 by South Africa. The batting first in this game will be looking to post a total of around 28-290 runs. 

Toss: To Bat

This will be the first match of the season played at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. The team winning the toss should bat first.

Northamptonshire has won 3 of the last 4 completed games they have played against Kent. They will have an edge in this game as Kent would be still reeling from the effects of those two crushing losses. Moreover, the Northants’ batting is looking good and they should be able to dominate Kent’s bowling.

Expect Northamptonshire to emerge victorious in this encounter.


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