Spitfires looking forward to flying in

July 28, 2022

KENT Spitfires will be hoping to play “an exciting brand of cricket” when they visit Suffolk for the Showcase fixture on Sunday.

So says former England wicket-keeper Paul Downton, who is now Kent’s Director of Cricket, and brings his side to Suffolk for the match at Woolpit CC, start 11am.

Kent Spitfires are expected to field a strong side ahead of the start of their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign away to Worcestershire on Tuesday.

The visitors, who were crowned T20 domestic champions in 2021, will be without several star players who are involved in the second edition of The Hundred.

England duo Zak Crawley and Sam Billings will be absent along with Dutch international Fred Klassen as well as Daniel Bell-Drummond, Jordan Cox, Jack Leaning and Matt Milnes.

The Spitfires could include ex-England bat Joe Denly and South African all-rounder George Linde and may also feature Darren Stevens, the 46-year-old who has scored more than 20,000 runs and taken over 800 wickets since joining Kent in 2005 and was was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year after his stellar performances in 2020.

Downton said: “We’re looking forward to visiting Suffolk this weekend to resume the long tradition of matches between First-Class and National Counties, especially as we have had to postpone the fixture for the last two seasons due to COVID-19.

“This will be our first 50-over fixture of the season and we’re expecting a good, competitive match which will also provide us with excellent preparation for the up-coming Royal London Cup.

“We have a mixture of talented young players and experienced old hands hoping to play an exciting brand of cricket.

“I’d like to thank Woolpit Cricket Club and Suffolk for hosting us on Sunday and look forward to a good match played between two competitive teams.”

Tickets, priced £5 for adults and free for U18s accompanied by a paying adult, are still available for the match, which was originally due to have taken place two years ago before the Covid pandemic.

They have been selling well and a good-sized crowd is expected.

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A 28-page souvenir programme, including a scorecard and free raffle ticket, will be on sale for £3.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens is pictured above. Photograph: Max Flego

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