Spit­fires set to main­tain youth pol­icy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket Golf -

James Tred­well says the Spit­fires will con­tinue to fo­cus on youth as their ill-fated Friends Life t20 cam­paign en­ters the fi­nal straight. The re­sult of last night’s (Wed­nes­day) clash with Sus­sex Sharks at Can­ter­bury was set to go a long way in de­cid­ing who fin­ishes bot­tom of South Di­vi­sion. Go­ing into the game, Sus­sex had lost seven of eight games with Spit­fires mak­ing it one win from six, their sole vic­tory com­ing at Hamp­shire last Sun­day. Kent skip­per Tred­well was set to miss the Sharks game with an an­kle in­jury picked up at Southamp­ton but will be as­sessed ahead of the Spit­fires’ match against Sur­rey at The Oval on Fri­day night (7pm). Kent host Hamp­shire Royals in a tele­vised game at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, on Mon­day (7.10pm) and com­plete the group stage against Sus­sex at Hove on Wed­nes­day (7pm). Tred­well called for top-or­der runs from his side ahead of last Sun­day’s game against Hamp­shire and rested Rob Key and Sam North­east while hand­ing Daniel Bel­lDrum­mond and Fabian Cow­drey their first Friends Life t20 starts. Tred­well said: “Fabian has been in good form, scored a lot of runs lately and at some stage you have to take no­tice. “They have both shown glimpses of what they can do and I’d imag­ine we’ll be see­ing more of them in this com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son. “For them to start the way they did at Hamp­shire (open­ing with a quick half­cen­tury stand) was amaz­ing, I guess it was the ex­u­ber­ance of youth – they played with no fear. “The only way to find out if play­ers are good enough is by play­ing them.”

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