NORTH­EAST KEEN TO MAIN­TAIN START

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and es­tab­lish our­selves near the top of the ta­ble.

“Hamp­shire are a good side and have started well in Di­vi­sion 1. It will be tough but we are a good white ball side.”

Kent head to Taun­ton on Tues­day (11am) to face Som­er­set in their sec­ond game and North­east added: “They won’t have Chris Gayle, which is a bonus. We have done quite well down there re­cently and hope­fully we can keep that run go­ing.”

Alex Blake and Mitch Clay­don could fea­ture for the Spit­fires with Sean Dick­son mak­ing way.

De­spite his fine form, North­east was over­looked by Eng­land’s se­lec­tors again, al­though Sam Billings was called-up to face Ire­land and South Africa in a ODI se­ries be­fore the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy on home soil.

North­east said: “I didn’t re­ally ex­pect any­thing, the one day side is pretty set­tled. It’s great news for Sam, he’s come of age, play­ing in th­ese big com­pe­ti­tions around the world.”

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