Kentish Express Ashford & District

Home start for Spitfires

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Cricket

Kent start their T20 campaign with three home fixtures in five days this summer.

The Spitfires will host Hampshire on Wednesday, June 9 at Canterbury before taking on Middlesex and Gloucester­shire.

There are back-to-back games at Somerset and Glamorgan before the fixtures keep on coming with five games in nine days – including a trip to Bristol to face Gloucester­shire.

Kent travel to Surrey on July 9, Middlesex on July 16 and then finish their campaign at home to Sussex on Sunday, July 18. All seven of Kent’s home games are due to take place at Canterbury.

The quarter-finals are at the end of August with finals day at Edgbaston on Saturday, September 18.

Kent supporters will not have to do too much travelling to watch their team in Royal London Cup action in 2021 - assuming that spectators are allowed in grounds by the time the competitio­n gets under way in July.

The draw has seen the games against Durham and Lancashire put Kent at home with the longest trip a visit to Worcesters­hire.

Kent travel to Sussex, Essex and Middlesex and will also host Hampshire and Gloucester­shire.

All of Kent’s Royal London Cup home games are scheduled to take place at Beckenham with the competitio­n taking place at the same time as the inaugural Hundred competitio­n. Kent’s Sam Billings, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley and Alex Blake areallduet­oplayinthe Hundred.

The final of the Royal London Cup is due to take place at Trent Bridge on August 19. Vitality Blast fixtures: Wed Jun 9: Kent v Hampshire (at Canterbury); Fri Jun 11: Kent v Middlesex (at Canterbury); Sun Jun 13:

Kent v Gloucs (at Canterbury); Tue Jun 15: Somerset v Kent (at Taunton); Wed Jun 16: Glamorgan v Kent (at Cardiff); Sun Jun 20: Kent v Essex (at Canterbury); Tue Jun 22: Gloucs v Kent (at Bristol); Fri Jun 25: Essex v Kent (at Chelmsford); Mon Jun 28: Kent v Somerset

(at Canterbury); Tue Jun 29: Sussex v Kent (at Hove); Fri Jul 2: Kent v Surrey (at Canterbury);

Fri Jul 9: Surrey v Kent (at The Oval); Fri July 16: Middlesex v Kent (at Lord’s); Sun Jul 18: Kent v Sussex (at Canterbury).

Royal London Cup fixtures: Thu Jul 22: Kent v Durham (at Beckenham); Sun Jul 25: Worcs v Kent (at New Road); Wed Jul 28: Kent v Lancashire (at Beckenham); Fri Jul 30: Sussex v Kent (at Hove); Sun Aug 1: Essex v Kent (at Chelmsford); Fri Aug 6: Middlesex v Kent (TBC); Sun Aug 8: Kent v Hampshire (at Beckenham); Thu Aug 12: Kent v Gloucs (at Beckenham).

Kent’s Zak Crawley missed England’s win over India in the first Test this week through injury.

Crawley slipped as he left the England dressing room and it was confirmed that he had jarred his right wrist and “sprained” the joint.

He will also miss the second Test which starts on Friday.

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