Kent will hope they can maintain their top spot in the NatWest T20 Blast 2015 but Hampshire will be a tough match when the two sides meet on Friday. The Kent v Hampshire betting tips can be found below.
Chasing 184 for a win from 18 overs, Hampshire got to the total with a ball to spare. This was after Sam Northeast hit a half-century and James Vince retaliated with an unbeaten 99 of his own, the two players we said will be those to look out for below!
Story so far:
Both teams have had a good start to their campaigns but it could have been a lot better. Kent’s four wins from six games puts them at the top of the table while one of the pre-tournament favourites, Hampshire have won three out of five and third in the table.
It’s also interesting to note that while Kent have won four games – one of which came against Hampshire at Southampton – their twin-defeats have been by heavy margins. For instance, against Middlesex they crashed to 90 all out to lose by 115 runs while Gloucestershire pummelled to a nine-wicket defeat with almost three overs to spare.
Hampshire started off with a reasonably comfortable win over Essex, but then lost their home game to Kent. A win over Glamorgan was set up by their bowlers as they defended 148 before overcoming Middlesex in their fourth.
Unfortunately their bowlers came cropper against Somerset, with the Chris Gayle-led batting thumping the target of 168 in 18.3 overs alone.
Kent’s performances this season have so far been built around Sam Northeast, whose 344 runs at 68.8 are the best in the competition so far. Hampshire, on the other hand, need the likes of Sean Ervine, Owais Shah and Michael Carberry to fire, who have all looked a tad under-cooked this year.
Sam Northeast (Kent):
Six matches played, one century and two fifties hit. That’s to go with 40, 20 and 14 in his other three stints at the crease, making him not only the highest scorer in the tournament so far but also a consistent bat for Kent. Of course, that also adds pressure on to him given there’s been not too much support going his way but expect him to get going yet again after having had scores of 85 and 29 in their county championship game earlier this week.
James Vince (Hampshire):
He’s the top-scorer for Hampshire this season with 175 runs and a couple of fifties to his name. Unfortunately for him, his teammates haven’t been able to get a move on, which is a problem. Still, the 24-year Vince will hope he can push on from where he’s left off so far and add to his solo England ODI cap he’s earned so far in his career earlier this year.
Kent v Hampshire head to head:
Overall, Hampshire lead Kent 11-8 on head to head. The last time they played, however, was earlier this year and Vince’s 66 and Adam Wheater’s 18-ball 36 pushed Hampshire to 172 in their 20 overs. However, Northeast’s 60 off 49 and a smashing 71 off the bat of Alex Blake took Kent from 70 for five in 10 overs to a stunning win.
Kent v Hampshire betting tips:
Hampshire to win: 8/11
Sean Ervine to be Hampshire’s top batsman: 4/1
Sam Northeast to be overall top batsman: 13/2
Match starts at 7 pm local time (1800 hours GMT) on June 12.