Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Vitality Blast 2020 - Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire
The opening round match of the Vitality Blast 2020 will be played between Kent Spitfires and Hampshire at The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury.
Kent Spitfires finished at the 5th spot in their Vitality Blast group last year. The team ended the group stage with 6 wins and 6 losses from 14 matches.
They will be up against Hampshire who finished at the 7th place in their group after the league stage with 5 wins and 6 losses from 14 matches.
Daniel Bell-Drummond was the top scorer for Kent Spitfires in the last Blast season with 317 runs from 12 matches at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 119. He scored three half-centuries last year with the best of 64.
In 2019, Hardus Viljoen picked up 18 wickets for Kent Spitfires from 12 matches with best figures of 3/15. He bowled at an average of 19 and an economy of 7.83 but he is not available for Kent in 2020.
James Vince was the highest run-scorer for Hampshire last year with 407 runs from 13 matches at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 132. He scored four half-centuries with the best of 87*.
Kyle Abbott was their top wicket-taker and picked up 20 wickets from 13 matches with best figures of 3/15. He bowled at an average of 17 and an economy of 8.18.
The signing of George Munsey adds some much-needed meat to Hampshire’s batting barebones with Rilee Rossouw unable to travel from South Africa, James Vince is awaiting the birth of his second child, Liam Dawson is injured with a ruptured Achilles and Aneurin Donald won’t be fit after an ACL injury over the winter.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Hampshire - Sam Northeast (c) , George Munsey, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (wk), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Ian Holland, Keith Barker, Felix Organ, Brad Taylor/Ryan Stevenson
Kent - Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Heino Kuhn, Joe Denly (c), Alex Blake, Oliver Robinson (wk), Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen, Darren Stevens, Jordan Cox, Calum Haggett/Matt Milnes
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Kent
Who will win? – Kent
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sam Northeast (Hampshire), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kyle Abbott (Hampshire), Darren Stevens (Kent)
Most Sixes – Sam Northeast (Hampshire), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Man of the Match – Darren Stevens (Kent)
Team Scores Batting first – Hampshire 170+, Kent 190+
Match Handicap Kent
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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