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Matt Walker looking forward to Kent's first home T20 Blast match

By Josh Fordham

Kent head coach Matt Walker is expecting a high-scoring match in their first home game of the Vitality Blast T20 competition.

Spitfires face Hampshire at Beckenham on Friday after three straight away matches.

It will also be the final match that overseas player Carlos Brathwaite will play for the club.

Kent head coach Matt Walker. Picture: Ady Kerry
Kent head coach Matt Walker. Picture: Ady Kerry

Walker said: “It’s just the way it is that we have three away games in a row. It can be a good thing and gives us some confidence in the way we’ve started.

“It means we have some home games to look forward to as well. It will be nice to get back to Beckenham as we like playing there.

“It will be a bit of a run-fest with the way the wicket is there and I’m sure the outfield is like glass at the moment with the way the weather has been.”

It is less than two weeks since the sides met in the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s where Hampshire came out on top.

However, Hampshire started the T20 Blast with a 63-run defeat against Glamorgan and that has been put down to a hangover from their final win by coach Craig White.

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Walker said: “It’s not straight away. We’ve had a bit of time to settle in to the competition.

“We’ve got to play them twice, we knew that and there won’t be any hangover from that final loss from us.

“We just take the positives out of it. It was a great opportunity to get there and to experience a final and everyone comes out better for it.

“We want to beat them as much as we do any other side. I’m looking forward to that challenge.”

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