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Matt Walker says Kent will approach Glamorgan game like any other

By Josh Fordham

Matt Walker says Kent will not underestimate Glamorgan in their penultimate Specsavers County Championship Division 2 match of the season.

Kent know that wins from their final two games will guarantee promotion to Division 1.

Glamorgan have been this season’s strugglers in Division 2 having won just once in 12 games.

Matt Walker. Picture: Keith Gillard
Matt Walker. Picture: Keith Gillard

Head coach Walker said: “We will approach it in exactly the same way that we would if we were playing the team the top of the table. It is as simple as that.

“It is very dangerous to look at tables at this time of year. They have not had the best season but they still have very good cricketers in that group. Sometimes the side that don’t have much to play for can be dangerous.

“We have to treat with exactly the same attitude we have brought to every championship game this year.

“It’s just win each session at this stage. We can’t look too far ahead at what Sussex or Warwickshire are doing.

“It can be very distracting and all we have to do is focus on the next moment and the next session. Everything else should take care of itself behind the scenes.”

The speed of Kent’s development on the pitch has taken Walker a little by surprise.

A number of changes were made at the club during the winter with a new captain (Sam Billings), director of cricket (Paul Downton) and CEO (Ben Green) coming in.

Walker was expecting improvements from the 2017 campaign but Kent have surpassed many people’s expectations by challenging in all formats this season.

He said: “I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. We put a few things in place this year and brought in some new people and changed some things in the standards we set and culture we want to develop.

“I would be disappointed if any member or fan was disappointed with this season because I think it has been great to watch.

“It has been a privilege to be involved with.

“There’s probably no coincidence there’s a belief, a hunger and a team-ness about us that is producing some good cricket.

“It has been quietly an outstanding season.

“Where we have come from in all formats to where we are now, getting to a Lord’s final, the quarter-final in the T20 and now pushing for promotion in the championship.”

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