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Kent assistant coach Matt Walker says his team must deliver against Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final

Assistant coach Matt Walker says creating pressure with both bat and ball holds the key to Kent beating Surrey in Thursday's Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final at the Kia Oval.

Walker said: “It’s all or nothing now – you get no second chances in games like these. We know what we have got and need to do.

“Surrey are a good one-day unit, especially up front. Their openers Jason Roy and Steven Davies are dangerous and have the ability to take games away from you early.

Kent captain Sam Northeast and Sam Billings Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kent captain Sam Northeast and Sam Billings Picture: Barry Goodwin

“That means it’s vital we strike early with the new ball, get a few wickets and put them on the back foot. If we can do that and really get among them, hopefully the pressure will get to them.

“But, on the other hand, if we bat first, Surrey have a young bowling attack, one that I am confident we can pressurise if we bat positively and as well as we all know we can.”

Walker added that Kent would be at full strength, with England limited- overs player and club wicketkeeper Sam Billings fit to play after dislocating his finger in the championship game at Derbyshire on Saturday.

Captain Sam Northeast has overcome a stiff neck, with Walker, speaking after the final net session before heading to London, saying that both, like the rest of the squad, were raring to go.

He said: “The lads are excited and the mood is great, as it should be given the occasion. It’s a hugely anticipated clash between two old rivals.

“We’ve played brilliant cricket in this competition at times and know what we are capable of."

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