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Kent's Robbie Joseph faces fitness test for Twenty20 match

Robbie Joseph
Robbie Joseph

by Andrew Gidley

Robbie Joseph faces a fitness test before Kent Spitfires' Twenty20 Cup South Division game against Surrey Brown Caps at The Oval on Wednesday.

Paceman Joseph (pictured) missed the victory over Hampshire Hawks at Tunbridge Wells on Monday with a groin strain after being injured in the four-day County Championship defeat against Essex last week. He is in a 13-man squad which also includes youngster Charlie Hemphrey. James Hockley drops out.

Coach Simon Willis said: "Robbie had a run-out on Monday and we will wait to see if he suffers any reaction later."

Kent start the game in third place, one point behind Hampshire Hawks who beat winless champions Middlesex by 28 runs at Southampton on Tuesday night. Spitfires are three points behind leaders Sussex Sharks with two games in hand.

Skipper Rob Key said: "We are in the toughest group, and there is so much on every Twenty20 game now. I think it's the competition that puts you under most pressure now as a county cricketer, especially the bowlers. One bad over can kill the game for your side."

Director of cricket Graham Ford added: "Matches at The Oval are always special. They prepare good wickets and we know it will be tough because Surrey are a good side."

The match starts at 5.30pm, with the return at Beckenham on Sunday

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