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Kent head coach Jimmy Adams won't prioritise Championship or NatWest T20 Blast cricket as season progresses

Head coach Jimmy Adams says he will not prioritise one competition over another just yet this season, insisting Kent can still contend in all forms.

A four game skid in the NatWest T20 Blast left the Spitfires playing catch-up in the South Group, while it needed the 10-wicket demolition of Derbyshire in their previous Championship game to haul Kent out of the bottom three and end a run of five matches without a win.

However, hopes remain high that Adams’ side can haul themselves back into contention for the knockout stages in T20 with a home win against Hampshire on Friday (7pm) while rock-bottom and winless Leicestershire host Kent in a four-day game beginning on Monday.

Darren Stevens and Daniel Bell-Drummond have claimed a big win could re-establish Kent in the promotion picture – with a 39-point gap to third-placed Surrey, who have played two more games than their side.

Adams said: “We had a good result against Derbyshire and some good individual performances as well.

“The lads are in a really good place and that game went really well for us.

Jimmy Adams Picture: Barry Goodwin
Jimmy Adams Picture: Barry Goodwin

“Leicester have played decent cricket this season and they are at home – I don’t think we can afford to take any team lightly in this division, especially when we’re away from home.

“We’re going there with a lot of respect but we want to continue playing good cricket ourselves and take as many points as we can from the fixture.”

He added: “It’s a real tight division, it’s been like that for a few years and continues to be.

“It would be good to get consistency in our play and to back up a good performance at home with one away.

“If we could get points away from home then it augurs well for the team going forward. It’s a big challenge but I think the lads are up to it.”

Adams added: “We’re still viewing both competitions equally, but what is playing a role is players’ fitness. As the season goes on we’ll have more clarity on where we stand and that might determine our priorities going forward.

“I think Championship promotion is always in the back of everybody’s mind, but when you get down to the day-to-day hustle and bustle of county cricket it’s not something you dwell on for too long.

“Part of my role is to keep players in the moment – if you don’t you might miss opportunities to play good cricket and we can’t afford to miss too many more of those.

“We want to be more consistent and part of that is being able to capture opportunities and maybe not get too ahead of ourselves.”

Neither James Tredwell nor Adam Riley were named in the England squad to face India in the first Test, which starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge.

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