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Kent fired up for seaside trip

KENT will go in search of their fourth victory of the Frizzell County Championship campaign in Hove tomorrow (Wednesday) where they take on hosts Sussex.

David Fulton’s side enjoyed the best of last week’s rain affected draw with Warwickshire at The Mote in Maidstone and have been buoyed by their skipper’s return to batting form that led to them scoring 360 for a last-day away win over Lancashire a fortnight ago.

Fulton names an unchanged side for the third championship match in succession and is up-beat about his side’s chances.

"We’ve always had good team spirit in this bunch of guys and we’re playing good cricket at the moment," said Fulton ahead of his side’s eighth championship start.

"We identified a couple of weeks ago that we weren’t scoring big enough runs and since then I’ve scored a couple of tons, Andrew Symonds hit one in Liverpool and Rob Key is scoring consistently.

"Added to that Amjad Khan’s has been in excellent form, Min’s taken five wickets at The Mote and Martin Saggers is starting to swing the ball again. We’re firing on all cylinders and appear to be in pretty good shape, but we’re not about to get carried away with it.

"We know to compete with the likes of Surrey we must keep putting the work in but I feel we will be right up there at the top come the end of the season."

Sussex will be without pace bowler James Kirtley who fractured his hand last week while training with the England one-day side. He will be out for up to six weeks.

Though Sussex lie in fifth place and just two and a half points behind Kent in fourth, Fulton believes his side have nothing to fear on the south coast.

" Of course we set out to win every game, but we go down to Hove knowing that we’ve already beaten Sussex at Tunbridge Wells and that can only be good for our confidence," said Fulton.

"They are without James Kirtley who is a key player for them and the weather forecast is average again, but we’ll be looking for a win. If we can stay competitive for the duration of the match I feel we can do good things."

Former England one-day international Matthew Fleming again misses out with a thigh muscle strain, but Martin Saggers regains his place after missing Sunday’s National League win over Durham with a slight back niggle.

All-rounder James Golding continues to deputise for Fleming, but Fulton has resisted tinkering with the batting order feeling that a big score is just around the corner for Ed Smith and Matthew Walker.

Kent from: Fulton, Key, Smith, Symonds, Walker, Nixon, Ealham, Golding, Patel, Khan, Saggers, Tredwell.

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