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Kent's cricketers eager for Beckenham game following washout against Sussex
SUNDAY’S game against Surrey at Beckenham will give Kent Spitfires the chance to kick-start their Friends Life T20 season following a washout yesterday.
The Spitfires’ opening game against Sussex Sharks was called off just minutes before it was due to start at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, after the venue was switched from a flooded Tunbridge Wells the day before.
Bexley-born all-rounder Adam Ball told News Shopper: “Twenty20 is the exciting part of the season, so obviously to have the first game rained off is quite disappointing.
“The boys were all raring to go and get out there and put in a good performance.”
But even rain clouds have silver linings, with Sunday’s fixture in Beckenham subsequently gaining in significance.
The England U19 captain and former Beth’s Grammar School pupil said: “It is always a good day at Beckenham in front of a decent crowd against a top team in Surrey, so we’ll be looking to start off our T20 campaign with a win.
“I’m a Bexley boy so this is not too far from me, although I’m currently studying at the University of Kent in Canterbury, so it is still a bit of a trip.
“I’ll be popping home to see the parents.”
Kent skipper Rob Key, who grew up around Beckenham, is also looking forward to getting back to his own patch.
He said: “I'm looking forward to Sunday and going back home.
“I love playing at Beckenham, we'll just hope for better weather.
“Nothing is quite the same as a day/night game which you get here at Canterbury, but the atmosphere is always brilliant at Beckenham.
“It is wherever you play T20, but Beckenham's obviously a bit more special to me.”
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