Glamorgan v Kent Spitfires: Royal London Head-to-Head

2 Aug 2022 | Cricket

The Kent Spitfires will be Glamorgan’s next opponents at Sophia Gardens in the Royal London Cup with the contest at Cardiff starting at 11.00am on Thursday, 4 August. (writes Andrew Hignell)

After their stirring eight-wicket victory over Derbyshire on Tuesday, Glamorgan will be looking to further maintain their defence of the Royal London title with another impressive performance against the Spitfires who defeated Worcestershire by seven wickets in a high-scoring contest at New Road with Ollie Robinson posting an unbeaten 206 in a contest where 704 runs were scored.

As the list below shows of the last six List A games between the two teams, Kent’s most recent visit to Cardiff in April 2019 saw the contest washed out after 15 overs and declared a ‘No Result’.

6 August 2014 at Canterbury – Kent won 6 wickets
28 July 2015 at Cardiff – Glamorgan won by 3 wickets
12 June 2016 at Canterbury – Glamorgan won by 3 wickets
14 May 2017 at Swansea – Glamorgan won by 15 runs
25 May 2018 at Canterbury – Kent won by 4 wickets
25 April 2019 at Cardiff - No Result

Glamorgan’s most recent List A victory at Cardiff against Kent came in July 2015 as the Welsh county won by three wickets after a game-changing innings from Chris Cooke who blasted an imperious 94* to turn the game on its head after the Spitfires seemed like they were cruising to victory. But, after a brief stoppage for rain, Cooke made 94 from 54 balls with 8 fours and 4 massive sixes to see his side home with two balls remaining.

Kent have not won a List A encounter at Cardiff since September 2007. On that occasion Martin Saggers, now a first-class umpire, claimed 4/25 whilst Rob Key, now in a senior managerial position with the ECB, struck an unbeaten 107 as Kent won by eight wickets.

Kent’s visit to Wales for a List A game in May 2017 turned into something of a six-fest as the match at Swansea saw 35 maximums being struck, with Darren Stevens bludgeoning 147 from 67 balls with his astonishing innings including a record fourteen sixes as the visitor’s attempted to chase a target of 357. However, thanks to a career-best five-wicket haul by David Lloyd, the Spitfires fell fifteen runs short.