Crawley poised to make Spitfires debut
Crawley poised to make Spitfires debut

Batsman Zak Crawley could make his pro debut in the Royal London One-Day Cup day-night match at The Spitfire Ground against Essex on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate, who scored a second XI century last week, will get an opportunity to impress against the South group table-toppers in the first Mike Denness Challenge Shield match of 2017.

Essex hold the trophy dedicated to the memory of the former Kent and Essex batsman and contested in matches between the clubs across all formats.

Left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum could make his English domestic one-day debut after a five-wicket haul in the Second XI Championship win against Sussex last week.

The Spitfires go into the game without the likes of Joe Denly, Darren Stevens, Sam Billings, Matt Coles and James Tredwell who are all rested.

Former England Test captain Alastair Cook is a 14-man Essex squad.

Kent Spitfires squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 58 Sean Dickson, 16 Zak Crawley, 24 Adam Ball, 10 Alex Blake, 12 Adam Rouse (wk), 25 Calum Haggett, 11 Imran Qayyum, 22 Charlie Hartley, 14 Matt Hunn, 5 Ivan Thomas.

Essex Eagles squad: 27 Ryan ten Doeschate (captain), 7 James Foster (wk), 6 Varun Chopra, 11 Simon Harmer, 13 Neil Wagner, 21 Tom Westley, 22 Paul Walter, 25 Ravi Bopara (25), 26 Alastair Cook, 28 Dan Lawrence, 31 Adam Wheater, 44 Jamie Porter, 67 Callum Taylor, 99 Ashar Zaidi.