Kent v Gloucestershire preview
Kent v Gloucestershire preview

On-loan paceman James Harris could make his Kent debut as Gloucestershire visit The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Friday.

The 26-year-old Welshman joined Kent this week from Middlesex and is line to play the Specsavers County Championship opener.

Skipper Sam Northeast (hamstring) and paceman Matt Coles (foot) have been passed fit but batsman Sean Dickson is sidelined with a hamstring injury so Hampshire loanee Joe Weatherley is included in a 12-man squad.

Entry to the match is free for under 18s and a bouncy castle will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a free ground tour taking place at 10.30am on Sunday (8 April) at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Wicket keeper Phil Mustard will captain Gloucestershire at Canterbury.

Mustard, whose loan from Durham last summer was converted into a permanent move during the closed season, leads the side because Gareth Roderick is ill.

Head coach Richard Dawson has opted to take a squad of 13 to Canterbury, including Cameron Bancroft – fresh from his success in the Big Bash with the Perth Scorchers – and two bowlers who could make their Championship debuts for the club, Chris Liddle and Oli Currill.


Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 9 Joe Weatherley, 42 Will Gidman, 3 Darren Stevens, 10 Alex Blake, 12 Adam Rouse (wk), 26 Matt Coles, 15 James Tredwell, James Harris, 8 Mitch Claydon.

Gloucestershire squad : Dent, Bancroft, Tavare, van Buuren, Hankins, Cockbain, Mustard (c), J. Taylor, Miles, Payne, Norwell, Liddle, Currill.