Spitfires bring in Brathwaite
Spitfires bring in Brathwaite

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has signed to play in Kent Spitfires’ opening four matches of the Vitality Blast.

The World T20 champion, who made his name hitting four successive sixes in the final over of the 2016 final against England, will join the Spitfires squad before the opening group match at oldest rivals Surrey on Friday 6 July.

The 29-year-old is set to make his home debut at The County Ground, Beckenham against Hampshire on Friday 13 July (5.30pm).

Brathwaite, who has played 3 Tests, 28 ODIs and 25 T20s for West Indies, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Kent Spitfires for my first taste of county cricket.

“I have a good relationship with Sam Billings, having played in the same team at the IPL and BBL. Sam chatted to me about the opportunity to join and has told me a lot about the great support and atmosphere on T20 nights.

“I hope I can entertain the supporters and am looking forward to joining up with the Spitfires squad.”

He has also played for both Sydney Sixers and Thunder in the Big Bash League as well as Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton said: “Carlos is a proven match winner. He is an explosive ball striker and a skilful white-ball bowler with good variations and extensive experience in the 20-over format.

“We are excited that Carlos will be with us for the start of our Vitality Blast campaign. I’m sure he’ll make an impact in his brief spell with the Spitfires.”

Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will succeed Brathwaite as the squad’s second overseas player ahead of a likely debut against Sussex Sharks at The Spitfire Ground on Friday 27 July (7pm).

Early Bird T20 tickets for all Vitality Blast home matches are on sale until 1 July.

Entry is included in All Rounder (£265) and Spitfire (£175) Memberships and an option for Six Pack holders (£125) at www.kentcricketshop.co.uk