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Kent outsiders to reach last-eight

Kent Spitfires will bid to pull off an unlikely NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final place when they host high-flying Surrey tonight.

The Spitfires thrashed Somerset by 40 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method last Friday night to ensure their campaign went down the final game.

Their fate, however, lies in the hands of others with Glamorgan and Somerset sitting above them in the race for the final last-eight place.

Kent know that if Glamorgan win their hopes are over.

Indeed, even if Glamorgan lose Kent would most likely need a wide-margin win, with Somerset – who host last-placed Middlesex - ahead of them on net run-rate.

Head coach Jimmy Adams is trying not to worry about ‘what ifs’ and instead has kept a simple philosophy going into the match.

“We have to simply play to our potential and win,” he told the club’s official website.

“The lads are finishing the competition strongly, it was a great performance last Friday we just need to repeat it."

To complicate Kent’s hopes Surrey need to avoid a heavy defeat to ensure they clinch a home quarter-final.

Surrey moved into second place, and ahead of Hampshire on net run-rate, with a thrilling final-ball win over Middlesex at Lord’s last night.

Aneesh Kapil returns to Surrey’s 14-man squad for the trip to Canterbury while George Edwards is included for the first time in this year’s competition.

Kent have been boosted by the return of Australian left-arm quick Doug Bollinger from injury.

* Surrey have won their previous three Twenty20 matches against Kent Spitfires, having lost the preceeding four games.

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