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Spitfires stick with same squad

Kent Spitfires have named an unchanged squad as they attempt to return to winning ways in the NatWest T20 Blast against Gloucestershire tomorrow night at Bristol.

Head coach Jimmy Adams saw his side slip to a 35-run defeat versus Sussex Sharks last week, their third consecutive South Group match without a win.

Adams told the club’s official website: “Disappointing loss last Friday but very heartening to see the way the guys responded in the red-ball game during the week. 

“We know we can produce that form across all formats and aim to do it Friday night in Bristol.”

England international James Tredwell returns from his LV= County Championship loan spell at Sussex to bolster the Spitfires’ spin options.

However, Ivan Thomas and Mark Davies continue to occupy the sidelines with their respective injuries.

Gloucestershire, who play bottom-placed Middlesex Panthers tonight, have eased their wicketkeeping woes with the signing of Adam Rouse.

With Gareth Roderick and Cameron Herring sidelined through injury, Rouse has penned a one-month trial.

Alex Gidman takes over captaincy duties from Michael Klinger, who is out with a broken toe.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Australian said: “I’ll definitely miss the next couple of T20 games and probably the championship game with Essex, starting next Sunday.

“A more realistic target may be the four-day match against Hampshire (starting on July 7), but perhaps I can get a T20 fixture in before that.

“It’s hugely frustrating to be out after the team had won two championship games and achieved a really good draw against Surrey.

“From a personal point of view, I was coming off hundreds in the last two matches and seemed to be getting on a roll, so it would have been nice to keep that going.”

Gloucestershire have not won in their last three South Group fixtures. 

* Kent Spitfires have won all six of their Twenty20 matches against Gloucestershire, including a 21-run win at the Spitfire Ground this season.

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