Reigning champions Kent Spitfires will face last season’s finalists Somerset in match 1 of the Vitality T20 Blast 2022 on Wednesday, May 25. The T20 Blast 2022 match starts at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury from 11:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

The match being the first fixture of the Vitality T20 Blast 2022, the teams start with a clean slate. Both Kent and Somerset belong to the South Group of the T20 Blast 2022 - the English domestic T20 cricket tournament involving county teams from England and Wales.

A total of 18 teams are equally divided into the North and South groups and teams from each division play each other twice in the group stage. Top four from each group make the quarter-finals. Last season, Kent had topped South Group while Somerset had finished second. The two eventually met in the final, where Kent won by 25 runs.

Kent vs Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2022 odds

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Kent vs Somerset head-to-head

Kent and Somerset have faced off against each other 19 times in the past. Kent have utterly dominated the head-to-head record with 13 wins compared to Somerset’s six victories.

Somerset, though, managed to do a double over Kent in the group stage last season but lost out in the final.

Kent vs Somerset probable playing XI

Kent: Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Sam Billings(c), Alex Blake, Grant Stewart, Jack Leaning, Matt Milnes, Tim Groenewald, Fred Klaassen, Qais Ahmed

Somerset: Tom Banton, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Abell, Will Smeed, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory(c), Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Ben Green, Josh Davey, Merchant de Lange

Kent vs Somerset top picks

Kent: Opener Daniell Bell-Drummond was Kent’s highest scorer last season with 492 runs in 14 matches at a healthy average of 37.84. The Englishman will be key for the Spitfires’ title defence this term as well.

Somerset: South African speedster Marchant de Lange was Somerset’s wrescler in chief with the ball last season, with 18 wickets in 14 matches and will have a crucial role to play against Kent’s formidable batting line-up on Wednesday.

Kent vs Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2022 prediction

Being the defending champions, Kent will be the favourites to take a win on Wednseday against Somerset although by the thinnest of margins.

Kent vs Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 17°C

Precipitation: 20%

Humidity: 76%

Wind: 37 km/h