The Sharks can scent blood

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: July 10 2014, 10:23 BST

Kent are in a poor run of form and Ian Ogg expects that to continue when they visit Sussex in Friday's live NatWest T20 Blast.

Luke Wright can help Sussex defeat Kent
Luke Wright can help Sussex defeat Kent

With the T20 Blast now having a regular Friday slot in the cricket calendar, we'll be focusing on the shortest form of the game with our previews this season.

Towards the end of the week we'll look ahead to the Friday round of matches, which will usually include a televised fixture - one we'll take a close look at given the TV games are often seen as good punting material.

Here's our look at this Friday's action:

Sussex v Kent, Sky Sports 2 1900 BST

These two sides are separated by just a point in the South Group Table and, with only a handful of games remaining, defeat could put the end to any slim remaining hopes of reaching the top four and qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Sussex come into this game on the back of a convincing County Championship success over hapless Northampton and safe in the knowledge that they recorded a comfortable victory over Kent when the pair clashed at Canterbury towards the end of June.

They were indebted to Luke Wright's 85 - his top score of the T20 season - as they amassed 149 which proved 35 too many for the Spitfires whose reply never got off the ground.

Sussex have won two and lost two at Hove this season, having chased on each occasion, but their defeats have been relatively narrow, going down by 18 runs to Hampshire and just four to Gloucestershire and they should prove too strong for the visitors on home soil.

Kent started the tournament brightly with three wins and a tie from their first six but have lost their last four by comprehensive margins and the Sharks can go in for the kill.

The hosts have a huge amount of firepower at the top of an order which is backed up by a decent seam attack, ably assisted by the spin of Will Beer and they can mount a late push for a top-four spot and climb above one of Somerset and Gloucestershire who face each other earlier in the evening.

Best of the rest

Talking of teams in freefall, Birmingham Bears look worth opposing with local rivals Worcestershire.

The Bears have lost their last four games, including an eight wicket defeat to Friday's opponents, and, once again, appear to have lost their way in this format.

In contrast, the Rapids are flying high in the table and look decent value to claim a seventh win of the season.

Lancashire Lightning top the Northern Group and should be able to cement their position at the head of the table by winning away at Leicester.

It's tempting to take a punt on Northampton who entertain bottom of the table Derbyshire but the Steelbacks have been taking a hammering on their return to the top division of the County Championship and they're a short price for a side that could be shorn of confidence for all that this format could provide some respite.