Vitality Blast: 2022 tournament gets under way on Wednesday
Kent Spitfires head coach Matt Walker has challenged his team to become the first team to win the T20 Blast back-to-back titles when the 2022 game begins on Wednesday.
He lifted the trophy for the second time in 14 years, defeating Kent Somerset at EdgeBaston last year.
This year marks the 20th season of England’s T20 Cricket, which started with the Twenty20 Cup in 2003.
Of the 18 districts in the highest ranking, 12 won the game. But no team won the championship two years in a row.
Walker now wants the campaign to be another bright spot for his team, which has been battling cricket for four days so far this season.
The Spitfires, along with Yorkshire Worcester in the Northern team, were among the four teams on the opening night of the tournament as they host Somerset in the final replay last year.
Last season’s competition ended when four teams from the southern team defeated their northern rivals in the quarterfinals.
Each team will play 14 team games, seven at home and seven away, ahead of the final day at EdgeBaston on Saturday 16 July. It was postponed from its regular date in September.
“Our commitment has paid off”
Looking at Kent and England, Zack Crowley believes his area will not be strengthened this year.
“Last year we had a very young team and they all got bigger and better,” the 24-year-old said.
“I think what stood out last year was our field team. We were the best field team, and we went through tough situations. We won every 50/50 games on the field.