Cricket: Kent's chance for revenge

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Kent and Warwickshire renew hostilities today in the Benson and Hedges Cup quarter-final at Canterbury, where the hosts are still harbouring a grudge over a controversial result at the same stage of the same competition three years ago.

When the two sides met in 1994, Kent complained formally to the Test and County Cricket Board about the failure to properly protect the Edgbaston pitch in a rain-affected tie. Play was washed out on both days available, but the "Brumbrella", a huge tarpaulin cover, was not used, in an attempt to counteract fungus fuserium.

The match was decided by a bowl-out in the indoor cricket school which Warwickshire won and, to make matters worse for Kent, they went on to lift the trophy at Lord's eight weeks later.

Today Kent will have to manage without Dean Headley, who has a back strain which flared up during England's first Texaco Trophy match at Headingley last Thursday.

Essex will put themselves on the alert for the Hollioake brothers, Adam and Ben, after their heroics in the Texaco Trophy matches. Adam in particular will have sharpened his reflexes for the Chelmsford tie after hitting the winning runs in each of the three games against Australia At least Essex, fired up again by their Australian import Stuart Law, have the form book in their favour, winning five of the six matches between the sides.

The county champions, Leicestershire, face Somerset at Grace Road and have not met the West Countrymen at this stage for 20 years. In their three matches, Somerset's highest total has been 149 for 6.

In the fourth match, the Texaco Trophy man of the match at Lord's, Yorkshire's Darren Gough, should pose the biggest threat to Northamptonshire at Headingley.