Briggs in contention to have Kent in a spin

Danny Briggs. Picture: Neil Marshall
Danny Briggs. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Danny Briggs and Dimi Mascarenhas are both in the frame for recalls ahead of tomorrow’s Championship showdown at Kent.

The duo – who both featured for Hampshire in their CB40 win over Scotland yesterday – have been named in the travelling party that will head to Tunbridge Wells for tomorrow’s division two clash.

Briggs, who made his England one-day debut over the winter, has played just twice in the Championship so far this term.

While Mascarenhas is in the frame after returning from his stint at the IPL.

But while manager Giles White was not prepared to reveal his hand on his strategy without a good look at the pitch, he hinted that both England internationals could be handed their opportunities.

White said: ‘Danny is in the mix. He’s been in the mix for every game but obviously as the wickets get drier, he is more likely to play so that’s something to look forward to.

‘That’s the way it works and that’s why you have a squad.

‘Liam Dawson has grown as an all-rounder.

‘He’s performed with the ball and has given us extra balance in terms of being able to play the extra seamer.

‘On the wickets we’ve played on so far, we felt that was the right decision. As the season goes on and the wickets start to turn, we are more likely to play Danny.

‘He will be a good option in those conditions.

‘Dimi is also in the squad and he’s a difficult man to leave out.

‘We have to think about it.

‘But we’ll have to have a look at the pitch and a look at our side to see which formula we go with.’

Kent are one of the form sides in division two and with the four-day game moving aside for the hectic schedule of the Friends Life t20 campaign after this clash, White is keen for his men to sign off with a victory.

He said: ‘It’s an important game and the last one of this batch of Championship games before the t20, so it would be nice to get the right result.

‘Kent are a strong side. They’ve started the season pretty well so it should be a good barometer of where we are.

‘They’ve brought some experience in and they are obviously gelling quite well.

‘The boys are keen to end this period well and we want to get a win under our belt going into the t20.

‘It would be great to get another win.

‘Championship wins are hard work but we need to put in the hard graft and make sure we perform well.

‘We would probably have wanted more wins at this stage but there’s been a lot of weather around and we are in amongst it, which is where we want to be.’