The heated rivalry between English County cricket teams Kent and Surrey will be renewed on Tuesday night when Joe Denly and Jason Roy go head-to-head at Marvel Stadium.
Denly’s Brisbane Heat and Roy’s Perth Scorchers meet in a clash crucial to both teams’ chances of playing in the BBL finals.
The former England teammates have been friends for several years, but it’s a mateship that has been on hold in contests against each other during their impressive careers.
“He plays for Surrey, I play for Kent – there’s always a big rivalry between those two teams,” Denly said.
“If I could chose one team to take down on a regular basis, it would certainly be Surrey.”
Denly and the Heat have similar intentions of “taking down” 30-year-old Roy and the Scorchers on Tuesday.
“Of course. There a few teams bundled around the middle of the table, so it’s a big game for both teams and I’ll be looking to take down that Surrey boy again.
“When he gets going he’s one of the most dangerous batters in the world.
“He’s proven that over time with his performances for England. He’s a very dangerous player.
“You don’t bat at the top of the order in his current England team if you’re not any good.”
Roy had similar sentiments about the threat 34-year-old Denly poses with his batting.
“We’re getting stuck into each other – no friendships here,” Roy joked.
“But I’ve known him for a long time and he’s one of the dangermen for the Heat for sure. He’s someone we look to get out early.
“It’s going to be a great game. It’s a huge games for both teams really because it’s congested in the middle of the pack.”
Both teams have won five of their 10 matches, with the Scorchers ahead of the Heat by just one point.
“We need to win to separate us from that group,” Roy said.
Denly said the Heat were yet to play their best cricket this season.
“That’s a positive because there is still a lot more to come from the group and we find ourselves still in the mix,” Denly said.
“Hopefully we can string a few good performances together and be involved in less tense games because I think the coaching staff might appreciate that as well.”