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Hampshire all-stars face Kent’s homegrown underdogs in Royal London final

• First Lord’s final between the sides since 1992
• James Vince and Heino Kuhn have been prolific run-scorers

The human interest stories for Saturday’s Royal London One-Day Cup final are varied and many. Kent’s 42-year-old Darren Stevens will be negotiating the Lord’s slope in what is his 21st year of first-class cricket. The former Kent captain Sam Northeast, a Hampshire winter signing, will be going up against his restless successor Sam Billings, who, in a quiet season, has a point to prove.

The Hampshire captain, James Vince, unwanted in any of England’s squads, has followed each announcement of his omission with huge centuries, including a 126-ball 171 in the semi-final against Yorkshire. Kent’s Joe Denly is averaging 80 in the tournament and enjoying the role of senior statesman, while Hampshire’s Joe Weatherley was a 15-year-old fan in the crowd when Hampshire last made a Lord’s final, in 2012.

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