CUTS SEE T20 GAME SWITCHED FROM THE NEVILL GROUND TO CAN­TER­BURY

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

There will be no lim­ited overs ac­tion dur­ing Tun­bridge Wells Cricket Week in 2014 af­ter the pro­posed NatWest t20 Blast game with Glouces­ter­shire was moved to Can­ter­bury. The Glad­i­a­tors were due to visit The Nevill on Fri­day, May 30, to open Kent Spit­fires’ t20 cam­paign, the same week as the visit of Worces­ter­shire in the LV= County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2. How­ever, the match has been switched to The Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, as fi­nan­cial re­straints mean the cost of in­tro­duc­ing tem­po­rary seat­ing to ac­com­mo­date the ad­di­tional sup­port­ers for a t20 match are pro­hib­i­tive. Kent chief ex­ec­u­tive Jamie Clif­ford said: “We have been work­ing closely with Tun­bridge Wells Bor­ough Coun­cil to es­tab­lish a multi-game pro­gramme for 2014. Sadly, it has not been pos­si­ble in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment of coun­cil cuts and tight­en­ing bud­gets, which are fully un­der­stood. “The coun­cil can­not sus­tain the ex­tra costs as­so­ci­ated with host­ing a t20 Blast fix­ture, with the need for a tem­po­rary stand to in­crease ca­pac­ity by over 1,000, plus other costs. “I would like to thank the coun­cil for all the sup­port they con­tinue to give, which will al­low the fes­ti­val, which has taken place in Tun­bridge Wells for over 100 years, to con­tinue.” Tun­bridge Wells Bor­ough coun­cil­lor Jane March said: “Fi­nan­cial re­straints have meant we have re­assessed how much cricket we can sup­port at the Nevill Ground and we are work­ing hard to en­sure that first class cricket is still avail­able in Tun­bridge Wells.” Kent will play a four-day cham­pi­onship game against Worces­ter­shire from May 25-28, with ju­niors given free en­try.

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