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Kent Cricket confirm the County Ground, Beckenham will host their home Royal London Cup fixtures this summer

Kent Spitfires will play all four of their home Royal London Cup matches at the County Ground, Beckenham.

Their Group A one-day matches at Beckenham will be against Durham (July 22), Lancashire (July 28), Hampshire (August 8) and Gloucestershire (August 12).

Kent Spitfires will play their home one-day matches at Beckenham this summer Picture: Andy Jones
Kent Spitfires will play their home one-day matches at Beckenham this summer Picture: Andy Jones

Kent say hosting the home matches in one venue is more manageable.

There is also a change to their Canterbury Cricket Week, the oldest cricket festival in England.

Kent say: “The logistics of playing different formats at different venues also means that Kent’s final LV= Insurance County Championship home match of the season against Sussex on 11-14 July will now move to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, and will replace our home match against Northamptonshire as the 169th Canterbury Cricket Week.

“The change of venue means that Canterbury Cricket Week returns into its traditional spot in the heat of Summer, and in-line with the UK Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown, will hopefully see crowds back to The Spitfire Ground for this traditional celebration of cricket.”

The club decided on the switch of venues after AEG Presents, the concert promoters of An Evening with Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams at The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury suggested that both concerts would need to be rescheduled due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Michael Bublé’s visit has been moved from its original July date to Sunday, June 24, 2022. Further updates for The Spitfire Ground’s Bryan Adams concert will be released by the promoter in due course.

Kent cricket chief executive Simon Storey said: “The decision to switch these fixtures has been taken after our partners at AEG Presents indicated that both artists were set to reschedule their tours.

“In the light of the news from the promoter, we have taken this opportunity to review the home venues for our cricket - with all of our home County Championship matches now taking place in Canterbury, with Canterbury Cricket Week in July.

“It’s also great for us to be able to showcase the first class facilities at The County Ground, Beckenham. With a full schedule of four Royal London Cup home matches on a great pitch, Beckenham could play an important role in our season at the height of summer.

“We also enjoy the fervent support of our members, supporters and followers in metropolitan Kent and South East London.”

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