Published: 09:30, 13 July 2021
Kent have withdrawn from their scheduled National County Match with Suffolk at Beckenham next Tuesday.
The Spitfires were due to host Suffolk but are not able to put a squad together given the high number of players that are still self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test in the T20 squad that played Surrey last Friday.
Bowler Nathan Gilchrist then had to withdraw midway through the current County Championship game with Sussex after being contacted by NHS Test & Trace.
The match was originally due to be held at Copdock & Old Ipswichian CC in 2020, but was cancelled due to the pandemic.
It was then switched to Beckenham, where the Spitfires will host their Royal London Cup group games this summer, with National Counties unable to meet the Covid regulations and guidance that are required to stage such a game.
Kent chief executive Simon Storey said: “Everyone was looking forward to the challenge of facing Suffolk on Tuesday, but, regrettably, we have now contacted them to inform them of our decision.
“The safety of our players, staff, members and spectators remains the club’s top priority, with recent statements from the club outlining our swift and decisive actions to ensure the safety of all.”
Suffolk chairman Andrew Squire said: “Whilst disappointing for all concerned, we fully understand and respect Kent’s decision.
“Our players were looking forward to playing at The County Ground, Beckenham and testing themselves against high-class opposition.
“We very much hope to fulfil the fixture next season on a Suffolk ground and send our best wishes to Kent for the remainder of this season.”
Kent Spitfires are due to start their Royal London Cup campaign against Durham at Beckenham on Thursday, July 22.