Published: 13:34, 20 January 2022
| Updated: 14:08, 20 January 2022
Kent’s fixtures for the 2022 season have been announced – but there won’t be any county cricket at Tunbridge Wells this summer.
The county have confirmed that all home matches will either be played at The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury or at Beckenham.
Kent chief executive Simon Storey said: “The tangible excitement that comes with the announcement of fixtures means that the season will soon be upon us with a busy schedule spanning six busy months.
“Kent members will have access to at least 43 days of cricket across all formats – this demonstrates real value for money in becoming a Kent member for 2022 and we’re delighted to be welcoming back our members this summer.
“Despite concerns of Covid, we are determined to fully re-open The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence and The County Ground, Beckenham in 2022. We’re excited to be bringing premier white and red-ball cricket back to Metropolitan Kent this season, now with five days of Men’s First XI cricket at Beckenham as opposed to four in 2021.
“Unfortunately this year it hasn’t been possible to return to the picturesque Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells. Despite the improving picture with Covid, we still are required to put in place operational plans to cover all eventualities.
“With this in mind, it’s not possible to move a complex first-class cricket operation to support out-ground cricket at a third venue. We have a close working relationship with Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club, and hope to return to The Nevill in 2023.”
The County Championship reverts back to a two-division format this summer with Kent starting their Division 1 campaign away to Essex at Chelmsford on Thursday, April 7.
The first cricket at Canterbury comes from Thursday, April 14 with a four-day match against Lancashire.
There are 14 championship games, including five in June and July, with the season potentially finishing as late as Thursday, September 29 when Kent host Somerset at Canterbury in the final week of the campaign.
Kent start the defence of their Vitality Blast T20 crown when they host Somerset at Canterbury on Wednesday, May 25 - a repeat of the 2021 final.
The Royal London One-Day Cup gets under way at Worcestershire Rapids on Tuesday, August 2, with home matches at both Beckenham and Canterbury.
The 170th Canterbury Cricket Week will fall between Monday, July 11 and Thursday, July 14 when Kent host Northamptonshire.
Canterbury will also play host to South Africa for a four-day tour match, as they continue their preparations for a Test series against England. The visitors will compete against a First-Class Counties Select XI from Tuesday, August 9.
KENT FIXTURES 2022
Thursday April 7
Essex v Kent (Chelmsford) – County Championship
Thursday April 14
Kent v Lancashire (Canterbury) – County Championship
Thursday April 21
Kent v Hampshire (Canterbury) – County Championship
Thursday April 28
Yorkshire v Kent (Headingley) – County Championship
Thursday May 12
Kent v Surrey (Beckenham) – County Championship
Thursday May 19
Northamptonshire v Kent (Northampton) – County Championship
Wednesday May 25
Kent Spitfires v Somerset (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Friday May 27
Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Sunday May 29
Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires (Sussex) – Vitality Blast
Wednesday June 1
Gloucestershire v Kent Spitfires (Bristol) – Vitality Blast
Friday June 3
Kent Spitfires v Surrey (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Sunday June 5
Kent Spitfires v Middlesex (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Tuesday June 7
Essex Eagles v Kent Spitfires (Chelmsford) – Vitality Blast
Friday June 10
Somerset v Kent Spitfires (Taunton) – Vitality Blast
Sunday June 12
Kent v Gloucestershire (Canterbury) – County Championship
Friday June 17
Hampshire Hawks v Kent Spitfires (Ageas Bowl) – Vitality Blast
Sunday June 19
Middlesex v Kent Spitfires (Lord’s) – Vitality Blast
Tuesday June 21
Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Friday June 24
Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Sunday June 29
Surrey v Kent (The Oval) – County Championship
Friday July 1
Surrey v Kent Spitfires (The Oval) – Vitality Blast
Sunday July 3
Kent Spitfires v Glamorgan (Canterbury) – Vitality Blast
Monday July 11
Kent v Northamptonshire (Canterbury) – County Championship
Tuesday July 19
Warwickshire v Kent (Edgbaston) – County Championship
Monday July 25
Lancashire v Kent (Old Trafford) – County Championship
Sunday July 31
Suffolk v Kent (tbc) – National County match
Tuesday August 2
Worcestershire Rapids v Kent Spitfires (New Road) – Royal London Cup
Thursday August 4
Glamorgan v Kent Spitfires (tbc) – Royal London Cup
Sunday August 7
Kent Spitfires v Hampshire (Beckenham) – Royal London Cup
Thursday August 11
Essex Eagles v Kent Spitfires (Chelmsford) – Royal London Cup
Sunday August 14
Kent Spitfires v Northamptonshire Steelbacks (Canterbury) – Royal London Cup
Wednesday August 17
Derbyshire v Kent Spitfires (Derby) – Royal London Cup
Friday August 19
Kent Spitfires v Yorkshire Vikings (Canterbury) – Royal London Cup
Tuesday August 23
Kent Spitfires v Lancashire (Canterbury) – Royal London Cup
Monday September 5
Kent v Essex (Canterbury) – County Championship
Tuesday September 20
Hampshire v Kent (Ageas Bowl) – County Championship
Monday September 26
Kent v Somerset (Canterbury) – County Championship