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Kent Cricket will host West Indies in a three-day Tour game at Canterbury in August with South Africa A visiting in June

By Alex Hoad

Kent will again face international opposition next summer after it was revealed the West Indies will play a tourist match at Canterbury.

The tourists will face Kent in a three-day match at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence from Sunday, August 6 until Tuesday, August 8, with the club keen to make it part of the 166th Canterbury Cricket Week.

Brian Lara cuts a James Tredwell delivery on the West Indies visit to Beckenham in June 2004. Picture: Ady Kerry.
Brian Lara cuts a James Tredwell delivery on the West Indies visit to Beckenham in June 2004. Picture: Ady Kerry.

It is not just the Windies who will be heading to the city however, England Lions will again be in action in Canterbury when they host South Africa A in a four-day A Test at Canterbury from June 21-24.

Kent Cricket Chief executive Jamie Clifford said: “We’re delighted to welcome the West Indies to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence next summer.

“We have a proud history of Caribbean cricketers at the club including John Shepherd, Bernard Julien, Eldine Baptiste and Carl Hooper so to welcome the exciting West Indies to Canterbury will be a great occasion for our supporters.”

Tickets will go on sale early next year but fans can ensure seats now by buying a membership or ticket package at www.kentcricketshop.co.uk

Mr Clifford added: “Memberships and ticket packages are already selling well on the back of an encouraging season and we hope to see lots of new and old faces for a fantastic occasion.”

The full county fixture list for 2017 will be announced later this year with the Royal London One-Day Cup held early in the season with the final at Lord’s on July 1 and the entire NatWest T20 Blast campaign taking place in July and August.

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