Kent Cricket Week

Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival 2018
Come and support Kent at The Nevill.

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full details to be published here in due course

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TWCC and the future of Kent Cricket Week
 – statement from TWCC

You may have read in the media recently that Kent Cricket Week at The Nevill was under serious threat of not taking place at the end of last month, due to the poor condition of the cricket playing surface as a result of under preparation.

The ground is owned by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) and the pitches are prepared by its contractor Sodexo. TWCC owns the outdoor nets facility.

Although the Kent versus Sussex game eventually took place, there remains a big question-mark over whether Kent will return next year. Much depends on TWBC and Sodexo addressing the shortcomings of this year and guaranteeing no repetition.

The loss of Kent’s visit to the Town would have a knock-on effect to the provision of our own TWCC cricket.

Why does this matter you may ask.

Your cricket club, contrary to ill-informed opinion, makes no money from Kent week save for increases in bar sales in the pavilion and in our marquee; indeed, we operate the latter at significant hire cost. In any event, we are a strong supporter of Kent week because we believe that it is:

  • aspirational for the Town’s youngsters who at first hand can watch international and other high quality players at the pinnacle of our great game
  • beneficial for the Town’s commercial businesses, particularly entertainment locations
  • a significant contributor to the uniqueness of the Town which holds one of the only ‘typically English sporting festivals’ in the Country
  • able to generate a real feel good factor particularly with 5000 spectators present at a T20 match on a summer’s day or evening

We are aware, as all citizens of the Town are, that council budgets are ever tighter, but we are looking for a positive outcome and for TWBC to engage with us, local businesses, Kent County Cricket and the England & Wales Cricket Board, to find new solutions to preserve what is part of our local heritage and makes us proud to be part of this great Town.

Mark Williams

Chairman, Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club 

Every year Kent Cricket looks for volunteers of all ages to help make the Festival a great success, selling match programmes, scorecards and helping with promotions on the day. Click here to find out more from Thomas Brown.

Box office: http://www.kentcricket.co.uk/ticketing-shop/tickets or 01227 456886,
Entry is possible on a match day at the gate, if tickets are still available.
Pre-buy is valid up to 9pm the evening before the match day.

TWCC members, do make sure you and your friends take a glass or two in our Club marquee!