An unbeaten Kent side will hope to dodge the April showers and continue their impressive start to the season when they welcome Yorkshire to the St Lawrence Ground on Thursday 26th April.
The two sides have already met this season in the LV= County Championship, when rain ensured Yorkshire were able to hold out for a draw at Headingley in the first round of fixtures, after Kent had dominated proceedings – click here for the Match Report.
The Kent squad for this match is largely unchanged, with the addition of Sam Northeast and Daniel Bell-Drummond bringing the squad number to thirteen. Sam Northeast has been captaining the Kent Second Team, and Daniel Bell-Drummond recently returned from the England U19s Quadrangular Series in Australia. Click here to read more about Daniel Bell-Drummond's experiences in Australia and his hopes for the 2012 season.
Jimmy Adams commented ahead of the match; "We’ve met all the challenges well as a unit. From what I’ve seen, I think we have the ability and more importantly, we have the right attitude. That will help us go a long way as there will be things we haven’t catered for coming up and that character plugs gaps better than whether you have ability or not. The early signs are good and I’m backing the players to continue in the same vein, stay positive and at the same time stay focused.”
* Update 26/04/12: Captain Rob Key will not play in this match due to an ankle injury. Sam Northeast takes his place in the team, Geraint Jones captains Kent in this match – updated squad below. *
The full squad to face Yorkshire at the St Lawrence Ground will be:
Geraint Jones (c)
Match Reports will be available on the Kent Cricket website each evening.
* The Simon Langton Girls' School Car Park will be closed on Thursday 26th April – details below *
Tickets for this match are available both online (click here) and at the gate. If you purchase tickets online before 9am on each of the day's play, they will be cheaper than those purchased at the gate. Please see ticket prices below.
Adults: £10 in advance, £15 on the gate (Ground Only)
£15 in advance, £20 on the gate (Frank Woolley Stand)
Juniors (U 16): £5 in advance, £8 on the gate
Tickets can also be purchased from the Kent Cricket Shop.
Kent Cricket Retail Shop:
The Kent Cricket Shop will be open from 9am and has the new range of training kit available to purchase. There will also be a few bargains to be had within the Sale section.
The 2012 Kent Cricket Annual is now in stock for you to buy, priced £10 for non-members. Members please go to the Kent Cricket Shop to collect your Annual (you may be guided to the Meeting Room in the Cowdrey Conference Centre to pick this up).
** Parking update 25/04/12 – Simon Langton Girls' School Car Park will be closed on Thursday 26th April, and possibly for the duration of this match due to heavy rain. Please make your way to the Nackington Road entrance to the St Lawrence Ground on Thursday, where we will honour Simon Langton Car Park prices and entry conditions. As many cars as possible will be parked on site, with the New Dover Road Park and Ride an alternative option. **
Standard car parking arrangements usually in place at the St Lawrence Ground:
One off parking in the Simon Langton Girls' School Car Park is £8
St Lawrence car park pass holders may park on site at the St Lawrence Ground at no additional cost.
Life Members can park at the St Lawrence free of charge, but space is not guaranteed.
Some additional parking will be available on site on a first come first served basis priced at £15.
Anyone with a season long parking pass for Simon Langton Girls School may park at the St Lawrence Ground at a reduced cost of £7 subject to available space.
All cars entering the St Lawrence Ground must do so from the Nackington Road entrance due to on-going construction work on the administration building and for the safety of customers using the Sainsbury’s convenience store.
Food and Beverage:
The Cornwallis Room, located in the Cowdrey Conference Centre is open to both members and non-members, serving a range of food and drink from 9am. The Carvery will be served from 12pm, which is available on a first come first serve basis.
Jonesy's Kitchen, located on the ground floor of the Les Ames Boxes is also open from 9am, serving a range of hot and cold snacks throughout the day and hot meals during the lunch interval. To book a table please telehone Carol on 07887 974304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Club Forum takes place at close of play on Day Two of each home LV= County Championship match. This season Club Forums will take place in the Cornwallis Room at the St Lawrence Ground. This week’s Forum will be led by Graham Johnson and Jimmy Adams.
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