Australian 60+ Test team to play Kent Over 60s at Gravesend

Tuesday 4th July 2023


Tour Match

Australian 60+ Test team to play Kent Over 60s at Gravesend

Friday, 7 July will witness the Australian 60+ Touring Team play Kent’s Over 60s side at Gravesend Cricket Club’s Bat and Ball Ground, Wrotham Road, DA11 OQP.

The game is part of the Aussie’s warm up programme ahead of five ODI games against the England 60+ Test team at various venues around the Country. Known as the “Grey Ashes”, Australia will hope to reverse the ashes defeat they suffered when England toured in 2021 and their loss to England in the Carib Cup in Barbados in January this year.

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The game recognises the success of the Kent side who were winners of the National 60+ County Cricket Championship in 2021 and Semi Finalists in 2022. Chis Tarrant, Captain of Kent, said “ we will be fielding five players who have represented the England team in tours to Australia and the Caribbean, so they, and the rest of the team, will be keen to put on a “ Stellar  performance.”

The match starts at 1.00pm with entry to the ground from 12 noon. It is anticipated that  there will be a considerable number of spectators/supporters at the game and Gravesend CC Joint Chairman, Tim Hance commented that “the Club looks forward to making it a memorable day for the Australian and Kent teams and supporters”.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day and entrance is free.

Limited Blue Badge parking will be available, with the nearest public parking being  available a few minutes away at Parrock Street, DA12 1HF.

Tim Hance added that “it is fitting that The Bat and Ball Gravesend has been honoured with hosting this game, since it is one of the curiosities of cricket that the first cricket team to tour England was the Australian Aboriginal side of 1868. They landed in Gravesend, stayed at the Bat & Ball Inn and played a game against The Gentlemen of Kent on 2nd June 1868”.

The Bat and Ball Ground was a regular first-class cricket venue used between 1849 and 1971 when the touring Pakistan team became the last first-class team to play Kent on the ground. The  Veteran Cricketers Australia 60+ Vs Kent 60+ match will add to this rich history of the Club and ground.

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