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From the CEO’s Chair – 11 April

Tuesday 12th April 2011

Just back from Chelmsford and I am delighted that the team got off to a winning start. I spent all four days at the ground and it was great to see everyone work hard to make sure we secured the points. It is only a win, but it is great to get the campaign off to such a promising start. Highlights for me were Sam’s hundred; Darren’s epic spells and his 9 wickets and Robbie blowing away their tail to win the game.

It was good to catch up with familiar faces at Chelmsford, and it was noted that the Kent support was excellent throughout – thank you. We were blessed with marvellous weather and it couldn’t have been a better advert for Championship cricket. It was good to see the media out in force to report it too. Last season coverage of the Championship disappeared from the newspapers, but early signs are good that appropriate space will be given to cricket coverage.

Let’s hope the boys continue their winning ways when they head to Northampton on Thursday. For those going to support best wishes for a successful trip – give the boys every encouragement and bring home the points!

Attention for me now switches back to Canterbury as we get moving on the tidying up phase to ensure we are ready to host the first home fixture of 2011. Just over two weeks until we host Gloucester at the St Lawrence Ground and those coming to the ground for the first time since the end of last season will notice quite a difference.

The AGM took place last Tuesday and went extremely well. I am trying to work out a way of making the audio of the meeting available so that those unable to attend have a chance to hear proceedings. Technology at the moment is getting the better of me, but I will keep trying and post it if I achieve it.

Wisden is published this week – as normal it will be devoured by its loyal following. Slightly odd that publication occurs after the start of the season, but eagerly awaited nonetheless. Word is out that there will only be four cricketers of the year. I am not convinced by this move. The five cricketers is a special feature of Wisden, and whilst the spot fix issue was a big issue the five cricketers should be about celebrating all that is good in the game.

Finally, don’t forget the Players’ Open Day on Monday 25 April. I have seen the wonderful A1 posters we are giving away and can confirm that no self-respecting Kent fan would want to miss out on getting one. It promises to be a great afternoon – make sure you are part of the fun. More details are available elsewhere on the website.