Tunbridge Wells to fly flag for Kent in European Cricket League

Friday 4th February 2022

Tunbridge Wells to fly flag for Kent in European Cricket League

Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club will be representing both Kent and the whole of England in the 2022 Bet2Ball European Cricket League (ECL), which begins on Monday.

‘Wells’ qualified for the tournament, hosted at Cartama Cricket Oval in Malaga, after they became 2021 ECB National Club T20 champions, defeating Barnard Castle Cricket Club by five wickets in the final of the competition played at the County Ground, Northampton back in September.

The tournament runs in Spain from Monday 7 February until Friday 18 March, with domestic Club T20 champions from around Europe coming together to play for the ECL title.

Tunbridge Wells have been drawn in Group A of the competition, and will be able to call upon Kent all-rounder Marcus O’Riordan to their travelling squad, alongside Bailey Wightman, who featured for Kent in their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Sussex last July.

Catching up with BBC Radio Kent ahead of the start of the tournament, Tunbridge Wells’ David Smith said: “We’re buzzing to get out there and get on with it. We’re all probably going to be a little bit rusty [in February] but we’ve been netting for the past few weeks indoors. Hopefully we can hit the ground running in our first match.”

Mike Waller, a former Kent Pathway Player and U17s Captain, added: “There’s a lot of cricket to get in in this tournament but hopefully we can get through it and get ourselves in the finals.”


GROUP A PREVIEW - BET2BALL EUROPEAN CRICKET LEAGUE - ECL22

Select matches are set to be shown live on FreeSports in the UK, and also via YouTube in select territories, beginning with Wells’ tournament curtain-raiser against Svanholm Cricket Club of Denmark at 07:00 GMT on Monday 7 February.

Other teams in this year’s ECL include VOC Rotterdam, who once had Kent seamer Fred Klaassen in their side, amongst 30 teams in total from countries around Europe.

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