Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells to provide online commentary during Festival Week

Tuesday 21st May 2013

Patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital will once again be able to enjoy ball-by-ball coverage of the four day County Championship match between Kent and Leicestershire as part of the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival, thanks to the volunteers at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, from May 29th to June 1st.

The coverage will also be made available to cricket fans online who are unable to get along to the Nevill Ground to watch the action in person via the charity’s website at www.hrtw.org.ukand clicking on the listen live button.

The station’s commentary team of Chris Woodward, Chris Reed and Joe Mendell will be based in the Pavilion to provide the ball-by-ball commentary, whilst Chris Manser and Tim Godsalve will be based in the Hospital Radio studio to provide regular updates on the scores from other games around the country and all the other sports news available during the lunch and tea breaks.

Chris Woodward who co-ordinates the coverage for Hospital Radio commented "we are delighted to be able to provide commentary on the 4 day match again this year, our thanks to Kent County Cricket Club for allowing us to attend".

The Hospital Radio team have been providing ball-by-ball commentary on matches from the Nevill Ground for the last 7 years. Although, coverage of the event originally started back in the mid-1970’s when volunteers from the charity radio station used to have their own cricket commentary tower constructed at the ground and had to do the commentary by telephone.

Station Manager Chris Manser said, “despite the fact that the BBC have now followed our lead and started to provide online coverage of the matches in Tunbridge Wells, we still feel it’s important for us to provide our ball-by-ball commentary for the patients who cannot hear the BBC coverage. Cricket fans around the world can also get to enjoy the match online. In the past couple of years we have had some very positive feedback on the quality of our commentary”.

Listen live to the cricket commentary at www.hrtw.org.uk and click the Listen Live button.