Kent 70+ to face Australia 70+ at The Spitfire Ground

Wednesday 19th July 2023


Tour Match

Kent 70+ to face Australia 70+ at The Spitfire Ground

Following the defeat of the Kent 60+ side at the hands of the Aussie 60+ Test XI at Gravesend, it is now the turn of Kent 70+ side to even the honours.

Sunday 30 July will see Kent’s 70+ team take on the Australian 70+ XI at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury.

Like their younger 60+ counterparts, the game is part of the Aussies’ warm up programme ahead of three Senior ODI matches against the England 70+ Test team at various venues around the country in August.

Known as the “Silver Ashes” Australia hope to reverse the Ashes defeat they suffered when England, under the Captaincy of Kent’s Chris Swadkin, toured in February this year.

The game recognises the success of the Kent side who were last season’s winners of the National 70+ County Cricket Championship, and their side will include current and past England seniors’ players.

Kent Captain, Keith Millen, said: “Like me, the Kent and Australian players are over the moon that Kent Cricket offered to host this game and hopefully both sides will measure up to the occasion.

“Kent Seniors players, umpires and scorers are representatives of  well over 100 cricket clubs from around the county,  many of whom have been, or are, the bedrock of club cricket in Kent.”

One player in the Kent line-up who will particularly relish his game at The Spitfire Ground is Derek Moore. His daughter Kalea plays for Kent Women, South East Stars and Southern Brave and his son, Duncan, is a Kent Academy scholar.

Commenting on 60+ and 70+ cricket, Chris Swadkin, Chairman of The National County 60+/70+ Championship, past President of KCCC in 2019 & a member of both the Kent and England seniors squads, said: “Obviously, club cricket can’t always accommodate older players who want to continue playing competitive cricket, so this is why  the ‘Championship’ continues to grow year on year, both at home and internationally.

“You don’t stop playing cricket when you get old, you get old when you stop playing!”

The match starts at 13:00 and supporters are welcome.

By David Piper

The Spitfire Ground’s gates will open at 11:00, with entry via the Kennedy Gates free & limited on-site parking available. Oriole at Lime Tree Café & a bar inside the Chiesman Pavilion will be open for refreshments.

The One-Day Cup returns in the school Summer Holidays!

The Kent Spitfires will defend their title at home matches both in Canterbury & Beckenham:

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