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Kent Cricket Open Day enjoyed by all

Monday 25th April 2011

The inaugural Kent County Cricket Club, Players Open Day basked in the sunshine of a beautiful Easter Monday, drawing well over twelve hundred people to St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. The event was timed just before the County Club’s first home match in the LV= County Championship, Tuesday 26 April against Gloucestershire, and leading up to the opening CB40 match against Worcestershire next Sunday afternoon. Children and adults participated in a wide array of activities including: fielding and catching drills, 20 yard sprints and bowling and batting games with some of the Kent Players. The afternoon ended with some tradition fete races – egg and spoon and sack.

Commenting on the afternoon Kent Cricket Captain Rob Key stated that, ‘this was a great launch for our home season. The guys really enjoyed mixing with all the kids and their mums and dads. I thought Jonsey (Kent wicketkeeper Geraint Jones) was a bit unlucky in the sack race but I suppose he has a year to practice for the next competition.’

The Players Open Day also marked the launch of the Club’s new team poster and mascot Victa. For those not able to attend posters can be collected from the Club Shop or at selected branches of Nando’s around the County. Nando’s were also present at the day, giving away samples of their famous Peri Peri Chicken. Kent Cricket’s official Charity, Demelza, were taking donations, with the day ending with their auctioning of a nine stone, chocolate egg. Kent quicky, Matt Coles, was the successful bidder with him promising to share his spoils with other members of the squad.

In keeping with the family theme the Club was also promoting it’s ‘Kids for £1.00’ ticket price for next Sunday’s CB40 match. Tickets available on line atwww.kentcricket.co.uk, at the Club Shop or on the ticket phone line – 01227 456 886 opt 1.

For more photos of the Players' Open Day click here.