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Kent Cricket signs Canterbury Christ Church University partnership

Saturday 14th March 2015

Women

Pictured left to right): Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran,Kent women's team manager Lin Martin,Sport Scholar and Kent player Jenni Jackson,Kent Cricket CEO Jamie Clifford andcaptain Charlotte Edwards

Kent and England captain Charlotte Edwards was in Canterbury on Friday to see Canterbury Christ Church University sign as sponsor of the Kent Cricket Women’s team for a further three years.

The University will become the Major Sponsor for the Royal London County Champions who will play in a coloured kit for the first time in 2015.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to sign this partnership agreement which will continue our association with Kent Women’s cricket, and demonstrate our dedication to supporting women’s sport.

“The team not only had a successful season last year, becoming County Champions, but three of their players went on to represent England during the recent Test series in New Zealand.”

Charlotte Edwards is an Honorary Fellow at the University and reached the honour of captaining her country for the 200th time during the New Zealand tour.

The most successful England captain of all time said: “This is a ground-breaking partnership. I am not aware of a long-term sponsorship partnership of a county on this scale. The University’s support gives us a great opportunity to really grow cricket in Kent.”

Charlotte was joined at the signing by Kent team-mate and Canterbury Christ Church University Sport Scholar Jenni Jackson, from West Malling.

Several Kent stars could feature for England in the Ashes this summer which features the Women’s Kia Test Match in Canterbury on August 11-14.

Kent Women open their defence of their Royal London County Championship title on 3 and 4 May at the County Ground Beckenham and The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on 24 and 25 May.

Entry costs £5 for adults and free for under 16s and Kent Cricket Members.

Kent Women’s County Champions have won six times in nine years, holding the joint record for titles with Sussex – triumphing in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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Australia take on England in the Ashes at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrencein the only Women's Kia Test Match as part of an extended Canterbury Week this summer.

Entry to the Women’s Ashes Kia Test on August 11-14 and Kent v Australia men on June 25-28 is included in Kent All Rounder and Championship Plus Memberships and is an option for Six Pack package holders.

Members can also buy up to six guest tickets before the fixture goes on general sale in March 2015.

Click here to secure your 2015 Membership