Kent’s LGBTQ+ Team win T10 Festival in first tournament appearance

Monday 10th June 2024

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Kent’s LGBTQ+ Team win T10 Festival in first tournament appearance

Kent’s newly-formed LGBTQ+ team made their first LGBTQ+ T10 Festival appearance this past Sunday at Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club in the Midlands, winning the six-team tournament in their first festival foray.

The second annual LGBTQ+ T10 Festival , created through a collaboration between Out4Cricket, Warwickshire Cricket Foundation and Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club, welcomed 6 counties to the tournament. Kent entered for the first time, and competed with Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Middlesex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.

The team only recently came together with allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community managing a few practices in the Ames Levett Indoor Sports Centre at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence. Coached and led by the Team Captain Tom Waters, they won all three games.

Kent’s first game, against Worcestershire, started explosively with Jack and Tom’s partnership reaching a scoring rate of more than 10 an over. Kent sealed victory with over 18 balls to spare. Their second game, against Warwickshire (represented by Birmingham Unicorns), saw Matt and Iain take their first wickets. Solid batting by Marcus and Jack to a high total of 122. The final, against Gloucestershire, saw Will’s excellent batting backed up with formidable fielding and bowling by the entire team.

“The team displayed incredible exuberance, great unity and a real team spirit,” said team captain Tom. “ We looked like a team that had been playing together for ages. We made great memories today, including Ethan’s incredible sliding catch, Wills’ ballistic batting in the final and of course Jack winning Player of the Tournament. There’s no ground big enough for Jack! We look forward to participating in more tournaments and encourage more LGBTQ+ members from across Kent to get in touch if they want to be part of our team.”

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have often felt excluded from sport because of inappropriate language or experiences whilst playing or attending sporting events. Kent Cricket is committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of who they are, where they’re from, or who they love, feels welcome and accepted.

Susan Rooney, Kent Cricket’s EDI Advisor, said: “We want to acknowledge Out4Cricket as Lachlan and Leo have been instrumental in helping Kent develop our LGBTQ team and our LGBTQ inclusion strategy. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to ensure that Cricket really does become the most inclusive sport”.

Lachlan Smith, co-director of Out4Cricket, said: “It was great to have Kent at the tournament this year as we continue to expand the number of counties who are engaged in LGBTQ+ inclusion work. Our work in the game and with the community has shown there is an appetite to play and be involved in cricket and having an event like this gives people a chance to play in a supportive environment” said Lachlan Smith, co-director of Out4Cricket.


If you’re interested in joining Kent’s LGBTQ+ team, participating in future LGBTQ+ inclusive cricket taster sessions, or becoming part of an LGBTQ+ Kent Supporters Club, please contact Susan.Rooney@kentcricket.co.uk or equality@kentcricket.co.uk.


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