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Match Preview: Kent vs. Lancashire

Kent take on Lancashire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in the 172nd Canterbury Cricket Week, in partnership with MHA.

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A lot of work across all areas of the Club is going into Canterbury Cricket Week to ensure that it’s a celebration of cricket in Kent across all levels, and we hope that our Festival Week will be an occasion that our Members and supporters are rightly proud of.

Kent Spitfires’ Vitality Blast match against Essex, and Kent’s Vitality County Championship match against Lancashire, form 2024’s edition of the oldest surviving cricket festival in the world.

Matchday Information

Important matchday information for Members, Six Pack Ticket Bundle holders & those that have purchased matchday tickets can be accessed via the button below:

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We strongly advise that all Members & spectators travelling to the ground make use of public transport.

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is located approximately a mile from the historic Cathedral City Centre of Canterbury.

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Sunday 23 June sees the beginning of the red-ball leg of Canterbury Cricket Week:

  • Day One (Sunday 23 June)

The Invicta Jazz Orchestra, who have entertained audiences for over 20 years, will be playing before the start of play and during the lunch interval at The Spitfire Ground.

There will be facepainting available between 12pm & 2pm by Floodlight Four. There will also be cricket activities for juniors will be taking place all day with the Kent Cricket Community Team.

Free NHS Health Checks will also be available to all throughout the day on the Southern Bank.

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  • Day Two (Monday 24 June) – Schools’ Day Out

Over 1,650 schoolchildren from across the county will be given a free taste of County Championship cricket at our annual Schools’ Day Out.

Cricket activities for juniors will be taking place all day with the Kent Cricket Community Team.

A Tea Time Talk for Kent & Lancashire Members will take place during the Tea break in the Chiesman Pavilion, about the history of Kent v Lancashire, and of course the match between the two sides in 1906 which became one of the most iconic paintings in our sport.

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  • Day Three (Tuesday 25 June)

The ‘Useless Pluckers’, a collection of musicians who play an entertaining mix of musical numbers and styles, will be playing throughout the day.

A Members’ Forum will take place inside the Ames Levett Indoor Sports Centre during the Lunch break. Simon Cook, Director of Cricket and Simon Storey, CEO will be there to take questions from Kent Cricket Members.

A Wreath laying, in honour of the Kent cricketers that have perished in war, will take place with the Kent Cricket Supporters’ Club and the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment during the Tea interval.

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Frank Woolley Stand SOLD OUT for Friday Finale!

Tickets for Kent Spitfires vs. Surrey, the oldest rivalry in world cricket, are selling fast!

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Weather forecast

  • Buy your tickets with confidence – should there be less than 16 overs bowled in the day, ticket purchasers for that day’s play will receive an automatic ticket credit to their Kent Cricket Ticketing Account.
  • Follow Kent Cricket on X to receive live updates on prospects of play should there be any delays.

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It’s not too late to become a Kent Member for this Summer – be a part of the Kent Cricket family and guarantee your place at Kent’s home matches this season, even if tickets are sold out:

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The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence Ground Tours

This season, comprehensive tours of all of The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will take place – revealing the history and mystery of the place that Kent Cricket has called home for around 180 years.

Led by experienced & knowledgeable guides, you will visit parts that other spectators cannot always reach, and learn about the people, events & trees that have made our home so famous & well-loved.

Tours begin at 13:00 on matchdays, and at 11:00 on non-match days, costing £5 for adults & FREE for Under 14s accompanied by an adult. Each tour will last around 60 – 90 minutes.

Tickets are available to buy at the Box Office at the Kennedy Gates on matchdays.

For more information, please contact the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust:

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Live Match Centre

Kent vs. Lancashire will be live streamed via the Club’s official YouTube channel for free & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

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Opposition Report

  • Captain: Keaton Jennings  
  • Head Coach: Dale Benkenstein  
  • 2023 finish: Fifth (Division One)
  • 2023 highest run-scorer: Josh Bohannon (1,257)  
  • 2023 highest wicket-taker: Tom Bailey (50)

Dale Benkenstein has replaced Glen Chapple as head coach, the ex-South Africa batter moving from Gloucestershire. The Red Rose have pulled off the winter’s eye-catching overseas signing, bringing in Australian off-spin legend Nathan Lyon, initially for a full season before Cricket Australia recently revised his availability to seven matches during the first half of the summer. New Zealand batter Tom Bruce also arrives at Emirates Old Trafford for a full Summer.

Lancashire finished second in all three competitions in 2022, so a fifth-placed finish in last season’s Championship stung. They struggled to get results on flat pitches at Emirates Old Trafford, hence the marquee signing of Lyon. But, after his recent 22-wicket return in the India v England Test series, a lot of focus will be on left-arm spinner Tom Hartley.

Pick up a programme!

Commemorative printed Canterbury Cricket Week Programmes will be available at the Kent Cricket Shop, priced at £3.50 or £2.50 if purchasing a scorecard.

Hear exclusively from Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Dave Fulton and Charlie Stobo, learn about the history of Kent vs. Lancashire, and look back at 25 years of the Kent Spitfires in your 172nd Canterbury Cricket Week programme!

Team News

Kent Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a squad of 13 for the 172nd Canterbury Cricket Week, led by Club Captain Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Australian seamer Charlie Stobo is included in a Kent first-class squad for the first time, joined by South African fast-bowling all-rounder, Beyers Swanepoel.

Jaydn Denly, who is averaging 63.00 with the bat and 22.00 with the ball in the Second XI Championship this year, is included, and left-hander Ben Compton returns to a Kent squad following the end of the first block of Vitality Blast matches.

Harry Finch is set to resume his role with the gloves for Kent in first-class competition, with 14 catches and three stumpings in seven Championship matches so far.

Grant Stewart returns after a minor ankle injury forced him out of the Spitfires’ Vitality Blast match with Essex on Friday, with seamer George Garrett also included. Tawanda Muyeye also returns to Kent’s Championship side.

Zak Crawley has been recalled by England ahead of the beginning of their Test Series with West Indies in a couple of weeks, and Nathan Gilchrist has been rested after featuring in Kent’s last few T20 matches.

Wes Agar has flown home to Australia for treatment on a shoulder injury, but has signed-up for Kent’s 2025 season start.

Jack Leaning (hand), Michael Cohen (back), Joe Denly (knee), Fred Klaassen (back) & Matt Quinn (back) all remain out with their respective injuries.

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Kent’s squad to face Lancashire: Daniel Bell-Drummond (Captain), Ben Compton, Jaydn Denly, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, George Garrett, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart, Charlie Stobo (Overseas player), Beyers Swanepoel (Overseas player)

An unmissable evening of cricket is coming to Canterbury this Summer, and tickets are selling fast to see England’s heroes take on the White Ferns of New Zealand in Canterbury, just an hour’s journey from the capital.

It is only the second time that Canterbury has hosted a Women’s International T20 match in its long history, and will be another boost for the continued growth of women’s cricket in Kent.

The Frank Woolley Stand has now SOLD OUT – don’t miss out on saving money & being there to witness England in T20 action:

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England Women vs. New Zealand at The Spitfire Ground in July is not included in 2024 Memberships or Six Pack ticket bundles. Members, Six Pack & Six Pack Plus holders should purchase tickets from the Club website.

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