Match Preview: Kent vs. Nottinghamshire

Match Preview: Kent vs. Nottinghamshire

Kent Cricket return to The Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells for their annual fixture as part of the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival, sponsored by Charles Stanley’s Tunbridge Wells branch.

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Set in a residential area of the town, the ground is lauded for its attractive setting, with its Pavilion that was built in 1914 and its famous rhododendrons which circle most of the 4 ½ acre playing area.

In a Festival that has been running since 1902, the annual fixture is warmly welcomed by Kent supporters in the West of the county and has produced some outstanding matches over the years.

In 2018, Tunbridge Wells saw wickets tumble as Kent secured an inspired win on the last day despite the best efforts of former England Test batsmen Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, the latter now a coach for Kent, for Warwickshire in Specsavers County Championship Division Two.

Now in Division One, Kent will welcome Nottinghamshire in what is now a must-win game for both sides as both look to secure Division One status again for 2020.

Nottinghamshire, who boast players such as England stalwart Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, Ben Duckett and experienced all-rounder Samit Patel, will make the journey to West Kent in what is a highly anticipated fixture by both sets of supporters and Tunbridge Wells locals alike.

New loan signing Ollie Rayner is included in the squad and if selected to play, will be the 900th player to play for a side representing Kent since 1806.

Wiaan Mulder is also included after a foot injury kept him out of Kent’s last game against Somerset.

Sam Billings (shoulder), Calum Haggett (elbow) and Ivan Thomas (knee) are all still sidelined and are in the rehabilitation phases from their respective injuries.

Kent squad in full

Heino Kuhn (Captain)

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Mitchell Claydon

Zak Crawley

Joe Denly

Sean Dickson

Matt Milnes

Wiaan Mulder

Harry Podmore

Ollie Rayner

Ollie Robinson

Grant Stewart

Darren Stevens

Things you need to know

Live streaming

  • All Specsavers County Championship matches at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence in Canterbury that are NOT televised will be live streamed
  • Unfortunately, this fixture will be NOT live streamed due to limited infrastructure at The Nevill Ground.

Getting here

  • Tunbridge Wells enjoys good travel links with London and the rest of Kent.
  • Tunbridge Wells rail station is 0.9 miles away from The Nevill Ground
  • Full travel information can be found here


  • Parking at The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells costs £10 on the gate (free for life members & parking pass holders)


  • We recommend that you pre-buy your tickets before gates open at 10am to enjoy £5 off the gate price (first three days only)
  • Tickets will be available on the gate for £20
  • Day Four tickets will be available for £10 in advance or on the gate.


  • Pizzas will be available along with Cee Cee Street food for burgers etc. on Day One & Two.
  • Racelette Melt will be present at Day One & Two.
  • There will be breakfast and lunch menus served by all, along with teas and coffees and soft drinks.
  • Spectators are allowed to bring in their own food and drink – four cans of beer OR a bottle of wine are allowed per person
  • Re-admittance into the ground with alcohol is not permitted

Wet Weather Policy

  • Sadly cricket matches are sometimes adversely affected by rain and play can be stopped
  • On all occasions we aim to be totally fair and transparent with ticket purchasers and so the following offer is in line with our stated policy
  • View the club’s Wet Weather Policy here

England Lions will face a touring Australian Test warm-up side at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence in July as the visitors gear up for the 2019 Specsavers Ashes Series against England

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