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More than 10,000 supporters enjoy Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival

Thursday 23rd July 2015

Men’s First Team

The sun shone on the Nevill Ground as the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival attracted more than 10,000 spectators to four days of cricket.

Kent Spitfires topped the NatWest T20 Blast South Group despite a thrilling one-defeat to Glamorgan in front of a capacity crowd on Friday before securing a thumping maximum-points win against neighbours Essex in the LV= County Championship on Tuesday.

Essex Eagles return to Tunbridge Wells on Sunday for the opening 50-over match of the season in Royal London One-Day Cup, the final fixture of the 103rd Festival.

Kent lead Essex 3-2 in the battle for the Mike Denness Challenge Shield contested, between the two counties in memory of the former Kent and Essex batsman with Sunday’s match deciding the destiny of this year’s trophy.

The 103rd Festival’s move from May to July with the addition two limited-overs matches has proved a success with good weather and entertaining cricket rewarding the investment of sponsors and supporters to keep the Festival alive.

Kent Cricket CEO Jamie Clifford said: “Thanks to Freddie Cook of GS Consultants for funding the Lord’s Taverners Stand and Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club for being such welcoming hosts.

“The Festival could not continue without the support of sponsor Godfreys and partners La Belle Femme, Kent & Sussex Courier, KMFM and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

“Finally, a thank-you to our Members and Supporters for coming along and hope they enjoyed some excellent performances.”

Advance tickets for the final festival match on Sunday 26 July at 10.30am are available from priced £15 for adults and £5 for under 16s, tickets available on the gate.