With over 300 community cricket clubs based in Kent, the county saw intra-club, T20 and 15-over matches played under strict ECB guidelines this past weekend.
Kent Cricket highlighted two matches in particular, Minster CC (Ramsgate) vs. Nelson CC from East Kent and Snodland Community CC vs. Knockers CC in West Kent, to showcase the reach of the game across the Garden of England.
There were many other matches taking place across Kent, as the recreational game came together to resume cricket in the county that has the biggest claim to inventing the sport itself.
Kent Cricket’s Director of Community Cricket, Andy Griffiths, said: “It was wonderful to see so many clubs back playing, adhering to ECB guidelines at the weekend.
“Everyone involved in recreational cricket in Kent has worked so hard in such a short space of time to secure a return to cricket in a safe environment.
“As a game, we are fortunate to be the first international team sport back, in spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and now the first recreational team sport to take the field.
“Cricket is more than just getting a result. It’s being with your friends and having that time to catch up and exchange in plenty of banter – all very healthy for the mind.”
Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said: “Club cricket is the lifeblood of county cricket and it’s great to see it return to Kent after this difficult period.
“It’s especially pleasing to see junior cricket back up and running again, as these young girls and boys are the future of Kent Cricket.”