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David Summerfield

We are sorry to have to announce that David Summerfield, a colourful character for many seasons at Kent grounds and well known to all as the 'Cricket Book seller', sadly passed away on Sunday aged 81. Our condolences are offered to his family and especially his son Keith who was ever present with David at Kent cricket over many years. In the current circumstances the funeral will be restricted to close family members.

A full obituary will appear in the Autumn edition of the Kent Cricket Supporters Club magazine.

18/08/2020

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Special Lockdown Edition has now been issued

The Supporters Club Special Lockdown Edition magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Special Lockdown Edition magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

18/08/2020

Story by: Peter Francis

Brian Rudd

Brian Rudd

Where do you start to write about a character like Brian, who was known to almost all Kent Cricket supporters? Perhaps at the beginning would be best. When I spoke to him earlier this year, on his birthday, and enquired how old he was, the response was same as the number of keys on a piano keyboard, a search on Google established he was born in 1932

He began life in Rochester, and other than being evacuated to Worcestershire after the bombing raids started on the local aircraft factory, spent all his life in and around the Medway towns – a very proud Man of Kent. He was educated at the St. Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School where he excelled at sport. His ability to supply the answer, although not always requested, to clues in crosswords being completed by members in the marquees during breaks in play, indicated he must have received a good all round education. His main sporting love was cricket, although he also received his school colours for football and hockey, which he continued playing into his fifties. He was at Canterbury to watch the Australians in 1948, having cycled from Rochester, although disappointed to see Don Bradman fail only scoring 65!

His member No.38 indicated he was one of the very earliest to enrol in the newly formed KCCSC. Elected to the committee in 1987 he became Chairman in 1993, a role which he undertook with enthusiasm, but perhaps did not really enjoy, as he found chairing meetings rather tedious, however becoming Club President in 2010 gave him the greatest pleasure. Being both gregarious and garrulous he found the Presidential duties suited him ideally. His unique ability to work a room was in ideal platform to promote the Supporters Club to the right people and attracted many new members, he was certainly a great ambassador for our Club.

He found the winter months rather depressing missing the company of the cricket community, but found time to enjoy quizzes, when he was usually on the winning team, jazz evenings and spending time at School former pupil meetings.

His sense of humour and love of jazz was very evident by the music he chose to be played at his funeral, April in Paris by Count Basie, which you must listen to the very end – the very end – as per the YouTube 31/7/18 recording, and The Ying Tong Song by the Goons meant everyone departed the service with a smile on their face.

When we are finally permitted to return to watching cricket a well-loved figure will be missing, we send our sincere condolences to his sons Mark and Paul on their sad loss.

26/05/2020

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Summer 2020 Magazine has now been issued

The Supporters Club Summer 2020 Magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Summer 2020 magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

25/05/2020

Story by: Peter Francis

Kent County Cricket Grounds 150 Years of Cricket across the Garden of England

Kent County Cricket Grounds 150 Years of Cricket across the Garden of England

The long awaited book on Kent Cricket Grounds is now at the printers and with a favourable wind (it is printed in India) should be with us by the start of the season.

The book by Howard Milton and Peter Francis is an extensive history of Kent Cricket and covers in detail the 18 Kent grounds used for First Class cricket since the Club’s formation in 1870. It also covers all the grounds used for first team matches from 1806 and Second XI games from 1911. It will be a very important addition to the bibliography of Kent Cricket.

The book is a comprehensive account of cricket across the Garden of England, and comprises 240 pages with some 330 photographs. It has forewords from Sir Tim Laurence President of the County Club for 2020, John Shepherd President of The Kent Cricket Supporters Club, and Christopher Cowdrey President of the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust.

The book has been partly supported by The Supporters Club, along with The Heritage Trust and Kent County Cricket Club and forms part of the Club’s 150 year celebrations. Profits from the sale of the book will be fed back to the supporting organizations.

Priced at £25, but discounted to £20 for Supporters Club Members, it should be available in the Club shop for the start of the season, from Howard and Peter at various events, and then also on line.

A further update will follow in the Summer magazine at the start of the season.

05/03/2020

Story by: Peter Francis

2020 50/50 Draw Results

The Christmas draw for the 50/50 competition was drawn on Friday 13th December, at the Rose and Crown by our President, John Sheppard.

1st prize £169 - Share No. 267 - Mr K J Booth - Sittingbourne
2nd prize £103 - Share No. 89 - Mr D J Paris - Greenhithe
3rd prize £63 - Share No. 210 - Mr R K Todd - Ightham
4th prize £38 - Share No. 251 - Mr P Edgley - Elham
5th prize £21 - Share No. 264 - Mr R V Lewry - Erith
6th prize £17 - Share No. 133 - Mr F Beale - Pevensey

23/12/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Spring 2020 Magazine has now been issued

The Supporters Club Spring 2020 Magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Spring 2020 magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

05/03/2020

Story by: Peter Francis

2019 50/50 Draw Results

The third draw of the year was drawn at Canterbury Stakeholders Day, on 24th September.

1st prize £169 - Share No. 283 - Mr J P Day - Cranbrook
2nd prize £103 - Share No. 448 - Mr G Makin - Sheffield
3rd prize £63 - Share No. 13 - Mr S Cresswell - Tonbridge
4th prize £38 - Share No. 347 - Mr R Bishop - Sutton
5th prize £21 - Share No. 50 - Mr R Easton - Biggin Hill
6th prize £17 - Share No. 316 - Mrs E Foley - Maidstone

23/12/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

County Caps for Podmore and Crawley

Kent duo Harry Podmore and Zak Crawley awarded their County Caps at the awards night. Harry Podmore cap 218 and Zak Crawley cap 219

Kent Cricket broke with tradition by presenting County Caps to fast bowler Harry Podmore and opening batsman Zak Crawley, at the clubs Annual Awards Night at the Spitfire St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, the day after the end of the season. Caps are normally presented to players during Canterbury Cricket Week (bowler Adam Milne was this seasons recipient) so it came as a complete surprise to the two Kent stars when they received their honour.

Podmore became the 218th capped Kent player, which he received from Coach Matt Walker, who praised the former Middlesex bowler for his contribution to the team since joining the club two years ago. He has taken 115 wickets in 46 appearances, 52 in Division One this season, in which he was an ever-present in the championship.

“Harry is a real livewire and has fitted into the culture of what we are trying to achieve perfectly”, said Walker, “ he is a real workhorse and is the heart and soul of the dressing room and a real team player”.

The 219th cap was awarded to Zak Crawley, who has enjoyed a highly successful season, culminating with his selection for the England winter tour of New Zealand. One of the most promising young players in the country Crawley was lauded for his work ethic by skipper Sam Billings, which he said was second to none. A home grown produce of the successful Kent Cricket Academy, Crawley has scored 3047 runs since making his first team debut against Essex in 2017, his highest score in 74 appearances was 168 against Glamorgan last season.

“Fitness wise Zak works harder than anybody I know”, said Billings “He has the advantage of living on the ground and can be found in the nets every day practising”.

The Player of the Year award went to the evergreen Darren Stevens, who will become the Father of the County Championship next season at the age of 43, following the retirement of Somerset opened Marcus Trescothick.

Because of his amazing exploits at the end of the season with ten wickets in the match against Nottinghamshire, and the highest score of his career 237 and 5 for 20 against Yorkshire, and finishing the campaign with 52 wickets, the all-rounder earned himself a new one year deal, after previously being told he would be released at the end of the season.

Having received his cap it was a night to remember for Crawley who clinched the Spitfire One Day Player of the Season Award, the Batsman of the Year and the Players Player of the Year, voted for by his team- mates. Zak finished with 820 runs during the season with a best score of 111.

The Bowler of the Year Award went to Matt Milnes with 55 wickets and a best of 5 for 68, in his first season with the County, following his move from Nottinghamshire. The Fielding Award, for the second season running went to Heino Khun with 23 catches.

All the players in both Men’s and Women’s teams who had made their debuts during the season were presented with framed scorecards of their first appearances and Milestone Awards went to players who had reached their personal career landmarks during the season which were presented by Jonathan Neame from the club’s main sponsors Shepherd and Neame.

The Women’s Awards were presented by Professor Mike Weed, of Canterbury Christ Church University, sponsors of Kent Women’s Cricket. The Women’s Player of the Year award went to batsman Maxine Blythen, who scored 340 runs, whilst Megan Belt was the Players Player of the Year and the Bowler of the Year with 16 wickets. The Batter Award went to Fran Wilson with 335 runs and Tammy Beaumont was the Fielder of the Year with 11 catches.

There was a special award and a standing ovation for the highly popular bowler Mitch Claydon, who is leaving Kent after seven and a half years to join Sussex. Mitch has made a tremendous contribution to Kent cricket both on and off the field during his time at the club and was presented with a framed action photograph of himself. There was a similar award to spinner Adam Riley (who was not present) who left the club during the season after also contributing to the clubs success over a number of seasons.

The Awards Night celebrated a successful 2019 season for Kent Cricket, despite some disappointments on the way. The four day side did brilliantly in their first season back in Division One of the County Championship to finish in fourth place, satisfyingly above local rivals Surrey. The Second X1 won the 50-over Trophy competition, whilst the Women’s team were the County Champions.

Club Coach Matt Walker praised the achievements of all the sides and said the county were looking very much upwards. “It was a learning experience for everybody”, he said “we made mistakes on the way especially in the T20 competition and the 50 over competition results were also frustrating with missed opportunities in both but I am confident we will win silverware in the future and I am proud of what we have achieved and I am sure we will get there”.

Captain Sam Billings, who ended the season with a flourish, scoring three centuries, two of them in the same match against Yorkshire, after missing most of the season after a shoulder operation said they were building a winning culture amongst the players as they looked to build for the future and turn the amazing potential within the squad into winning results and success on the field.

23/12/2019

Story by: Peter Burrowes

2019 50/50 Draw Results

The second draw of the 50/50 competition was drawn at Canterbury on Sunday 18th August 2019, by various members.

1st prize £169 - Share No. 160 - Mr S J Baker - Orpington
2nd prize £103 - Share No. 116 - Mr D Gilbert - Folkstone
3rd prize £63 - Share No. 13 - Mr S Cresswell - Tonbridge
4th prize £38 - Share No. 179 - Mr E Foley - Maidstone
5th prize £21 - Share No. 447 - Mr G A Makin - Sheffield
6th prize £17 - Share No. 55 - Mr C Smith - Hildenborough

23/12/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Autumn 2019 Magazine has now been issued

The Supporters Club Autumn 2019 Magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Autumn 2019 magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

23/12/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Canterbury 2019 Magazine has now been issued

The Supporters Club Canterbury 2019 Magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Canterbury 2019 magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

30/08/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

Silverware for Second Team

Kent's Second XI winning the Second XI 50-over Trophy Competition

Kent Second X1 have enjoyed one day glory this season and brought silverware to the County Cricket Club for the first time for 17 years, by winning the Second X1 50-over Trophy competition, beating a strong Durham side by 16 runs at the County Ground, Beckenham. They were presented with the trophy by the Kent President Chris Swadkin.

Everyone connected with the Second X1 from coach Min Patel, his back-up staff, the other coaches, the medical team, scorer Andy Bateup, down to the players deserve tremendous credit for this spectacular success which was a real team effort all round from the senior players in the side, the non-contract cricketers, Kent Academy scholars, and trialists, who have all played their part.

A thrilling Alex Blake century, following his ton in the semi-final against Yorkshire, was the centre piece of Kent’s innings in the final with the one-day king scoring his 100 off 99 deliveries before being finally out with 110, including fourteen fours and two sixes as they reached 276 all out.

On a perfect Beckenham batting wicket Durham will have fancied their chances of taking the trophy back to the Riverside but some excellent spin bowling from youngster Marcus O Riordan, a former Kent Academy student, who plays for Tunbridge Wells in the Kent League thwarted the visitors victory charge with an excellent spell of 4 for 43 from his 10 overs. Durham were left needing 100 runs off their last ten overs, and credit they got so close finally being all out for 260.

Kent Second X1 last won the Trophy competition in 2002 when they defeated Hampshire at Southampton chasing down a 238 run victory target, skipper James Tredwell, opening the batting, the hero on that occasion with an innings of 111.

On their way to this seasons final Kent started with a 17 run surprise defeat to the MCC Young Cricketers, but then gained a five wicket win over Sussex. In a close encounter with Essex, Kent lost by five runs, but then went on to win their final three matches in the group stage, beating Gloucestershire by eight wickets, Surrey by the same margin and then Middlesex by five wickets.

After a nail-biting wait, whilst other teams completed their fixtures, Kent finally qualified for the semi-finals after the unfinished match between Glamorgan and Essex was abandoned because of the weather. That meant the Welsh county’s one point from the game drew them level with Kent, who went through by virtue of having won more matches, with Durham and Somerset meeting in the other semi.

So off to Scarborough for a tough challenge against a strong Yorkshire side, but Kent, with Alex Blake, in devastating form were worthy winners by six wickets. The Beckenham-born one day specialist produced some spectacular, destructive batting to destroy Yorkshire scoring 129 runs off 76 deliveries, with 12 fours and seven sixes ably assisted by Jordan Cox with 13 fours and one six in a knock of 97, helping Kent chase down a victory target of 295.

Coach Min Patel was full of praise for the performance of the team in both the semi-final and final describing their performances in white ball cricket as outstanding bringing fully deserved success to themselves and the county club.

At the beginning of the season Min said that winning was important but that he saw his role as helping players develop and improve their game so they can challenge for a first team place and become established in the senior side.

It has been a strategy that has been highly successful of recent seasons with Grant Stewart, Zak Crawley and Ollie Robinson all graduating to the higher level and the kid on the block Jordan Cox waiting in the wings for his chance.

In some games the second team do not know what kind of side they can field until the morning of the match because of first team commitments, injuries and non-availability which makes the added bonus of winning the Trophy competition in style a massive and highly satisfying achievement. Well done to everybody involved!

30/08/2019

Story by: Peter Burrowes

2019 50/50 Draw Results

The first draw of the year took place at Tunbridge Wells on 18th June. The Draw was made by various members.

1st prize £169 - Share No. 82 - Mr S R Tasker - Dartford
2nd prize £103 - Share No. 281 - Mr K D Small - Swindon
3rd prize £63 - Share No. 281 - Mr A Broad - Borough Green
4th prize £38 - Share No. 219 - Mr B A Bullivant - Margate
5th prize £21 - Share No. 116 - Mr D Gilbert - Folkestone
6th prize £17 - Share No. 284 - Mr G A Brown - Sidcup

30/08/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Summer 2019 Magazine has now been issued

The Supporters Club Summer 2019 Magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Summer 2019 magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

05/06/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Spring 2019 Magazine for 2019 has now been issued

The Supporters Club Spring 2019 Magazine has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Spring 2019 magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

21/02/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

2019 50/50 Draw Results

The fourth draw of the year took place at the Christmas lunch at Tonbridge on Friday 14th December. Drawn by various members the results were as follows:

1st prize £174 - Share No. 40 - Mr H D Addley - Hastings
2nd prize £104 - Share No. 252 - Mr T Groombridge - Ramsgate
3rd prize £64 - Share No. 8 - Mr R Westram - Coalville
4th prize £39 - Share No. 368 - Mr P Edgley - Ealham
5th prize £21 - Share No. 27 - Mr A D Weaver - Gravesend
6th prize £16.50 - Share No. 283 - Mr J P Day - Frittenden

21/02/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

Supporters Club Christmas Lunch 2018

Kent Cricket Supporters Club Christmas Lunch 2018

Once again an excellent Christmas Lunch was held at The Rose and Crown Tonbridge on Friday 14th December. On looking back through the records it seems that the first lunch at the Rose and Crown was in 2008. With them organised expertly by Vice Chairman Derek Barnard and all going without a hitch, a lot of praise goes to Derek and the Hotel for looking after us so well.

Prior to that, it would appear that the Christmas lunch was held at the Bull Inn at Wrotham. I am not sure why the change, (but perhaps the Chairman living within walking distance of the Rose and Crown) did not go against it!

Be that as it may we have been regally served for the last 11 years and long may it continue. The lunch this year, a week later than normal, was a great success with a record number of 100 guests attending. This clearly was the maximum we could squeeze in, and any more would have been relegated to the courtyard. Fine in summer, but not on the 14th December.

The number tightly packed into the function room certainly creates a good atmosphere, and hands were thrust well down into pockets for the raffle as we took a record amount for club funds.

Matt Walker was guest speaker and he did an excellent job, being as open as he could be, and seemingly prepared to go on answering questions from the members forever. I am not sure why the MC wound things up? (Perhaps his parking ticket was running out!)

Members were pretty kind with their questions, perhaps reflecting the fact that we had been promoted and the jollity of the occasion. I was surprised that no one pressed him on how we are going to cope without Sam Billings (IPL until 15/5) and Joe Denly (IPL until 15/5 and possibly World Cup until 14/7) Not a problem we have faced for the last few years, but in 2019 it could cause us to suffer in the first few Months of the season.

The main problem however causing us greatest concern is that the Rose and Crown is up for sale. With modern media you only have to click on Google or Right Move and there it is.Traditional Coaching Inn Hotel dating back to the 16th Century. 56 En Suite bedrooms, private car park with 34 spaces, Turnover 1.2 million per annum, all fixtures and fittings included. Price £2,999,999.

If anyone has £3 million and can help us out, please let the Treasurer know as I am sure he is keen to buy.

Looking forward to seeing you there next year!

21/02/2019

Story by: Peter Francis

Zak Wins Supporters Club Award

Zak Wins Supporters Club Award

Kent’s talented young batsman 20-year-old Zak Crawley has won the Supporters Club Most Promising Uncapped Player award after an impressive first full season in the senior side. He played in every county championship match for Kent last season as well as making appearances in a handful of Royal London Cup and T20 one day games.

An integral part of the Kent side that gained promotion to the First Division of the Specsavers County Championship Zak scored 755 first class runs, the highlight of his career coming in the final match of the season against Glamorgan, at Canterbury, when he scored his maiden first class century scoring a classy 168. He also scored four half centuries during the season and was twice dismissed in the nineties before reaching the magic ton and finished the campaign with an average of 31.46.

After scoring his century, Zak, who was educated at Tonbridge School and had played for Kent since he was 13-years-old, said “It feels great to get a century. I have been waiting a while for it with a couple of nineties on the way. I was pretty nervous on 99 with some old memories creeping in but it is nice to have reached the milestone.”

When he was on 95 in the innings he sent his bat to club shop manager Barry Dyer to repair and got it back later in the innings and actually reached his century with an old bat he had discarded.

Zak started last season batting down the order but his rich vein of runs came when he moved up to opening the innings where he felt more comfortable playing.

The Supporters Club were hoping to present Zak with his trophy at their Christmas lunch in December but the player will be Down Under honing his batting skills in Australia and playing Grade Cricket for Sydney Cricket Club so hopefully he can receive the award at a later date.

07/12/2018

Story by: Peter Burrowes

2018 50/50 Draw Results

The third draw of the year took place at the Stakeholders day, Canterbury, on Tuesday 18th September. Drawn by various members the results were as follows:

1st prize £174 - Share No. 336 - Mr D E A Laker - Tonbridge
2nd prize £104 - Share No. 32 - Mr A Broad - Borough Green
3rd prize £64 - Share No. 67 - Mr I Tonothy - Croydon
4th prize £39 - Share No. 133 - Mr F Beale - Pevensey
5th prize £21 - Share No. 41 - Mr P A Burton - Ilford
6th prize £16.50 - Share No. 20 - Mr B G D Monk - Lee

07/12/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Autumn Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

The Supporters Club Autumn Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Autumn magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

07/12/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

Kent Cricket’s Remembrance Service

Kent Cricket’s Remembrance Service

The Colin Blythe Memorial at the Spitfire Ground St Lawrence will be the setting for Kent Cricket to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

The newly refurbished Memorial carries the names of Colin Blythe and of all Kent’s first-class cricketers who died in the conflicts of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. A number of corrections and names missing from the original list have now been added to the Memorial.

This short ceremony, to be led by the Bishop of Dover, the Rt. Rev. Trevor Willmott, will be followed by the Dedication of a Book of Remembrance, carrying the names of 31 Kent players who died in the two World Wars. It has been compiled by and donated to the Club, by the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust and will be displayed in a specially built cabinet in the Club offices.

The event will take place on the 8th November, the Anniversary of Colin Blythe’s death. It will commence at 11.30am and will be followed by a lunch in the Chiesman Pavilion at 12.30pm

It is intended that given the proximity to Armistice Day, the 8th November will become the date on which the Club remember the fallen in years to come.

To purchase tickets to the Lunch following the service, please click here.

12/09/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

2018 50/50 Draw Results

The second draw of the 2018 50/50 competition took place at Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 21st June. Drawn by various members the results were as follows:

1st prize £174 - Share No. 121 - Mr K Turner - Bromley
2nd prize £104 - Share No. 400 - Mr K J Moore - London
3rd prize £64 - Share No. 289 - Mr R J Sowerby - Dartmouth
4th prize £39 - Share No. 176 - Mr J A Combes - West Malling
5th prize £21 - Share No. 111 - Ms J A Barton - Ashford
6th prize £16.50 - Share No. 202 - Mr J W Gates - Rochester

12/09/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Canterbury Edition Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

The Supporters Club Canterbury Edition Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Canterbury Edition magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

12/09/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

Commemorative Plaque Unveiled

Commemorative Plaque Unveiled

The Supporters Club commemorative plaque was unveiled during the tea interval at the Spitfire ground on Friday 11th May by John Shepherd President of the Supporters Club and Suzanne Norfolk the artist.

The Plaque shows the 15 grounds used by Kent County Cricket Club since the inception of the County Championship in 1890.

The plaque was erected in memory of Alan Wright, a long standing member of the Supporters Club, who left the club a generous legacy.

The photograph shows the unveiling ceremony with John Shepherd and Suzanne Norfolk.

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

Stakeholders Day 11th May 2018

The Supporters Club held their first Stakeholders Day of the season

The Supporters club held their first Stakeholders day of the season at Canterbury on the Friday of the 4 day Championship match against Sussex. Over 80 Supporters Club members attended a very enjoyable event with an excellent lunch. The weather was fine (a surprise for 2018) and some very interesting cricket played on a sporting surface.

Captured on camera at the tea interval was a quartet of Kent legends tucking into their scones, cream and jam.

Derek Underwood, Jack Foley, John Shepherd, and Bob Wilson. With well over 300 years of cricketing experience between them, anything they may have to say on the ‘ECB’s 100 Balls’ would be well worth listening to!

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Summer Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

The Supporters Club Summer Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

Hot off the press, copies of the Summer magazine should now be with members. Full of the usual range of interesting articles, if members have not received their copy please contact Daphne Farbrace, Membership Secretary.

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

2018 50/50 Draw Results

The first draw of the 2018 50/50 competition was made at the Stakeholders day at Canterbury on the 11th May 2018. Drawn by various members the results were as follows:

1st prize £174 - Share No 18 - Mr D Smith - Whitstable
2nd prize £104 - Share No.215 - Mr B Pullman - Twickenham
3rd prize £64 - Share No. 90 - Mrs A Easterby - Gravesend
4th prize £39 - Share No. 486 - Mr D C Barton - Kings Langley
5th prize £21 - Share No.110 - Mr B C Armstrong - Romney Marsh
6th prize £16.50 - Share No.78 - Mrs S M Barnard - Crowborough

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

Adam Rouse awarded the President’s Trophy by President John Shepherd at the Club’s Christmas Lunch

Adam Rouse awarded the President’s Trophy by President John Shepherd at the Club’s Christmas Lunch

Kent wicket-keeper Adam Rouse won the Kent Cricket Supporters Club Presidents Cup for last season as the Most Promising Uncapped Player and the trophy was presented to him at the club’s annual Christmas lunch at Tonbridge, by Supporters Club President, and Kent County Cricket Committee member, John Shepherd. The award is made annually to the player voted by the Committee as the best uncapped player during the season. The award has been made every year since 1979 and Adam was the 38th recipient.

Rouse gave some excellent performances behind the stumps, and when batting, when he deputized during the season for Sam Billings, away playing in the Indian Premier League, or for England in one day or T20 internationals.

Born in Zimbabwe, Rouse played for Gloucestershire and Hampshire before joining Kent and said he had learnt a lot from Billings, who has been appointed County captain this season.”It was a big season for me and I was able to build a platform for myself and given the freedom to learn more about the game. I was not under too much scrutiny or pressure”.

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

The Supporters Club Spring Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

The Supporters Club Spring Magazine for 2018 has now been issued

The 157th issue of the Supporters Club magazine has just been issued and as usual is full of Interesting articles. As well as the ‘Reflections’ from Chairman Terry Hall and ‘Thoughts’ from Editor Peter Francis, there are interesting articles from Peter Burrowes on the changes at the top of Kent cricket, and the forthcoming fixtures for 2018.

Anthony Matthews has let us have another interesting light hearted look at Kent and cricket from his unique French point of view, and Don Austen has let us have an amusing peek into his ‘sporting life’ such as it was.

Derek Barnard is now up to Part 20 on his series on Kent Wisden Cricketers of the Year with Muttiah Muralitharan, and Martin Wiseman gives us the benefit of his views on what is left of spin bowling in County Cricket and the winter news from the Antipodes.

With John Dixon letting us know all about his collection of Kent Badges and Howard Milton detailing the ‘statistics’ as only he can, it is a read that you cannot afford to miss.

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis

Supporters Club donation helped send Academy Students to India during the half Term holidays

Supporters Club donation helped send Academy Students to India during the half Term holidays

The Supporters Club have over a number of years helped finance some of Kent Cricket Club’s Academy students on coaching trips abroad from the proceeds of the 50-50 club. They have so far contributed £32,500 in all for this purpose, £2000 of it this year for a nine day trip to India.

Five Kent youngsters enjoyed visiting Mumbai where they took part in intensive training and coaching practice and were involved with local youngsters and helped by top class coaches at the Bombay Gymkhana where they had net sessions and also took part in matches in all formats of the game.

The Kent Academy players who benefitted from the Indian experience were wicket-keeper batsman Jordan Cox and Sam Smith, bowler Tom Davis, and all- rounders Isaac Dilks and Julien O’Riordan.

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Burrowes

Supporters Club Plaque in memory of Alan Wright to be unveiled at Canterbury

Supporters Club Plaque in memory of Alan Wright to be unveiled at Canterbury

It has been a long time coming to fruition but hopefully we are nearly at the finish line. As members will know the Committee thought long and hard over the memorial that we should have for Alan Wright who had kindly donated a legacy to the Supporters Club on his passing.

It was decided to commission a local artist Suzanne Norfolk to create a plaque, that would show all the 15 grounds on which Kent had played County cricket since the inception of the County Championship in 1890.

The Plaque was delivered to the St Lawrence ground last summer and will now be erected in time for an official unveiling at the Stakeholders day on the 11th May during the game against Sussex, hopefully during the tea interval.

01/05/2018

Story by: Peter Francis