Kent switch match dates to avoid England football


Next summer’s European Football Championships, co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine, have caused Kent to alter the dates of two of their Friends Life t20 fixtures for 2012.

Rather than go head-to-head with the obvious draw of Fabio Capello’s England team, the Spitfires have opted to revise their fixture schedule and move one home game and another on the road.

The football has impacted Kent’s home match against Hampshire Royals on Friday June 15, and the away fixture against Essex Eagles initially planned for Tuesday June 19. Both games clashed with England fixtures against Sweden and the Ukraine, respectively, in the group stages of the competition. 

Kent will now welcome Hampshire to Canterbury on Sunday June 24 for a 3pm start, and will travel to play Essex in Chelmsford under lights on Wednesday June 20, starting at 7pm.

Kent’s chief executive officer Jamie Clifford said: “This seems a very sensible way to approach these fixtures.

“We have in previous years seen the impact of hosting games at the same time as England football. This gives us the best possible chance to maximise the crowd for the Hampshire fixture.

“I am grateful to ECB and Hampshire for approaching the change of date with such an open mind.”

Essex, meanwhile, have announced that their match at the Kia Oval against Surrey in the FLt20 is also the subject of a change from the original itinerary. It will now be played on Wednesday June 13 instead of Friday June 15.

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One Response to Kent switch match dates to avoid England football

  1. May I also alert everyone that the Hampshire v Middlesex Twenty20 match at the Rose Bowl originally scheduled for Tuesday 19th June will now take place on Monday 18th June due to England playing Ukraine at Euro 2012 on the Tuesday.

    Also, in the unlikely event of England reaching the semi-finals by way of finishing as runner-up in their group, they will play the semi-final the same night as Middlesex and Hampshire meet for another Twenty20 match on Wednesday 27th June, this time at Richmond. If this happens, I envisage that the match at Richmond would either take place on another date (neither team play the following day and neither team are busy the following midweek) or would start earlier so that everyone can watch the football. Anyway, like I have said, it is unlikely England will reach the semi-finals, so there is little reason to get worried about it.