Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week
Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week is a week-long festival of cricket where Kent County Cricket Club play their home matches at the Nevill Ground in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Games held during it are considered some of Kent's most popular fixtures. In the past, it has been usually held in May and June but will take place on July 17-26 in 2015.
The cricket week has been running since 1902, with a festival being held the previous year to celebrate the opening of the ground. Due to Kent's dropping of Mote Park in Maidstone in 2005 and in addition to the County Cricket Ground in Beckenham, the Nevill Ground is currently one of Kent's two outgrounds with all other home matches being played at the St. Lawrence Ground in Canterbury. The week also has had a poem written about the fixtures during it.
A traditional cricket week at The Nevill Ground usually comprised one County Championship game and one limited overs game. With the advent of Twenty20 cricket, the one day game was replaced with a Twenty20 game. In 2011, as a reward for good support the previous year, Kent announced they would play two Twenty20 games at the cricket week instead of the usual one. This may also be a way of compensating the Tunbridge Wells fans because a reduction of Twenty20 fixtures from 2012 may cause most games to be played at the St. Lawrence Ground in order to make the most of new floodlights installed in 2011 meaning that Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week might not host a Twenty20 game after 2011.
Games during the Tunbridge Wells Festival week are often high-scoring due to the pitch at the Nevill Ground being considered a batting paradise. This could be seen during the 2010 County Championship game against Nottinghamshire, where 1242 runs were scored despite the game being hit with rain.
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