14 April 2011
The first match under the new, permanent lights at Kent Cricket's St. Lawrence Ground will be an Inter-Universities match between Canterbury Christ Church and Kent, on Friday 13 May.
Jamie Clifford, CEO for Kent Cricket, said: “This is first time the two universities have ever played each other at the home of County Cricket and we believe it is wholly appropriate that it also our first match under lights.
“We hope the fixture will become an annual event and grow to be a must see in the universities, as well as local communities, calendar.”
Dr Andrew Balsdon, Director of Sport at Christ Church, added: “Canterbury Christ Church University is very proud and honoured to be asked to participate in such a historic event for Kent Cricket.
“I’m sure it will be an entertaining match, and hopefully not only the first of many meetings between our two universities, but the start of some great evening matches for Kent Cricket fans.
“We would like to wish Kent Cricket a very successful season and we look forward to working together in the future.”
The evening will consist of both a Women’s and Men’s match, played under a 15 over, eight ball format to ensure both game can be completed within the scheduled time.
Canterbury Christ Church University’s men's club captain and women's head coach, Luke Harris, said: “We are very excited about the opportunity of playing at the St. Lawrence ground and especially being the first to experience the new floodlights. After coming so close to winning both of the indoor varsity matches last month we can’t wait to get out there and have revenge over the University of Kent teams.”
Kent University cricket club captain, Tom Kopelman, said: "This is a privilege for all of us to be playing on such an occasion under the new lights at our county ground. We look forward to an exciting and entertaining evening of cricket."
The fixture is being supported by local business with restaurant Nando’s associate sponsors of the evening and Shepherd Neame beer brand Oranjeboom sponsor of the Kent University teams.
Entry to both games is free with the Women’s game starting at 5.00pm, the Men’s game is programmed to start at 7.30pm. No food or beverage will be allowed into the ground.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.