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Last Updated: Friday, 30 September 2005, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Kent end 140-year Maidstone deal
A lazy afternoon at the Mote ground in Maidstone
A lazy afternoon at the Mote Park ground in Maidstone
Kent will not be playing any county cricket at Maidstone next season after 140 consecutive years playing there.

Last season Kent had eight points deducted after a match at Mote Park ended in barely two days.

And now the club has confirmed they will not play at Mote Park until the pitches return to standard.

The club's chief executive Paul Millman told BBC Radio Kent: "Work ought to have been done two or three years ago to keep the square in good order."

Kent play most of their cricket in Canterbury.

But Millman said another out ground, Tunbridge Wells, had developed well.

He said: "This is about playing county cricket under the very best conditions.

"We've done new wickets at Tunbridge Wells and they were played on after two years so technology's moved on."

He did not rule out a return to cricket at Maidstone in a few years time.

"They're exciting times at The Mote. We've very much behind the ground redevelopment."

The club say they will give The Mote every assistance in getting the pitch back to the standard required for county cricket.

But the move is a blow to the club's supporters, as Maidstone Week is always particularly well attended, and leaves Tunbridge Wells and Beckenham as the county's only home venues away from Canterbury.


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