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SBD Global/June 14, 2012/Franchises

Washed Out Matches Leave Kent Cricket Club Facing Financial Headache

Kent County Cricket Club CEO Jamie Clifford said that "no amount of planning could prevent big losses" as a result of bad weather, according to the BBC. Kent's last five matches "have been foreshortened by the weather," including a rain out in their Twenty20 opener against Sussex. Clifford told BBC Radio Kent, "I've worked in cricket for 12 years and I've never known a summer like it. It had a big impact on our business." The Spitfires' Twenty20 fixture against Sussex Sharks "was originally switched" from Tunbridge Wells to Canterbury "after flash flooding hit the Nevill Ground." It came after two days play was lost against Hampshire in the County Championship and "the abandonment of their match" against Northants in the Clydesdale Bank 40 on Sunday. Sources said that the bad weather for the 100th Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week "could cost the club" £50,000 ($77,780) (BBC, 6/13).
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