July 11, 2000

County chief thrilled by NatWest Series opportunity

Paul Millman, Chief Executive of Kent County Cricket, told reporter Andy Jalil that - in spite of the near wintry conditions of grey skies and cold wind, plus a stoppage for rain, that: "We are thrilled to be included on the circuit for the one-day international matches.

NatWest Series

Even though we are not traditionally a Test match ground, it's great to have this opportunity. We have done our best to put on a good day and hopefully everybody has enjoyed the day. With more and more one-day internationals around the country, we are hoping that what we are demonstrating is that we can do it and that we will be able to do it in the future as well.

The important thing is that the game is being taken round the country so that all supporters of cricket, wherever they are in the country, will get a chance to see the best and I think we are on the map from that point of view. We have a capacity of ten thousand and we are today just over six thousand although we haven't had the final count as yet. It is a Tuesday and a cold Tuesday, so that crowd isn't bad. But I must say for local cricket it has done a fantastic amount of good."