Cricket fanatics from around the region will flock to the famous south Nottinghamshire village of Gotham this summer for a week of batting and bowling at its best.
20th Annual Arthur Kent Memorial Cricket Festival: 30th July – 4th August, Gotham, Notts.
They will take part in the annual Arthur Kent Memorial Cricket Festival from Sunday 30th July to Friday 4th August. Started in 1997 the Festival is celebrating its 20th year with a full programme of matches and social activities for the whole community.
Arthur Kent was a landlord of the former Windmill Inn and was President of the Cricket Club from 1973 to 1992. He showed a keen interest in sport and supported many village activities, remaining a life member of the Club until he died. The Festival continues his passion for encouraging young villagers to enjoy the game.
Trevor Burton, Chairman of Gotham Village Cricket Club says: “Arthur would have been thrilled to know that the Festival continues to encourage and inspire young players who will be able to compete in Kids Kwik-Cricket throughout the week, as well as a 6-a-side competition. They will, no doubt, also provide an enthusiastic crowd for the adult games between the competing Clubs.
“The Festival is the focus of a busy sporting year for the Cricket Club. It makes a valuable contribution to our funds and enables us to run two League teams, four Junior teams and two Kwik cricket teams; the Gotham Bats for six year olds and the Gotham Robins for ten year olds. Just this week, our juniors have become Champions of the 2017 Under 11 Nottingham Youth Cricket League having won every match. The club’s charitable work is also important to us, so we will to be using the T20 Match on Friday 4th August to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.”
All matches start at 10.45 am. Lunches, an open bar and nightly BBQ make the Festival popular with both villagers and visitors.
The staging of the week-long event has been made possible by the support of several local companies and organisations including Gotham Car Sales, Alan Knight Butchers, Paul Blatherwick Property Services, Robert Whowell & Partners Chartered Accountants, Anray Uphlostery, James Burton Painter & Decorator, Utility Warehouse, Spar Gotham, C P Walker & Sons Estate Agents, and CSG Group.