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Oval set to welcome back fans for Surrey's Bob Willis Trophy match against Kent next week Prime Minister Boris Johnson pulled the plug on test events last month Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are re-drawing pilot scheme Due to start with the final of the World Snooker Championship this weekend

By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:57 BST, 14 August 2020 | Updated: 21:57 BST, 14 August 2020

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Surrey’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Kent next week is expected to be included in a fresh list of sporting test events ahead of a return for crowds this October.

The Kia Oval was due to be one of two grounds to host spectators on the opening weekend of the Bob Willis Trophy — Edgbaston was the other — before Prime Minister Boris Johnson pulled the plug at the 11th hour due to concerns about the rising coronavirus transmission rate.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are re-drawing a pilot programme that starts with the final of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield this weekend.

The Oval was due to be one of two grounds to host fans before restrictions were reimposed

The Oval was due to be one of two grounds to host fans before restrictions were reimposed

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