Lancashire's full 2017 fixture list announced
Lancashire’s full fixture list for the 2017 season has been announced with the Red Rose starting their Specsavers County Championship Division One campaign away against newly promoted Essex which starts on Friday 7th April at Chelmsford.
The season will start with a block of three First Class fixtures against Essex, Surrey and Somerset before a further group of eight games in the Royal London One-Day Cup. Lancashire Lightning’s opening fixture in white ball cricket will be against Leicestershire on Friday 28th April at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Roses match in the Specsavers County Championship against Yorkshire starts on Friday 19th May at Emirates Old Trafford before the return fixture just two weeks later at Headingley on Friday 2nd June.
Lancashire Lightning will start the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast campaign away at Durham Jets on Friday 7th July, a week before the first instalment of the highly anticipated Roses clash between Lancashire Lightning and Yorkshire Vikings at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 14th July. The return fixture will take place on Friday 11th August at Headingley.
The Specsavers County Championship fixture against Hampshire is likely to be at Emirates Old Trafford but could move to an outground after the Club have final details around a potential second music concert date.
Southport and Birkdale CC will host the Specsavers County Championship fixture against Champions Middlesex on Friday 9th June and will be hoping to replicate the game wide plaudits they received for staging last year’s match against Durham. Liverpool CC will also host their first game in two years as Lancashire Lightning take on Northamptonshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Friday 5th May.
Blackpool CC will host one NatWest T20 Blast fixture for the first time on either 9th/16th July against Leicestershire Foxes or Derbyshire Falcons respectively. The Club is keen to take the ever-growing T20 format further afield in Lancashire, and to offer more supporters further away from Emirates Old Trafford the opportunity to access the shortest form of the game. An update will be provided in due course on the confirmation of dates around the Blackpool T20 fixture. This will be the first time in seven years Lancashire has played a domestic T20 at an outground and a combination of Blackpool’s excellent recent record of driving attendances and with the fixtures now in the height of summer has given us this opportunity.
Chief Executive Daniel Gidney commented, “We are delighted to be hosting Lancashire fixtures in all three formats at Southport, Blackpool and Liverpool next year.
“We have always been keen to take T20 cricket around Lancashire as we have a commitment to grow, nurture and develop cricket and to strengthen links with recreational cricket (where T20 as a format is delivering higher player retention rates) across the Red Rose County so we’re thrilled that a NatWest T20 Blast clash will be held at Blackpool CC and will confirm soon which fixture will be hosted at Emirates Old Trafford and at Blackpool in early July.”
Season Tickets for Lancashire Lightning’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign will go on sale on Thursday 1st December. Tickets go on general sale for individual games in early 2017, whilst you can secure your seat for Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings in the NatWest T20 Blast early with a special VIP Ticket from Thursday 1st December for £79. For more information, visit click here.
Meanwhile, the new 150-bed Hilton Garden Inn will be open in time for when England take on South Africa in the Investec Test series at Emirates Old Trafford, starting on Friday 4th August. Supporters will be able to book rooms from Spring 2017. You can register your interest by clicking here.
Full Fixture List
First Class and Specsavers County Championship
Sunday 2 – 4th April – Cambridge MCCU v Lancashire – Fenner’s (friendly)
Friday 7th – 10th April – Essex v Lancashire – Chelmsford
Friday 14th – 17th April – Surrey v Lancashire – Kia Oval
Friday 21st – 24th April – Lancashire v Somerset – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 19th – 22nd May – Lancashire v Yorkshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 2 – 5th June – Yorkshire v Lancashire – Headingley
Friday 9 – 12th June – Lancashire v Middlesex – Southport and Birkdale CC
Monday 19th – 22nd June – Lancashire v Hampshire – tbc
Monday 26th – 29th June – Warwickshire v Lancashire – Edgbaston (F)
Sunday 6th – 9th August – Hampshire v Lancashire – Ageas Bowl
Monday 28th – 31st August – Lancashire v Warwickshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 5th – 8th September – Lancashire v Essex – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 12th – 15th September – Somerset v Lancashire – Cooper Associates County Ground
Tuesday 19th – 22nd September – Middlesex v Lancashire – Lord’s
Monday 25th – 28th September – Lancashire v Surrey – Emirates Old Trafford
NatWest T20 Blast
Friday 7th July – Durham Jets v Lancashire Lightning – Emirates Riverside (F)
Sunday 9th July – Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes – tbc
Friday 14th July – Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings – Emirates Old Trafford (F)
Sunday 16th July – Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons – tbc
Friday 21st July – Worcestershire Rapids v Lancashire Lightning – New Road
Sunday 23rd July – Lancashire Lightning v Durham Jets – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 25th July – Derbyshire Falcons v Lancashire Lightning – The 3aaa County Ground (F)
Friday 28th July – Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws – Emirates Old Trafford (F)
Sunday 30th July – Birmingham Bears v Lancashire Lightning – Edgbaston
Thursday 3rd August – Northants Steelbacks v Lancashire Lightning – The County Ground (F)
Friday 4th August – Leicestershire Foxes v Lancashire Lightning – The Fischer County Ground
Friday 11th August – Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning – Headingley (F)
Wednesday 16th August – Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids – Emirates Old Trafford (F)
Friday 18th August – Lancashire Lightning v Birmingham Bears – Emirates Old Trafford (F)
Royal London One-Day Cup
Friday 28th April – Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire – Emirates Old Trafford (F)
Monday 1st May – Yorkshire v Lancashire Lightning – Headingley
Friday 5th May – Lancashire Lightning v Northamptonshire – Liverpool CC
Sunday 7th May – Warwickshire v Lancashire Lightning – Edgbaston
Wednesday 10th May – Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 12th May – Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire – Emirates Old Trafford (F)
Sunday 14th May – Nottinghamshire v Lancashire Lightning – Trent Bridge
Tuesday 16th May – Durham v Lancashire Lightning – Emirates Riverside (F)
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