Foxes to Start the 2019 Season at Hove

Foxes to Start the 2019 Season at Hove
Foxes to Start the 2019 Season at Hove

Leicestershire CCC will start the 2019 Specsavers County Championship campaign with a trip to face Sussex CCC in Hove on Friday, April 5.

The following Thursday (April 11) sees the first home Specsavers County Championship match against Worcestershire CCC, while the opening first-class game of the campaign is being played against Loughborough MCCU at the Fischer County Ground (Tuesday, March 26).

There are several venues to visit that differ from the 2018 season, with Specsavers County Championship games to face Middlesex CCC, Lancashire CCC and Gloucestershire CCC at Lord’s, Liverpool and Cheltenham.

Leicestershire Foxes open the Royal London One-Day Cup tournament with trips to Yorkshire Vikings (Wednesday, April 17) and Durham Jets (Friday, April 19). Successive home games follow against Worcestershire Rapids (Sunday, April 21) and Derbyshire Falcons (Wednesday, April 24).

To go alongside the domestic fixtures, Leicestershire CCC is also hosting England as they face three Royal London Women’s ODIs at the Fischer County Ground. The first game is against West Indies on Thursday, June 6 while Australia visit for two Ashes contests on Tuesday, July 2 and Thursday, July 4 respectively.

A hugely exciting summer of action at the Fischer County Ground is rounded off with an absorbing home Specsavers County Championship game against Lancashire CCC on Monday, September 23.

Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “It is a nicely balanced domestic schedule. From a [Specsavers County] Championship perspective, we start and end our home campaign against Worcestershire and Lancashire, the two sides that came down from Division One, and we also have a run of home games in the middle of the summer.

“It will be a huge summer of cricket with the ICC World Cup, the Ashes and the Women’s Ashes. We’re delighted to be hosting the first two Women’s ODIs at the Fischer County Ground, as well as the game between England and West Indies.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “We start with two exciting and challenging games at Hove and then at home to Worcestershire, before moving on to the Royal London One-Day Cup. Yorkshire will also provide a good test in our opening group game in 50-over cricket, so it is a start to the season that everyone will relish. We are already working hard on the winter training programme and can’t wait to get started.

“In terms of the [Specsavers County] Championship, it’ll be great for the lads to experience playing at Lord’s, and I’m sure our supporters will also be looking forward to the trips to Liverpool and Cheltenham.”

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