Local Rivalry to Begin Nottinghamshire CCC's Season
A pair of local rivalries will begin Nottinghamshire’s 2020 season, after Leicestershire and Derbyshire were confirmed the first visitors to Trent Bridge next season.
County Championship cricket will return to Nottingham on Easter Sunday (12 April) as the Foxes make the short trip up the A46 for a four-day encounter, before Derbyshire visit for a red-ball clash commencing on Friday 1 May.
All seven of Nottinghamshire’s home Championship fixtures will take place at Trent Bridge with 11 days of red-ball cricket scheduled for weekends or bank holidays.
The fixtures will raise the curtain on a packed summer of cricket for Notts and at Trent Bridge, with Notts’ involvement in the County Championship, Royal London Cup and Vitality Blast complemented by the return of international cricket to the city and the first fixtures in The Hundred.
The Outlaws’ attempt to reach their fourth Vitality Blast Finals Day in five years begins under Friday night lights on 29 May with the visit of Birmingham Bears.
The clash will be the first of two home fixtures coinciding with the half-term holidays, with a fixture against Yorkshire taking place on Sunday 31 May.
Notts will then entertain Leicestershire Foxes on Saturday 13 June before the home group-stage campaign concludes with a brace of heavyweight Friday-night showdowns – against Lancashire on 3 July and Derbyshire a week later.
The green and golds’ quest to win the Royal London Cup follows on at the height of summer, as Notts look to reach the 50-over showpiece at Trent Bridge on Saturday 19 September.
Derbyshire and Northamptonshire are the Outlaws’ first home opponents, visiting Grantham on Friday 24 and Sunday 26 July respectively.
The 50-over outfit will then host Somerset at Trent Bridge on Friday 7 August, before rounding off their group stage with a clash against Leicestershire at the club’s picturesque northern outpost, Welbeck CC.
“Fixture release day is always a close-season landmark for everyone associated with the Club – be it players, support staff or fans – and the fact that the campaign begins with a pair of local derbies adds some spice to the early part of the season,” said Nottinghamshire Head Coach, Peter Moores.
“Playing good red-ball cricket is going to be a huge focus for us next year. It’s something that’s really important to all of us.
“We will, of course, be determined to start the season well – but it’s about how you perform consistently through a long season.
“It’s also really exciting how quickly on the horizon the T20 comes around. They’re great occasions for the lads to play in.
“The atmosphere at Trent Bridge for those matches is very well established now, both at weekends and under the lights.
“In 50-over cricket, meanwhile, we’ll have a real mix in our side of experienced heads and young cricketers making their way in the game.
“That too is exciting and there could hardly be a bigger incentive than the final being played at Trent Bridge.
“The lads can see now exactly what they are preparing for and working towards across the whole campaign.
“The rest of the winter is about doing the work, putting in the hard yards and making sure we’re ready to have a real go in all forms of the game.”
Trent Bridge is also set to host Stephen Fleming’s Trent Rockets next summer in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.
Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales and Harry Gurney will lead an all-star squad – accompanied by a sprinkling of local talent – which will take to the field throughout July and August.
Trent Rockets’ first home clash will be on Sunday 19 July, with further encounters on Saturday 25 July, Sunday 2 August and Monday 10 August.
The high-calibre match-ups are in addition to the return of Test cricket to Trent Bridge for England v Pakistan from Thursday 20 August, and a One-Day International pitting Eoin Morgan’s World Champions against his native Ireland on Thursday 10 September.
View the full list of fixtures for the 2020 season across all formats, and have the option to download them to your e-calendar, here.
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