Yorkshire CCC 2019 County Championship & 50-over Fixtures Released

Yorkshire CCC 2019 County Championship & 50-over Fixtures Released
Yorkshire CCC 2019 County Championship & 50-over Fixtures Released

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club will begin their 2019 domestic campaign and their Specsavers County Championship season with a trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire (April 5).

The second of three successive away fixtures to open the County Championship season involves a 480-mile round trip to Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on Thursday April 11, while the White Rose’s next spell of four-day action comes at the start of May against newly-promoted Kent (May 14).

Sandwiched in between those two fixtures is a three-and-a-half week period of 50-over cricket as the Royal London One-Day Cup takes centre stage until the middle of May. The knockout stages, for which Yorkshire have qualified for four years running, are scheduled to be played on Friday 10 and Sunday 12 of May, with the Final – taking place at Lord’s for the final time before being relocated to Trent Bridge – set to be played on Saturday May 25.

Relegated Roses rivals Lancashire will visit Emerald Headingley on Sunday April 21 in the RL50 competition.

After welcoming Hampshire to Emerald Headingley on May 27 in the County Championship, the Club face a busy period of 20 days cricket in 34 days with trips to Guildford, York and Scarborough along with one other home fixture against Essex (June 3). An increase in summer Championship cricket has been made possible after the England and Wales Cricket Board decided to front load the 50-over format to afford England internationals the best preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup starting at the end of May.

That includes at 16-day period of World Cup cricket at Emerald Headingley including fixtures between England and Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Afghanistan and West Indies, as well as Sri Lanka and India.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the way the fixture list has worked out and our thanks must go to our colleagues at Leeds Rugby and the ECB for their cooperation,” said CEO Mark Arthur. “2019 is proving to be a congested season for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, but not having to play a County Championship fixture at Emerald Headingley until May 27 is a great fillip for our Members, spectators and players through the summer months. This is a one-off due to the World Cup and hopefully we can take full advantage of the opportunities the World Cup has thrown up and enjoy successful Championship season as a result.”

That hectic period of Championship cricket culminates in the first of two four-day fixtures at the famous North Marine Road ground in Scarborough with the visit of last season’s runaway Champions Surrey for a second successive season on Sunday June 30.

Since 1876, with only the exception of war years, there has been a Cricket Festival played at Scarborough at the end of the First-Class season. The 133rd Welcome to Yorkshire Cricket Festival will see Nottinghamshire visit the famous seaside town on the North East Coast from Sunday August 18.

Prior to that York CC’s Clifton Road ground is set to host its first ever First-Class fixture. Due to exceptional circumstances, and more specifically the volume of International and domestic cricket taking place at Emerald Headingley throughout the summer of 2019, York will host the Club’s County Championship match against Warwickshire (Jun 17). The City has hosted one previous Championship fixture with Yorkshire beating Kent at Wiggington Rd in 1890.

“York have done such a fantastic job for us at Second XI level and with the Diamonds, and the quality of their pitches and infrastructure is excellent,” said Yorkshire CEO Mark Arthur. “We thought it was a great opportunity to take a game there.

“For our membership, York is our second largest catchment area outside Leeds. The fact it is a one off will capture the imagination of public.

“It is a venue definitely capable of hosting a first-class cricket match.

“They are going to receive a grant from the ECB towards a new electronic scoreboard, covers and sight screens. We have made a commitment that we will go there for at least three years. From 2020 onwards, we will take one or two List A matches to York. The ECB are supporting the development of out-grounds.

“When you talk to people about hosting a County Championship match, their excitement is something to behold. I think the City of York will really get behind the event.”

The Club’s final home County Championship fixture will be against Matt Walker’s Kent side on Monday September 16, but it is the trip to Edgbaston on Monday 23 September that will bring the curtain down on the 2019 domestic season.

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