Lancashire’s full fixture list revealed
Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures announced
Lancashire’s fixtures in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup for the 2018 season have now been revealed.
Lancashire will start the season with a home fixture in the Specsavers County Championship at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 13 April before travelling to the reigning Champions Essex a week later.
The Roses match in the Specsavers County Championship against Yorkshire starts on Sunday 22 July at Emirates Old Trafford, just two days after the T20 Blast clash with the return fixture being Lancashire’s penultimate game of the season at Emerald Headingley.
Following the success of last year’s historic round of day/night Championship matches, Lancashire will once again be away for this year’s fixture having played at Edgbaston in 2017. The Red Rose, who finished second in last year’s Specsavers County Championship, will take on Surrey at the Kia Oval under the floodlights, starting on Sunday 19 August.
Lancashire Lightning’s Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, which is once again split into two geographical divisions as in previous years, will start with a home fixture against Notts Outlaws at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 17 May. Glen Chapple’s side will finish the competition with another Roses clash against Yorkshire Vikings, again at home, on Tuesday 5 June.
The final of this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup campaign takes place on Saturday 30th June at Lord’s.
The Club will once again be making use of Lancashire’s popular outgrounds in 2018 with two fixtures taking place at Southport and Birkdale CC as well as Blackpool CC. Newly promoted Worcestershire will be the visitors to Southport in the Specsavers County Championship, whilst Warwickshire will travel to Blackpool in the Royal London One-Day Cup. Liverpool CC were unable to agree a date to host a Lancashire fixture in 2018, but the ground will be used for Lancashire Thunder’s opening fixture in the Kia Super League on Sunday 22 July.
Head Coach Glen Chapple said, “The announcement of next year’s fixtures always sharpens the focus and it’s an exciting time of the year to see who we’re playing and when.
“The players are back in training having had a break at the end of the season and we’re already looking forward to 2018. We’ve got a really young and talented group of players who are all desperate to success and win trophies for this great Club.”
The Club can also confirm that, following a significant six-figure investment, major work will be taking place on the outfield at Emirates Old Trafford at the end of the 2018 season, ahead of 2019 where the ground will host an Ashes Test along with five ICC World Cup fixtures in what will be one of the biggest years in the Club’s history.
Operations Director at Lancashire, Anthony Mundy said, “A large amount of work is required on the outfield at Emirates Old Trafford due to the vast amount of cricket that is taking place here in 2019. With an Ashes Test and the ICC World Cup, we’re going to have a unprecedented number of fixtures being played at the ground, and to keep up our exceptionally high outfield standards, as marked by the ECB and ICC after each fixture played, on-going work to the outfield is vital.
“We normally start our outfield renovation at the end of September after the conclusion of the last Specsavers County Championship fixture, but in 2018 we will require another month to ensure the grass is given enough time to grow before the winter, and bad weather start.”
Lancashire will play Worcestershire at Southport starting on Wednesday 29 August, where the Red Rose beat the 2016 Champions Middlesex last year, in the County Championship at the end of August in 2018, before playing away at Somerset, Yorkshire and Hampshire in September.
Mundy added, “The work that is being carried out is substantial as we’re taking off the whole top layer of the outfield and then re-seeding it. The whole project has been developed and agreed in conjunction with both our retained pitch specialist and the cricket department.”
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