Lancashire Cricket announces 2021 limited overs schedule
Vitality Blast and Royal London fixtures confirmed
Lancashire Lightning will kick off their Blast campaign with back-to-back matches at Emirates Old Trafford against Derbyshire Falcons and Leicestershire Foxes on Wednesday 9 June and Thursday 10 June.
The Roses fixtures with Yorkshire Vikings, a highlight of the schedule, will take place at Emerald Headingley on Friday 2 July and at Emirates Old Trafford, to conclude the group stage, on Saturday 17 July.
Lancashire will play a National Counties friendly (away) fixture against Cumberland on Tuesday 20 July as a warm-up to the Club’s Royal London Cup campaign, which will commences three days later against Sussex on 23 July, at a venue to be confirmed.
Lancashire have been drawn in a non-regionalised group alongside Sussex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Hampshire, Middlesex, Durham, Worcestershire and Essex. They will play each side once with four fixtures at home and four away.
In addition to Sussex, Lancashire will host Middlesex, Worcestershire and Essex while there will also be trips to the Bristol County Ground, Canterbury, the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Riverside.
Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Paul Allott, said: “We’re pleased to have some certainty with our limited overs schedule for the summer and look forward to contesting all of our home Vitality Blast fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford.
“Following the difficult, but necessary decision to play so much of our home cricket at outgrounds last summer, it will be a bonus for the side to return to Emirates Old Trafford, hopefully with the backing of crowds as soon as possible.”
Lancashire Captain, Dane Vilas, added: “It’s always an exciting time for the players when the fixtures are announced and there will definitely be an added edge from the lads in training now.
“The Vitality Blast is a competition that we love to play in as a side, especially at Emirates Old Trafford, and it would be fantastic if we could go one better than last year and lift the trophy.
“Playing behind-closed-doors last season was a strange experience last year and all of the lads are looking forward to welcoming the Lancashire Members and supporters back into Emirates Old Trafford when it is safe to do so.”
Vitality Blast fixtures
Wed 9 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons – Emirates Old Trafford
Thurs 10 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Leicestershire Foxes – Emirates Old Trafford
Sun 13 June – Worcestershire Rapids vs Lancashire Lightning – New Road
Tues 15 June – Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning – The Incora County Ground
Thurs 17 June – Durham vs Lancashire Lightning – Emirates Riverside
Fri 18 June – Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning – Edgbaston
Sun 20 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Nottinghamshire Outlaws – Emirates Old Trafford
Fri 25 June – Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Lancashire Lightning – The County Ground
Sat 26 June – Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Lancashire Lightning – Trent Bridge
Thurs 1 July – Lancashire Lightning vs Worcestershire Rapids – Emirates Old Trafford
Fri 2 July – Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning – Emerald Headingly
Fri 9 July – Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks – Emirates Old Trafford
Fri 16 July – Lancashire Lightning vs Durham – Emirates Old Trafford
Sat 17 July – Lancashire Lightning vs Yorkshire Vikings – Emirates Old Trafford
Royal London Cup fixtures
Fri 23 July – Lancashire vs Sussex – TBC
Sun 25 July – Gloucestershire vs Lancashire – Bristol County Ground
Wed 28 July – Kent vs Lancashire – TBC
Sun 1 August – Hampshire vs Lancashire – Ageas Bowl
Tues 3 August – Lancashire vs Middlesex – Emirates Old Trafford
Thurs 5 August – Durham vs Lancashire – Emirates Riverside
Sun 8 August – Lancashire vs Worcestershire – Blackpool CC
Thurs 12 August – Lancashire vs Essex – Emirates Old Trafford
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