Lancashire Cricket’s 2021 County Championship fixtures confirmed
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce the Club’s fixtures for the 2021 County Championship Group Stage with all five home matches set to be played at Emirates Old Trafford.
Earlier this year, the chairs of the First-Class Counties agreed that next summer will welcome the return of the County Championship in a group stage format, which will then be followed by a division stage and ending with the showpiece Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s in September.
Over the course of the summer, all counties will play seven home four-day fixtures.
For the group stage, which will run from April to July, the 18 First-Class Counties have been split into three seeded groups of six counties. Each county will play the other counties in their group both home and away - a total of 10 matches.
Lancashire will play in Group 3 alongside Kent, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Glamorgan and Sussex.
The Championship returns on Thursday 8 April when Lancashire’s campaign will start with an away fixture against Sussex at The 1st Central County Ground. The Red Rose will then host Northamptonshire in their first home fixture at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Thursday 15 April.
The first red ball Roses Match of the summer will be played at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Thursday 27 May, with the reverse fixture at Scarborough on Sunday 11 July set to conclude the group stage.
Following this, the top two counties in each group, at the end of the Group Stage, will progress to Division One, with the other counties moving into Divisions Two and Three, where they will each play a further four matches, with two at home.
The Division Stage will begin on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August with the final round of matches to begin on Tuesday 21 September. The winner of Division One will be crowned the 2021 County Championship winners.
To conclude the red ball campaign, the top two teams in Division One will then play for the Bob Willis Trophy in a five-day final from Monday 27 September.
Fixtures for the remaining domestic women’s and men’s white-ball competitions are set to be announced in early 2021.
Lancashire Cricket 2021 County Championship fixtures
Thursday 8 April, 2021 – Sussex v Lancashire, The 1st Central County Ground
Thursday 15 April, 2021 – Lancashire v Northamptonshire, Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 22 April, 2021 - Kent vs Lancashire, Canterbury
Thursday 29 April, 2021 – Lancashire v Sussex, Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 6 May, 2021 – Lancashire v Glamorgan, Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 20 May, 2021 - Northamptonshire v Lancashire, The County Ground Northampton
Thursday 27 May, 2021 - Lancashire v Yorkshire, Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 3 June, 2021 – Glamorgan v Lancashire, TBC
Sunday 4 July, 2021 – Lancashire v Kent, Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 11 July, 2021 - Yorkshire v Lancashire, Scarborough
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