Lancashire and Thunder’s 2022 fixture lists confirmed
The 2022 domestic schedule has been announced
- Lancashire to open LV= County Championship Division One campaign against Kent at Canterbury on Thursday 14 April
- Vitality Blast kicks off with Roses T20 at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 27 May
- Thunder begin Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign on Saturday 14 May and Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy on Sunday 3 July
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce its domestic fixture list for the 2022 season as the Club competes on three fronts in the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One, the Vitality Blast and the Royal London Cup.
The Red Rose will begin the new season with a three-day fixture away to Loughborough MCCU on Saturday 2 April. Two weeks later, Glen Chapple’s side will kick off the County Championship, back in Division One, with an away fixture against Kent at Canterbury on Thursday 14 April.
The regional women’s domestic season gets underway on Saturday 14 May, when Thunder travel to Southern Vipers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup (T20).
Lancashire open the season with six rounds of County Championship cricket before the Vitality Blast starts with a crunch Roses T20 against Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 27 May.
Lancashire Lightning’s first five T20 home fixtures will all be played at Emirates Old Trafford before hosting Notts Outlaws and Durham at Blackpool Cricket Club on Sunday 19 and Thursday 23 June.
Emirates Old Trafford will host two T20 doubleheaders. On Wednesday 1 June, Glen Chapple’s side play Derbyshire Falcons before Thunder face Southern Vipers in the evening and on Friday 3 June, Thunder kicks off the action against Loughborough Lightning prior to Lancashire’s floodlit fixture against Northants Steelbacks.
The Vitality Blast North Group concludes with a home match against Birmingham Bears at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday 3 July. Quarter-Finals will be held from 6-9 July, before an earlier than usual Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday 16 July.
In between the knockout stages of the Vitality Blast, Lancashire will also host Somerset in the County Championship as the Club returns to Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club for the first time since 2018 on Monday 11 July. The ground will host a festival of cricket as Trafalgar Road will also be the venue for Thunder’s home fixture against South East Stars on Saturday 16 July.
Thunder begins their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy (50-over) campaign at home to local rivals Northern Diamonds on Sunday 3 July at Sale Cricket Club; before on Saturday 23 July, playing a standalone match at Emirates Old Trafford against Central Sparks.
Lancashire’s Royal London Cup group includes Yorkshire and defending champions Glamorgan and starts Thursday 2 August against Essex at Sedbergh School before facing Roses rivals Yorkshire in York two days later.
The eight-match group stage finishes with an away trip to Kent on Thursday 23 August, with Quarter-Finals played Friday 26 August, Semi-Finals Tuesday 30 August before the Final at Trent Bridge on Saturday 17 September.
The County Championship run-in sees Lancashire face Yorkshire at home and Essex away before concluding the season against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford, starting on Monday 26 September.
Director of Cricket Performance, Mark Chilton, said: “The announcement of the new fixture list always sharpens the focus and it’s an exciting time for everyone to see who we’re playing and when.
“I’d like to thank the ECB for their co-operation in what is clearly a very complex and challenging process and I think Members and supporters will be pleased to see plenty of weekend cricket again this summer, as well as five County Championship cricket fixtures which are to be played throughout June and July.
“I must also thank our outgrounds that we will use in 2022 – Blackpool who will hold two T20 matches, Southport who will host a festival of cricket including the men’s four-day match against Somerset as well as Thunder’s home match against South East Stars.
“Sedbergh School will once again welcome the National Counties fixture against Cumbria CCC before hosting our first Royal London Cup game against Essex.
“We haven’t played at Blackpool and Southport for a few years, but the Club have been really impressed throughout the conversations we have had with them over the last couple of months. Whilst there is not a fixture scheduled at Liverpool CC in 2022, we remain committed to working together in the future.”
David Thorley, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, also commented: “We are really pleased to have confirmation of the 2022 schedule, and we can look forward to another jampacked summer for the women’s game.
“The momentum built by the women’s game last summer was incredible and the players have been working hard throughout the winter to ensure they are ready to go once again in 2022.
“To be able to play more fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford, as part of two T20 doubleheaders as well as two further standalone games will be an amazing opportunity for our players, and they are dates I know they’re already looking forward to.”
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LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures
Thursday 14 - 17 April - Kent vs Lancashire – Canterbury
Thursday 21 - 24 April - Lancashire vs Gloucestershire – Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 28 April - 1 May - Hampshire vs Lancashire – Ageas Bowl
Thursday 5 – 8 May - Lancashire vs Warwickshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 12 - 15 May - Yorkshire vs Lancashire – Headingley
Thursday 19- 22 May - Lancashire vs Essex - Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 12 - 15 June Warwickshire vs Lancashire – Edgbaston
Sunday 26 - 29 June - Gloucestershire vs Lancashire – Bristol County Ground
Monday 11 - 14 July – Lancashire vs Somerset – Southport
Tuesday 19 – 22 July – Northamptonshire vs Lancashire – The County Ground Northampton
Monday 25 - 28 July - Lancashire vs Kent – Emirates Old Trafford
Monday 5 – 8 September - Lancashire vs Yorkshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 20 - 23 September – Essex vs Lancashire – The Cloud County Ground
Monday 26 - 29 September – Lancashire vs Surrey – Emirates Old Trafford
Vitality Blast fixtures
Friday 27 May – Lancashire Lightning vs Yorkshire Vikings – Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 29 May – Lancashire Lightning vs Worcestershire Rapids – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 31 May – Notts Outlaws vs Lancashire Lightning – Trent Bridge
Wednesday 1 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 3 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Northants Steelbacks – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 7 June – Leicestershire Foxes vs Lancashire Lightning – Uptonsteel County Ground
Wednesday 8 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning – Headingley
Friday 10 June – Durham vs Lancashire Lightning – Emirates Riverside
Friday 17 June – Northants Steelbacks vs Lancashire Lightning – The County Ground Northampton
Sunday 19 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Notts Outlaws – Blackpool CC
Thursday 23 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Durham – Blackpool CC
Friday 24 June – Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning – The Incora County Ground
Friday 1 July – Worcestershire Rapids vs Lancashire Lightning – New Road
Sunday 3 July – Lancashire Lightning vs Birmingham Bears – Emirates Old Trafford
Royal London Cup fixtures
Tuesday 2 August – Lancashire vs Essex – Sedbergh School
Thursday 4 August – Yorkshire vs Lancashire – York Cricket Club
Sunday 7 August – Lancashire vs Derbyshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Wednesday 10 August – Lancashire vs Worcestershire – Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 14 August – Hampshire vs Lancashire – Ageas Bowl
Wednesday 17 August – Glamorgan vs Lancashire – Neath Cricket Club
Friday 19 August – Lancashire vs Northamptonshire – TBC
Tuesday 23 August – Kent vs Lancashire – Canterbury
Charlotte Edwards Cup fixtures
Saturday 14 May – Southern Vipers vs Thunder – The 1st Central County Ground
Wednesday 18 May – Thunder vs Northern Diamonds – Sale Cricket Club
Saturday 21 May – Loughborough Lighting vs Thunder – Uptonsteel County Ground
Sunday 29 May – Northern Diamonds vs Thunder – Headingley
Wednesday 1 June – Thunder vs Southern Vipers – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 3 June – Thunder vs Loughborough Lightning – Emirates Old Trafford
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy fixtures
Sunday 3 July – Thunder vs Northern Diamonds – Sale Cricket Club
Saturday 9 July – Loughborough Lightning vs Thunder – Loughborough
Saturday 16 July – Thunder vs SE Stars – Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club
Saturday 23 July – Thunder vs Central Sparks – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 9 September – Sunrisers vs Thunder – The County Ground Northampton
Sunday 11 September – Southern Vipers vs Thunder – Ageas Bowl
Sunday 17 September – Thunder vs Western Storm – Emirates Old Trafford
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