Men's and women's fixtures announced for the 2023 season
Lancashire Cricket and Thunder’s domestic fixtures for the 2023 season have been released:
- Lancashire to open LV= County Championship Division One campaign against defending champions Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 6 April
- Thunder begin Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy on Saturday 22 April and Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign on Thursday 25 May
- Lancashire Lightning to play in first-ever Vitality Blast Off against Derbyshire Falcons at Edgbaston on Saturday 20 May
- One-Day Cup group includes Roses Match at Scarborough on Thursday 3 August
As previously agreed, the 2023 LV= Insurance County Championship format is unchanged from 2022. Across Division One and Division Two, each county will play 14 home and away fixtures with two teams relegated and two teams promoted.
Glen Chapple’s side will kick off the LV= Insurance County Championship with a home fixture against defending champions Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 6 April.
The opening seven rounds are played from Thursday-Sunday on successive weeks. Each county has a week off for rest and recovery during the first five rounds of the season.
The regional women’s domestic season then gets underway on Saturday 22 April, when Paul Shaw’s Thunder host South East Stars at Emirates Old Trafford in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy (List A).
The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy fixture list has doubled in size, with the one group of eight regional teams now playing home and away fixtures, meaning 14 group fixtures per team.
Following an opening block of six County Championship matches, Lancashire Lightning will begin their T20 campaign at Edgbaston on Saturday 20 May as part of the new Vitality Blast Off event which will see the 2023 edition of the competition launched with a televised doubleheader live on Sky Cricket.
Thunder will then kick off in the Charlotte Edwards Cup when they take on newly established Nottingham-based region, The Blaze, at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 25 May. The match forms the first of three doubleheaders during 2023, as Lancashire Lightning playing their opening home Vitality Blast fixture against Leicestershire Foxes on the same day.
The next doubleheader takes place just two days later - on Saturday 27 May - when Thunder host Sunrisers and Lancashire Lightning take on Notts Outlaws at Emirates Old Trafford.
The third and final doubleheader will take place at Blackpool CC on Wednesday 7 June as Thunder square off against rivals Northern Diamonds and Lancashire Lightning face Worcestershire Rapids.
Two County Championship matches will be played at outgrounds when the Red Rose will welcome Hampshire to Southport & Birkdale CC starting on Sunday 11 June before returning to Blackpool to play Essex, which starts on Monday 10 July.
The eagerly awaited Roses T20s will be played at Headingley on Thursday 1 June and at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 30 June, with both matches to be broadcast live on Sky Cricket.
The Vitality Blast North Group concludes with a home match against Northants Steelbacks at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday 2 July. Quarter-Finals will be held on 6-7 July, before Finals Day takes place at Edgbaston on Saturday 15 July.
Lancashire will begin the group stage of the One-Day Cup by hosting Essex Eagles at Sedbergh School on Tuesday 1 August, before travelling to Scarborough to face Yorkshire two days later.
The final group match will see Lancashire travel to Welbeck to take on Notts Outlaws on Tuesday 22 August with the knockout stages set to begin with Quarter-Finals on Friday 25 August, Semi-Finals on Tuesday 29 August and the Final at Trent Bridge on Saturday 16 September.
Lancashire conclude the County Championship at the Spitfire Ground away to Kent, beginning on Tuesday 26 September.
Director of Cricket Performance Mark Chilton said: “Fixture release day is always an exciting occasion and after the players returned for pre-season training earlier this month, this now marks the next step on the road to the new season and we can begin to plan knowing exactly what lies ahead.
“Opening our County Championship campaign at Emirates Old Trafford against the defending champions is a mouth-watering prospect and a challenge which I know the lads are already looking forward to.
“Last season’s T20 doubleheaders when Lancashire Lightning played alongside Thunder were all thoroughly enjoyable occasions and we are really pleased to have another three in the schedule for 2023 – with two at Emirates Old Trafford followed by a trip to the Blackpool seaside in June.
“We are also looking forward to hosting more women’s matches at Emirates Old Trafford than ever before with Paul Shaw’s Thunder side set to play five matches here during the 2023 season.
“I must thank all three of our outgrounds which we will use next year across both men's and women's cricket – we look forward to taking the game to Blackpool, Southport and Sedbergh which always seem to serve up superb spectacles in front of passionate and knowledgeable cricket crowds.”
LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures
Thursday 6-9 April - Lancashire v Surrey – Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 13-16 April – Essex v Lancashire – The Cloud County Ground
Thursday 20-23 April – Somerset v Lancashire – The Cooper Associates County Ground
Thursday 4-7 May – Nottinghamshire v Lancashire – Trent Bridge
Thursday 11-14 May – Lancashire v Somerset – Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 11-14 June – Lancashire v Hampshire – Southport & Birkdale CC
Sunday 25-28 June – Surrey v Lancashire – Kia Oval
Monday 10-13 July – Lancashire v Essex – Blackpool CC
Wednesday 19-22 July – Warwickshire v Lancashire – Edgbaston
Tuesday 25-28 July – Lancashire v Northamptonshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 3-6 September – Northamptonshire v Lancashire – The County Ground
Sunday 10-13 September – Lancashire v Middlesex – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 19-22 September – Lancashire v Nottinghamshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 26-29 September – Kent v Lancashire – The Spitfire Ground
Vitality Blast fixtures
Saturday 20 May – Derbyshire Falcons v Lancashire Lightning – Edgbaston
Thursday 25 May – Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes – Emirates Old Trafford
Saturday 27 May – Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws – Emirates Old Trafford
Monday 29 May – Birmingham Bears v Lancashire Lightning – Edgbaston
Thursday 1 June – Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning – Headingley
Friday 2 June – Durham v Lancashire Lightning – Seat Unique Riverside
Sunday 4 June – Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning – Trent Bridge
Wednesday 7 June – Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids – Blackpool CC
Friday 16 June – Northants Steelbacks v Lancashire Lightning – The County Ground
Sunday 18 June – Lancashire Lightning v Durham – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 20 June – Worcestershire Rapids v Lancashire Lightning – New Road
Friday 23 June – Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons – Emirates Old Trafford
Friday 30 June – Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings – Emirates Old Trafford
Sunday 2 July – Lancashire Lightning v Northants Steelbacks – Emirates Old Trafford
One-Day Cup fixtures
Tuesday 1 August – Lancashire v Essex Eagles – Sedbergh School
Thursday 3 August – Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire – Scarborough
Wednesday 9 August – Lancashire v Kent Spitfires – Blackpool CC
Friday 11 August – Lancashire v Leicestershire Foxes – Emirates Old Trafford
Tuesday 15 August – Lancashire v Hampshire – Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday 17 August – Surrey v Lancashire – Guildford CC
Sunday 20 August – Middlesex v Lancashire – Lord's
Tuesday 22 August – Notts Outlaws v Lancashire – Welbeck CC
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy fixtures
Saturday 22 April – Thunder v South East Stars – Emirates Old Trafford
Saturday 29 April – Western Storm v Thunder – Sophia Gardens
Monday 1 May – The Blaze v Thunder – Trent Bridge
Saturday 6 May – Thunder v Central Sparks – Emirates Old Trafford
Wednesday 10 May – Thunder v Sunrisers – Sale CC
Sunday 2 July – Central Sparks v Thunder – New Road
Friday 7 July – Thunder v Southern Vipers – Sedbergh School
Thursday 11 July – Northern Diamonds v Thunder – TBC
Saturday 15 July – Sunrisers v Thunder – The County Ground, Northampton
Saturday 22 July – Thunder v The Blaze – Sedbergh School
Thursday 5 September – South East Stars v Thunder – Guildford
Sunday 10 September – Southern Vipers v Thunder – Arundel
Wednesday 13 September – Thunder v Northern Diamonds – Sale CC
Saturday 16 September – Thunder v Western Storm – Emirates Old Trafford
Charlotte Edwards Cup fixtures
Sunday 21 May – Western Storm v Thunder – Cooper Associates County Ground
Thursday 25 May – Thunder v The Blaze – Emirates Old Trafford
Saturday 27 May – Thunder v Sunrisers – Emirates Old Trafford
Monday 29 May – Central Sparks v Thunder – New Road
Wednesday 31 May – Southern Vipers v Thunder – Ageas Bowl
Sunday 4 June – Thunder v South East Stars – Blackpool CC
Wednesday 7 June – Thunder v Northern Diamonds - Blackpool CC
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