Men's and women's fixtures announced for the 2024 season
Lancashire Cricket and Thunder’s domestic fixtures for the 2024 season have been released:
- Lancashire to kick off LV= County Championship at home to defending champions Surrey on Friday 5 April
- Thunder begin Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy away at local rivals Northern Diamonds on Saturday 20 April
- Three Lancashire Lightning/Thunder T20 doubleheaders at Emirates Old Trafford
- Roses T20 at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 12 July
- Metro Bank One Day Cup starts on Wednesday 24 July against Durham in Sedbergh
For the second season in a row, Lancashire will start the LV= County Championship Division One with a crunch fixture at home to defending champions Surrey - starting on Friday 5 April - as the County Championship begins with eight consecutive rounds played from Friday-Monday each week in April and May, to allow more opportunity for members and fans to attend at weekends.
Thunder will travel to the Seat Unique Riverside in Durham to start the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy away to Roses rivals Northern Diamonds on Saturday 20 April before facing Sunrisers in their first home match of the 2024 season at Sale Cricket Club.
As announced last week, Lancashire Lightning begin their Vitality Blast North Group campaign with the Blast Off doubleheader at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 30 May against Durham – with Thunder taking on Central Sparks in the opening fixture of the day. The Blast will be staged almost entirely on Thursday nights, Friday nights and at weekends.
Key dates in the men’s calendar include the Roses T20s which are set for Thursday 20 June at Headingley before the reverse fixture at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 12 July. You can register your interest in attending the biggest match in domestic cricket, by clicking here.
As they do in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Thunder will also start their Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign against Northern Diamonds with that crunch match set for Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday 19 May. Thunder and Lancashire Lightning will share the stage for three T20 doubleheaders at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 30 May, Sunday 2 June and Friday 7 June.
The format of Charlotte Edwards Cup Finals Day will for the first-time mirror Vitality Blast Finals Day – with two semi-finals and a final to be staged at the Incora County Ground in Derby on Saturday, 22 June, while the Cup has been expanded to include 10 group-stage matches for each team.
Lancashire have been drawn in Group A of the Metro Bank One Day Cup alongside Worcestershire, Kent, Middlesex, Durham, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Somerset and Derbyshire. The Red Rose open the 50-over competition against Durham at Sedbergh on Wednesday 24 July.
Five trophies - across men's county, regional women's and disability competitions - are then set to be decided in September with the Vitality Blast quarter-finals kick-starting the month before sold-out Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday 14 September.
Both women’s and men’s 50-over finals will be played on the same weekend in the East Midlands, with the Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester staging the Rachael Heyhoe Flint final (Saturday, 21 September) before Trent Bridge plays host to the Metro Bank One-Day Cup final the next day. The final round of the County Championship will begin on Thursday 26 September.
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