Warwickshire County Cricket Club will begin the challenge for promotion from Division 2 of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship against Sussex in a home fixture at Edgbaston on Friday 13 April.
Four of the Bears’ first five Championship games will be played at Edgbaston, with the match against Sussex followed by a trip to Wantage Road to face Northamptonshire (Friday 20 April) and home matches against Derbyshire (Thursday 3 May) and Northamptonshire (Friday 11 May).
Following a window for Royal London One-Day Cup group games, Warwickshire then face Glamorgan in the Championship on Saturday 9 June.
It’s very exciting to receive the fixtures and begin our plans for the early part of the season; starting with a block of home games is a great opportunity for us.Jim Troughton
Jim Troughton, 1st Team Coach of Warwickshire CCC, said: “It’s very exciting to receive the fixtures and begin our plans for the early part of the season; starting with a block of home games is a great opportunity for us. However, we fully appreciate the challenge to get back up to Division 1 and we’re under no illusion as to how tough it’s going to be.”
The 10 team, 14-game format of Division 2 of the Specsavers County Championship will see the Bears miss home games against Leicestershire and Middlesex and away games to Derbyshire and Gloucestershire, with home and away fixtures against the other five teams in the division.
Edgbaston will once again host the final game of the season, with Kent the visitors on Monday 24 September.
The Royal London One-Day Cup, which Warwickshire won in 2016, starts at Edgbaston on Thursday 17 May against Derbyshire Falcons, with subsequent home fixtures in the North group against Northamptonshire Steelbacks (Wednesday 30 May), Leicestershire Foxes (Sunday 3 June) and Worcestershire Rapids (Thursday 7 June).
“As 2016 champions, we obviously had a disappointing Royal London One-Day Cup campaign,” said Troughton. “But one of the highlights of last season was the way that we transformed our T20 form and game plan in the middle of the season by getting to the final. We’re obviously looking to take this positive approach into our One-Day cricket in the new season, and we’re delighted to start our campaign with another home fixture.”
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