County Championship fixtures: Essex start against Yorkshire

Simon Harmer
Simon Harmer was instrumental in Essex's T20 Blast and County Championship triumphs in 2019

County champions Essex will start their title defence in 2020 with a home fixture against Yorkshire in a much-changed schedule to last season.

The County Championship starts with six games on Sunday, 12 April, but Essex do not play until a week later.

In a season where the inaugural 100-ball competition, The Hundred, launches on 17 July, the T20 Blast group stage will be played from 28 May to 12 July.

The 50-over One-Day Cup runs alongside The Hundred in July and August.

A busy conclusion to the campaign in September sees the last round of County Championship matches begin on 22 September, as well as T20 Blast Finals Day and the One-Day Cup final at Trent Bridge.

Essex play the MCC in Galle, Sri Lanka, from 24-27 March in the domestic season's traditional curtain-raiser.

Key dates:

  • 24 March - MCC v Essex (four days)
  • 12 April - County Championship starts
  • 28 May - T20 Blast begins
  • 17 July - The Hundred starts
  • 19 July - One-Day Cup begins
  • 14 August - Women's Hundred final
  • 15 August - Men's Hundred final
  • 5 September - T20 Blast Finals Day
  • 19 September - One-Day Cup final
  • 22 September - final round of County Championship starts

10 teams in Division One

A reshuffle in 2019 saw three teams promoted from the second tier of the County Championship and one relegated from Division One, meaning 10 sides will compete in Division One and eight in Division Two in 2020.

All counties will still play 14 games in total, with some fixtures in Division One only taking place once.

Division Two champions Lancashire start with a home game against Kent on 12 April, while fellow promoted side Gloucestershire get under way with a visit to Yorkshire.

Northants, who finished in the third and final promotion place, begin with a trip to Warwickshire a week later.

The first Roses game between Yorkshire and Lancashire starts on 14 June at Scarborough, with the return fixture at Old Trafford beginning on 8 September.

Lancashire batsman Keaton Jennings on Twitter
England batsman Keaton Jennings is looking forward to facing Lancashire's Roses rivals

With a huge amount of limited-overs cricket and The Hundred scheduled in mid-summer, the County Championship takes a six-week break at the start of July and resumes on 23 August.

Opening round of 2020 County Championship fixtures (12-15 April)

  • Division One: Lancashire v Kent, Somerset v Warwickshire, Yorkshire v Gloucestershire
  • Division Two: Middlesex v Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire, Sussex v Durham

Week two Championship fixtures (19-22 April)

  • Division One: Essex v Yorkshire, Gloucestershire v Lancashire, Hampshire v Kent, Surrey v Somerset, Warwickshire v Northants
  • Division Two: Derbyshire v Leicestershire, Durham v Nottinghamshire, Glamorgan v Middlesex

All-change in limited-overs competitions

Somerset One-Day Cup winners
Somerset beat Hampshire to win the 2019 One-Day Cup trophy

The introduction of The Hundred sees major changes to the timings of the T20 Blast and One-Day Cup competitions.

The final of the 50-over tournament has been moved from late May to 19 September and has been switched from its traditional home of Lord's to Nottingham.

Holders Somerset get their defence under way against Warwickshire on 20 July.

T20 Blast Finals Day will take place two weeks earlier than last season on 5 September at Edgbaston. More matches will be on Thursday and Friday nights and at weekends, with the bulk of group games in June, compared to July and August in 2019.

The London derby between Surrey and Middlesex gets the competition under way on 28 May, while 2019 champions Essex Eagles start with a home game against Glamorgan a day later.

Full 2020 fixtures club-by-club

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONEDIVISION TWO
EssexDerbyshire
GloucestershireDurham
HampshireGlamorgan
KentLeicestershire
LancashireMiddlesex
NorthamptonshireNottinghamshire
SomersetSussex
SurreyWorcestershire
Warwickshire
Yorkshire

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