Yorkshire begin 150th Championship season at home to Sussex

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Anthony McGrath is still in negotiations with Yorkshire Anthony McGrath is still in negotiations with Yorkshire

Yorkshire begin their quest for the 2013 LV= County Championship title against Sussex at Headingley, starting on Wednesday, April 10.

The White Rose county, back in Division One for their 150th year, are faced with three Championship matches and two friendlies in the opening month, including a three-day fixture with Lancashire at Headingley (April 16-18).

Liam Plunkett will return to Durham (April 24-27) for their first away trip before the Clydesdale Bank 40 starts in May, with Somerset visiting Headingley on Saturday, May 11.

Yorkshire also face a 40-over match against Middlesex at Radlett just over a fortnight later. The final is at Lord’s on September 21.

Scarborough hosts Championship matches against Nottinghamshire (June 5-8) and Durham (August 28-31), while Yorkshire return to Chesterfield to face Derbyshire in the Championship for the second year running in mid-July.

The season ends against Surrey at The Oval on September 24-27.

County cricket’s fixture list is notorious for its quirks, often leaving teams with unenviable trips up and down the country’s motorways in a short space of time.

But, thankfully, Yorkshire have avoided any such issues: “It isn’t too bad,” said director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon, whose players returned to pre-season training at Headingley today.

“It’s perhaps not as good a spread as it was last season, but we’ve got nothing that’s absolutely terrible.

“We’ve got three home CB40 games on odd days. There’s a Saturday afternoon, a Tuesday afternoon and a Thursday afternoon, but I think we’ve got away with it pretty well other than that.”

Twenty20 runs between June 28 and August 17. Last season’s runners-up begin their campaign against Derbyshire at Headingley.

The Roses matches against Lancashire are at Headingley on July 5 and Old Trafford on July 24, with the latter one under lights on a Wednesday - a break from the norm of Friday night matches against the old enemy. The final is at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire go to Barbados on a pre-season tour for the fourth year running on March 11.

Meanwhile, Anthony McGrath is still in negotiations about extending his stay at Headingley.

APRIL
5-7 Leeds-Bradford – Headingley (UNI)
10-13 Sussex – Headingley (LV=CC)
16-18 Lancashire – Headingley (Friendly)
24-27 Durham – Chester-le-Street (LV=CC)
29-May 2 Derbyshire – Headingley (LV=CC)
MAY
5 Glamorgan – Colwyn Bay (CB40)
7-10 Somerset – Headingley (LV=CC)
11 Somerset – Headingley (CB40)
15-18 Warwickshire – Edgbaston (LV=CC)
19 Unicorns – TBC (CB40)
27 Middlesex – Radlett (CB40)
28-31 Somerset – Taunton (LV=CC)
JUNE
2 Gloucestershire – Headingley (CB40)
5-8 Notts – Scarborough (LV=CC)
9 Leicestershire – Scarborough (CB40)

12-15 Middlesex – Lord’s (LV=CC)
16 Gloucestershire – Bristol (CB40)
20 Middlesex – Headingley (CB40)
21-24 Surrey – Headingley (LV=CC)
28 Derbyshire – Headingley (FLt20)
30 Durham – Scarborough (FLt20)

JULY
5 Lancashire – Headingley (FLt20)
9 Leicestershire – Headingley (FLt20)

12 Durham – Chester-le-Street (FLt20)
14 Derbyshire – Chesterfield (FLt20)
17-20 Derbyshire – Chesterfield (LV=CC)
21 Nottinghamshire – Headingley (FLt20)
24 Lancashire – Old Trafford (FLt20)
26 Nottinghamshire – Trent Bridge (FLt20)
28 Leicestershire – Grace Road (FLt20)
AUGUST
2-5 Warwickshire – Headingley (LV=CC)

11 Leicestershire – Grace Road (CB40)
13 Unicorns – Headingley (CB40)
15 Somerset – Headingley (CB40)

21-24 Nottinghamshire – Trent Bridge (LV=CC)
26 Glamorgan – Headingley (CB40)
28-31 Durham – Scarborough (LV=CC)
SEPTEMBER

11-14 Sussex – Hove (LV=CC)
17-20 Middlesex – Headingley (LV=CC)
24-27 Surrey – Kia Oval (LV=CC)
Key – LV=CC: LV= County Championship Division One; CB40: Clydesdale Bank 40; FLt20: Friends Life Twenty20; UNI: University

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