Fixtures 2016: County Cricket Reacts

Fixtures 2016: County Cricket Reacts

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Hampshire will begin the season against Warwickshire at the Ageas Bowl.

With the county cricket fixtures for 2016 announced this morning, county cricket fans, counties, journalists and players have been reacting to who they’ll face when the season rocks back into life.

Middlesex press officer Steven Fletcher:

The structure of the season is broadly the same as 2015, with a subtle change to the Royal London One-Day Cup scheduling, which will now be played in two blocks, alongside the Natwest t20 Blast.

One of the big talking points was Sussex’s decision to ditch the Horsham festival in 2016, the County will still play at Arundel but said commercial pressures meant they couldn’t sustain a second festival, but the move hasn’t been popular.

Whilst Sussex are cutting down on outground cricket, Lancashire are increasing it as they also announced a three year deal to stage Championship games at Southport.

Northamptonshire may not be playing any home games at outgrounds but will be touring the festivals next year, including Arundel, Scarborough, Chesterfield, Beckenham and Swansea, much to the delight of the local radio commentators.

The fixture list appears fairly, cutting down on some of the ridiculous scheduling that blighted the 2015 season, however there were still a few complaints, with Nottinghamshire having seemingly come out worse off.

2016 will also be a year of Roses battles with Yorkshire and Lancashire set to meet in all three competition, are the two are already looking ahead to those clashes.

The decision to allow visiting captains the opportunity to bowl first in the Championship has already caused much debate, something which is likely to continue throughout next season.

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