T20 Blast 2017: Northants to start title defence at home to Derbyshire

T20 Blast 2017: Northants to start title defence at home to Derbyshire

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The 2017 T20 Blast fixtures have been released, with reigning champions Northants beginning their campaign with a home clash against Derbyshire.

Northants are bidding for a third T20 Blast crown in five years, after triumphing against Durham in this years final.

Paul Collingwood’s Jets will be hoping to go one better this year, after reaching their first final in 2016, and start at home to 2015 champions Lancashire.

Starting on July 7, this years competition will be played in a concentrated block in summer, rather than the qualifying stage being spread across three months as it has been previously.

The final will again be at Edgbaston, two weeks later than this year, on September 2.

Other notable fixtures to look out for include the two Roses battles, with the old rivals squaring off at Old Trafford on July 14, before meeting at Headingley on August 11.

Surrey head to Lord’s to take on London rivals Middlesex on July 13, while three-time champions Leicestershire conclude their qualification phase against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on August 18.

Opening Day Fixtures

Durham v Lancashire

Essex v Surrey

Glamorgan v Hampshire

Gloucestershire v Middlesex

Northants v Derbyshire

Worcestershire v Birmingham Bears

Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire

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