Tough test awaits Leicestershire CCC on opening day of season
Leicestershire will be on the road when they start their LV County Championship next April.
The fixtures for the 2013 campaign have seen County handed a tough opening trip to face Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, on April 10.
Their first home fixture is an attractive one with the visit of Kent for a four-day game a week later.
Gloucestershire follow Kent to Grace Road on April 30, and the Gladiators are also the Foxes' first CB40 opponents, again at Leicester, on May 4.
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The FL t20 campaign starts with a mouth-watering trip to local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws on June 28, before back-to-back home fixtures against Derbyshire Falcons the following day and Durham Dynamos (July 5).
The Foxes' other t20 matches at Grace Road are against Notts (July 12), Lancashire Lightning (July 23) and Yorkshire (July 28).
Finals day returns to Edgbaston, where Leicestershire have twice triumphed, on August 17.
Leicestershire will host three tourist fixtures in 2013.
England Lions take on New Zealand in a four-day game starting on May 9, while England Under-19s face their Pakistan counterparts on August 12 in a one-day international. Pakistan then meet Bangladesh Under-19s two days later.
"We are happy with the schedule," said County chief executive Mike Siddall.
"It seems reasonably balanced. There is a bit of disappointment that we haven't got a home Championship game in July, but we are well aware of the difficulties of producing schedules.
"It is hellishly difficult to provide everybody with the cricket they want."
One game, in particular, that Siddall is looking forward to is the CB40 clash with Somerset at Grace Road on May 26.
"We haven't played them in this competition or the Championship for a number of years," said the County boss.
"But the CB40 groups have been mixed up this season and that is good to see. It should be a belter."
County have two Friday night t20 games with the others taking place on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
That fits in closely to what the Foxes would want – all they, and every other county side, would wish for now is better weather than that endured in the group stages this year!
Another high-spot for Siddall will be the visit of England Lions.
"That is a real opportunity for our members and supporters to come and watch the next England stars," he said.
"That should be a good game for everybody."
Leicestershire CCC fixtures 2013
Wed 10, Hampshire (CC) A
Wed 17, Kent (CC) H
Wed 24, Leeds/Bradford Uni (F) H
Tue 30, Gloucestershire (CC) H
Sat 4, Gloucestershire (CB40) H
Wed 8, Worcestershire (CC) A
Wed 15, Northamptonshire (CC) A
Tue 21, Glamorgan (CC) H
Sun 26, Somerset (CB40) H
Mon 27, Unicorns (CB40) A
Wed 29, Kent (CC) A
Sun 2, Middlesex (CB40) H
Sun 9, Yorkshire (CB40) A
Tue 11, Northamptonshire (CC) H
Sun 16, Somerset (CB40) A
Wed 19, Glamorgan (CB40) H
Fri 21, Essex (CC) H
Fri 28, Nottinghamshire (t20) A
Sat 29, Derbyshire (t20) H
Fri 5, Durham (t20) H
Sun 7, Lancashire (t20) A
Tue 9, Yorkshire (t20) A
Fri 12, Nottinghamshire (t20) H
Wed 17, Essex (CC) A
Tue 23, Lancashire (t20) H
Thu 25, Durham (t20) A
Fri 26, Derbyshire (t20) A
Sun 28, Yorkshire (t20) H
Fri 2, Lancashire (CC) H
Tue 6, t20 Quarter-finals
Wed 7, t20 Quarter-finals
Thu 8, t20 Quarter-finals
Sun 11, Yorkshire (CB40) H
Tue 13, Gloucestershire (CB40) A
Thu 15, Unicorns (CB40) H
Sat 17, t20 Finals Day Edgbaston
Wed 21, Glamorgan (CC) A
Sun 25, Glamorgan (CB40) A
Mon 26, Middlesex (CB40) A
Wed 28, Worcestershire (CC) H
Tue 3, Gloucestershire (CC) A
Sat 7, CB40 Semi-finals
Mon 9, CB40 Semi-finals
Wed 11, Lancashire (CC) A
Tue 17, Hampshire (CC) H
Sat 21, CB40 Final Lord’s