Middlesex begin county championship promotion hunt against Northants
PUBLISHED: 12:12 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 29 November 2017
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After the heartbreak and controversy surrounding the relegation of Middlesex from the Specsavers County Championship Division One in the summer, the club are looking to bounce back at the first opportunity next year.
And they will begin that quest at Lord’s on Friday, April 13 when they will take on Northamptonshire.
Middlesex were relegated on the final day of last season, finishing second from bottom by just one point.
The previous season they had won the title on the last day at Lord’s, but that joy was shortlived.
Northants only just missed out on promotion last season, finishing third in Division Two, so they will give Middlesex a tough test in their opening game.
The first away game will be the following Friday at Derbyshire, before Glamorgan are the visitors on Friday, April 27.
There is no Surrey in their division next year, but Middlesex visit Kent on Monday, June 25, with return fixture on Monday, September 10.
County Championship fixtures
Northants (h) April 13
Derbys (a) April 20
Glamorgan (h) April 27
Sussex (a) May 4
Gloucestershire (h) May 11
Leicestershire (a) June 20
Kent (a) June 25
Warwickshire (h) July 22
Northants (a) August 19
Sussex (h) August 29
Gloucestershire (a) September 4
Kent (h) September 10
Derbyshire (h) September 18
Durham (a) September 24
Meanwhile, Surrey will be one of their opponents in the Royal London Cup which begins in May.
Middlesex will start with a home game against Essex Eagles on May 17, while their first away game will be at Glamorgan on May 23.
They have home games against Kent (May 20), Hampshire (May 30), Surrey (June 3), while they travel to Sussex on May 25, Somerset two days later and Gloucestershire on June 6.
The play-offs for the one day competition is scheduled for June 14 with the final at Lord’s on June 30.
In the T20 Blast there are some mouth watering games scheduled for Lord’s as the team look to make their way into the latter stages of the competition.
Surrey will be the first visitors on Thursday, July 5, with Gloucestershire arriving three days later for a Sunday showdown.
Somerset visit North London on July 19 with Hampsire arriving exactly a week later.
The clash with Sussex Sharks will be on August 2, with Glamorgan arriving on August 5 and Essex Eagles completing the Middlesex home fixtures on Thursday, August 16.