A long trip to Durham in the LV= County Championship will be first up for Somerset in the 2016 season which will kick off on Sunday 10th April.
As Matt Maynard predicted when he spoke exclusively to The Incider two weeks ago the club will play away from home for the first two games due to improvements to the drainage on the Taunton field. The second game at the Kia Oval will start a fortnight after the first from Sunday 24th against old foes Surrey before Somerset get to play in front of their home crowd for the first time in the season on Sunday 1st May when they welcome Jos Buttler and his Lancashire team-mates to the south west.
Another away trip follows immediately with a trip to Edgbaston to play Warwickshire from 8th May one week before champions Yorkshire head to Taunton.
The NatWest T20 Blast will then commence and again Somerset will start the campaign with two away fixtures. A trip to Canterbury on Friday 20th May to play a young and vastly improving Kent side will be followed 12 days later with a day out at Hove to play Sussex. Somerset will host Essex in the same competition for the first home game in this format on Friday 3rd June.
In a change to the schedule the first Royal London One Day Cup fixture follows immediately after on Sunday 5th June in a game that promises to be a cracker as trophy holders and local rivals Gloucestershire head to Taunton for the first of eight scheduled qualifying games in the tournament.
The next game in this format takes place at Surrey in a floodlit game before the same club visit Taunton just two days later for a T20 fixture.
There is an immediate return to 50-over cricket with away games at Essex and Kent before four consecutive 20-over fixtures including floodlit fixtures at Bristol and Lords.
The Pakistan touring team visit Taunton for a three-day game from Sunday 3rd July.
The T20 qualifying rounds will also end with two away games – at Cardiff in a floodlit fixture on Friday 22nd July and at Southampton one week later. If Somerset qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012 then this round of games starts from 8th August.
Four of Somerset’s last six 4-day games will be at home. The almost customary late season visit to Leeds will be the club’s final away game with Yorkshire playing host from Monday 12th September before the final home game against Nottinghamshire from Tuesday 20th September.
It promises to be a cracking season with Somerset already announcing new signings Chris Rogers and Roleof van der Merwe and hopeful of securing the services of Chris Gayle for part of the season too.
- Sunday 1st May: Lancashire (H) LV=CC
- Sunday 15th May: Yorkshire (H) LV=CC
- Friday 3rd June: Essex (H) NatWest T20 Blast
- Sunday 5th June: Gloucestershire (H) Royal London Cup
- Friday 1st July: Gloucestershire (H) NatWest T20 Blast
- Sunday 3rd July: Pakistan (H)
- Tuesday 20th September: Nottinghamshire (H) LV=CC
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