Matt discusses 2016 fixtures
Now that the 2016 fixtures have been announced we caught up with Director of Cricket Matt Maynard to get his thoughts.
“The fixtures don’t look too bad to me at a first glance,” he said. “The ECB have obviously looked at concerns of playing white ball cricket one day and then starting a four-day match the next. The different formats require different skills, so they have actually put some NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup games together, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out. I think there may well be some tough periods where we have a lot of travelling but it looks a bit better than last year and therefore is hopefully more spectator friendly for our terrific fans.
“We have had the work done on the ground so we asked for the first couple of matches to be away from Taunton and we have got that so our first home game isn’t until May 1st when we entertain Lancashire. This should give the ground plenty of chance to be 100% ready for that fixture.”
Highlights of the 2016 fixtures include:
- Sunday May 1st. Our opening home match in the County Championship First Division against Lancashire
- Sunday May 15th. We welcome current champions Yorkshire to the County Ground in the County Championship First Division
- Friday May 20th. Our first NatWest T20 Blast match of the season at Kent
- Friday June 3rd. Our first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Essex
- Sunday June 5th. Our first Royal London One-Day Cup match against local rivals Gloucestershire
- Monday June 27th. England Women take on Pakistan Women in a One-Day International at the County Ground
- Friday July 1st. We welcome local rivals Gloucestershire to Taunton in the NatWest T20 Blast
- Sunday July 3rd. We begin a three-day Tourist Match against Pakistan at the County Ground
- Tuesday September 20th. Our final County Championship First Division match of the season will see us welcome Nottinghamshire to Taunton
For a full list of our 2016 fixtures please click here: 2016 Fixture PDF
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