Hampshire begin promotion bid with visit of Foxes

Hampshire manager Giles White will be aiming to get off to a flying start when Leicestershire visit the Ageas Bowl in April. Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire manager Giles White will be aiming to get off to a flying start when Leicestershire visit the Ageas Bowl in April. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire will kick off their 2013 County Championship division two promotion bid against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday, April 10.

As Giles White’s men fight for a return to the top table of the domestic first-class game, they will also face Worcestershire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Kent and Glamorgan.

The Royals will be looking for a bold show in t20 cricket, too, as they aim to defend their title.

And Surrey will provide the first hurdle at the Ageas Bowl under lights on Wednesday, June 26.

The south group promises to be a hotly-contested division once again with Essex, Sussex, Middlesex and Kent all fighting for a trip to Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday, August 17.

Meanwhile, Hampshire begin the defence of their Clydesdale Bank 40 crown with a trip to the Essex Eagles on Friday, May 3.

Making up their group are the Scottish Saltires, Surrey, Durham Dynamos, Derbyshire Falcons and last summer’s semi-finalists Lancashire Lightning.

In friendly fixtures, Hampshire will play Loughborough University MCCU on Wednesday, April 17.

They are also due to lock horns with Bangladesh A in a 50-over match on Tuesday, August 6.

Entry will be free for both fixtures.

The Ageas Bowl will also host England one-dayers against New Zealand – on Sunday, June 2 – and Australia – on Monday, September 16.

Hampshire will also play host to a t20 international with the Aussies on Thursday, August 29.

England’s women are in t20 action against their Australian counterparts on the same day.

APRIL

10 Leicestershire, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

17 Loughborough UCCE, Ageas Bowl, Univ 3 days

24 Worcestershire, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

29 Essex, Chelmsford 4 days

MAY

3 Essex Eagles (F), Chelmsford, CB40 1 day

5 Scotland, Ageas Bowl, CB40 1 day

6 Surrey, KIA Oval, CB40 1 day

8 Gloucestershire, Bristol, LVCC 4 days

19 Durham Dynamos, Ageas Bowl, CB40 1 day

22 Lancashire Lightning (F), Ageas Bowl, CB40 1 day

23 Lancashire, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

29 Northamptonshire, Northampton, LVCC 4 days

JUNE

2 England v New Zealand, Ageas Bowl, ODI 1 day

5 Kent, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

12 Gloucestershire, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

18 Derbyshire Falcons (F), Ageas Bowl, CB40 1 day

22 Durham Dyanmos, Emirates Durham ICG, CB40 1 day

26 Surrey (F), Ageas Bowl, T20 1 day

28 Essex Eagles (F), Chelmsford, T20 1 day

JULY

5 Sussex Sharks (F), Hove, T20 1 day

8 Glamorgan, SWALEC Stadium, LVCC 4 days

12 Sussex Sharks (F), Ageas Bowl, T20 1 day

14 Middlesex Panthers, Richmond, T20 1 day

15 Kent, Canterbury, LVCC 4 days

19 Surrey (F) KIA Oval, T20 1 day

21 Kent Spitfires, Ageas Bowl, T20 1 day

26 Essex Eagles (F), Ageas Bowl, T20 1 day

29 Kent Spitfires (F), Canterbury, T20 1 day

31 Middlesex Panthers (F), Ageas Bowl, T20 1 day

AUGUST

2 Glamorgan, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

6 Bangladesh A, Ageas Bowl, Friendly 1 day

11 Essex Eagles, Ageas Bowl, CB40 1 day

13 Scotland, venue tbc, CB40 1 day

15 Surrey (F) Ageas Bowl, CB40 1 day

20 Lancashire Lightning (F), Old Trafford, CB40 1 day

26 Derbyshire Falcons, Derby, CB40 1 day

28 Lancashire, Southport & Birkdale CC, LVCC 4 days

29 England v Australia, Ageas Bowl, WT20 1 day

29 England v Australia, Ageas Bowl, ODI 1 day

SEPTEMBER

3 Northamptonshire, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

11 Worcestershire, New Road, LVCC 4 days

16 England v Australia (F), Ageas Bowl, ODI 1 day

17 Leicestershire, Grace Road, LVCC 4 days

24 Essex, Ageas Bowl, LVCC 4 days

LVCC London Victoria County Championship Division 2

T20 Friends Life t20

CB40 Clydesdale Bank 40

ODI NatWest Series One Day International

WT20 NatWest Women’s International T20

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