Hampshire start with trip to Headingley

Craig White. Picture: Neil Marshall
Craig White. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire will begin their 2017 season with a visit to Yorkshire in the County Championship.

The Ageas Bowl outfit travel to Headingley for the division one encounter starting on Friday, April 7.

New first-team coach Craig White then welcomes champions Middlesex to the south coast for his first home fixture on April 14-17.

The former Yorkshire and England all-rounder will be hoping to steer his troops away from another relegation dogfight in the top tier.

Hampshire made a miraculous escape on the final day of the 2015 campaign, while they were only spared relegation last summer when Durham were demoted amid financial problems.

The 2017 campaign closes with a trip to Warwickshire on September 25-28, when they hope their top-flight status will not be on the line.

Cardiff MCCU visit the Ageas Bowl on April 2-4 for a pre-season friendly.

Hampshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup challenges begins with trips to Kent and Essex on April 27 and 30, respectively, before a first home clash against Middlesex on May 3.

And the eagerly-anticipated NatWest T20 Blast will kick-off on July 7 at Glamorgan.

A clash with Sussex at Hove follows on July 12 before, once again, Middlesex will be the opponents in the opening home contest (May 14).

Hampshire’s full 2017 fixture list...

APRIL

2 Hampshire v Cardiff MCCU (Ageas Bowl) UNI

7 Yorkshire v Hampshire (Headingley) CC1

14 Hampshire v Middlesex (Ageas Bowl) CC1

21 Hampshire v Yorkshire (Ageas Bowl) CC1

27 Kent v Hampshire (Canterbury) 50L

30 Essex v Hampshire (Chelmsford) 50L

MAY

3 Hampshire v Middlesex (Ageas Bowl) 50L

7 Hampshire v Gloucestershire (Ageas Bowl) 50L

10 Somerset v Hampshire (Taunton) 50L

12 Hampshire v Glamorgan (Ageas Bowl) 50L

14 Surrey v Hampshire (Kia Oval) 50L

17 Hampshire v Sussex (Ageas Bowl) 50L

19 Essex v Hampshire (Chelmsford) CC1

26 Somerset v Hampshire (Taunton) CC1

JUNE

3 Hampshire v Warwickshire (Ageas Bowl) CC1

8 Hampshire v South Africa A (Ageas Bowl) TOM

19 Lancashire v Hampshire (TBC) CC1

26 Hampshire v Somerset (Ageas Bowl) CC1

JULY

3 Surrey v Hampshire (Kia Oval) CC1

7 Glamorgan v Hampshire (SSE SWALEC) T20

12 Sussex v Hampshire (Hove) T20

14 Hampshire v Middlesex (Ageas Bowl) T20

21 Essex v Hampshire (Chelmsford) T20

23 Hampshire v Surrey (Ageas Bowl) T20

26 Somerset v Hampshire (Taunton) T20

28 Gloucestershire v Hampshire (Bristol) T20

AUGUST

1 Hampshire v Kent (Ageas Bowl) T20

3 Middlesex v Hampshire (Lord’s) T20

4 Hampshire v Essex (Ageas Bowl) T20

6 Hampshire v Lancashire (Ageas Bowl) CC1

10 Hampshire v Glamorgan (Ageas Bowl) T20

11 Kent v Hampshire (Canterbury) T20

18 Hampshire v Somerset (Ageas Bowl) T20

SEPTEMBER

5 Hampshire v Surrey (Ageas Bowl) CC1

12 Middlesex v Hampshire (TBC) CC1

19 Hampshire v Essex (Ageas Bowl) CC1

25 Warwickshire v Hampshire (Edgbaston) CC1

CC1 County Championship division one

50L Royal London One-Day Cup

T20 NatWest T20 Blast

TOM Tour match (four days)

UNI University (three days)