Monday 26 November 2012 

Bears start Championship Defence at Home to Derbyshire


Warwickshire will begin their defence of the LV County Championship at Edgbaston on Wednesday 10th April against Division Derbyshire at Edgbaston.

The Bears will play a further two games in the LV County Championship in April, taking on Durham at home on Wednesday 17th April, before taking on Championship runners-up Somerset on Thursday 25th April.

Finalists at Lords in 2012, the Bears begin their CB40 campaign in Group A at home to Kent on (Bank Holiday) Monday 6th May. They will also take on Netherlands, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Sussex and local rivals Worcestershire in the group stages of the competition.

After opening the Midlands/West/Wales group stages away at the Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Friday 5th July, the Bears will play their first Friends Life t20 home game in 2013 against the Welsh Dragons at Rugby School on Saturday 6th July.

Home games in the Friends Life t20 will follow at Edgbaston against the Steelbacks on Saturday 20th, Gloucestershire Gladiators on Wednesday 24th, the eagerly awaited local derby against Worcestershire on Friday 26th and conclude against Somerset on Tuesday 30th July.

Ashley Giles, Director of Cricket, said: “As LV County Champions we’re aware that most counties will have even more motivation when facing us in the new season, which is why we returned to pre-season training in November, to ensure we’re in the best possible shape for our defence of the trophy.

“We’re happy to be starting at home in the LVCC and the CB40, whilst the Friday night game against Worcestershire in the Friends Life t20 is sure to create the special local derby atmosphere that Edgbaston has become renowned for.”

In 2013 the Club will also take a match in the Friends Life t20 to Rugby School, where the Bears will face the Welsh Dragons on Saturday 6th July. This will be the first time that an out ground has been used since 2005, when the Bears face Hampshire at Stratford-upon-Avon CC in the LV County Championship.

Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Edgbaston, said: “We have looked to reintroduce one outground venue for the first home fixture in the group stages of the FLt20, following what we hope will have been a busy and successful period at Edgbaston in hosting the Final and four prestigious group games in the ICC Champions Trophy

“The match at Rugby School will give our fans in Coventry and to the east of the county in particular the chance to experience the action in what we believe will be a picturesque and atmospheric setting.

“Rugby School has done a great job in hosting several 2nd XI fixtures over recent seasons, and the Club will reveal more details in due course at”

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