Cricket live on Sky
Last Updated: 20/11/07 10:42am
Twenty20 Cup: holders Kent begin their defence against Sussex, live on Sky Sports
Sky Sports has confirmed its county cricket fixtures for next summer, with at least 65 matches scheduled for broadcast - more than ever before.
Every county will feature at least four times - including one home match - in the initial 49 fixtures selected by Sky together with the ECB.
The coverage includes:
Friends Provident Trophy: 14 matches including both semi-finals and final.
Twenty20 Cup: 18 matches including all least three quarter-finals for the first time.
NatWest Pro40: 31 matches including 23 day night games.
LV County Championship: Three live matches, including Sussex vs Lancashire.
Paul King, Sky Sports' cricket producer, said: "Next summer is our biggest yet. The schedule is a mouth-watering line-up of cricket that I'm sure will excite all cricket fans. We've got more matches than ever before too, underlining our unrivalled commitment to county cricket."
The schedule begins with Durham's home clash with Yorkshire in the Friends Provident Trophy on 20th April, followed by World Cup heroes Ireland against Nottinghamshire in Dublin the following week. 14 matches have been scheduled for broadcast from next year's competition, including both semi-finals for the first time and two extra day night games.
Twenty20 Cup fans are treated to another busy schedule of fixtures beginning with holders Kent Spitfires' opening match against the Sussex Sharks at Canterbury on 11th June.
18 live games have been scheduled, including for the first time at least three quarter-finals, plus the Finals Day in its entirety. Well will also bring you the first ever televised Twenty20 Cup match at Lord's.
The Worcestershire Royals' defence of their NatWest Pro40 crown begins against Nottinghamshire live on Sky Sports, the first of 31 live games from the competition, 23 of which are day night fixtures.
There is also one extra LV County Championship game next summer with three games scheduled, including Sussex's clash with Lancashire beginning on 29th June.
Coverage is in High Definition plus Dolby 5.1 surround sound, providing viewers with a cinema-like experience for those with compatible systems.
In the Sky Sports commentary box are some of the biggest names from cricket including Sir Ian Botham, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Bob Willis, David Lloyd, Michael Holding, Nick Knight and Paul Allott.
Coverage is presented by Charles Colvile and Ian Ward with daily reports, news and views featured on Sky Sports News and skysports.com.Sky Sports will also show England's home Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 matches against New Zealand and South Africa next summer, together with live coverage of all four county cricket competitions.
|County Cricket live on Sky|
|Sun 20 April||Durham v Yorkshire||FP Trophy|
|Sun 27 April||Ireland v Nottinghamshire||FP Trophy|
|Sun 4 May||Hampshire v Gloucestershire||FP Trophy|
|Mon 5 May||Surrey v Kent||FP Trophy|
|Thu 8 May||Sussex v Surrey D/N||FP Trophy|
|Fri 9 May||Glamorgan v Gloucestershire D/N||FP Trophy|
|Sun 11 May||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire||FP Trophy|
|Tue 20 May||Hampshire v Worcestershire D/N||FP Trophy|
|Thu 22 May||Derbyshire v Lancashire D/N||FP Trophy|
|Wed 28 May||TBC||FP Trophy|
|Wed 4 Jun||Quarter-Final||FP Trophy|
|Fri 4 July||Semi-Final||FP Trophy|
|Sat 5 July||Semi-Final||FP Trophy|
|Sat 16 Aug||Final||FP Trophy|
|Wed 11 June||Kent v Sussex||Twenty20 Cup|
|Thu 12 June||Worcestershire v Gloucestershire||Twenty20 Cup|
|Sat 14 June||Somerset v Warwickshire||Twenty20 Cup|
|Mon 16 June||Middlesex v Surrey||Twenty20 Cup|
|Tue 17 June||Lancashire v Durham||Twenty20 Cup|
|Thu 19 June||Worcestershire v Somerset||Twenty20 Cup|
|Fri 20 June||Lancashire v Yorkshire||Twenty20 Cup|
|Sun 22 June||Northamptonshire v Glamorgan||Twenty20 Cup|
|Mon 23 June||Hampshire v Surrey||Twenty20 Cup|
|Tue 24 June||Essex v Sussex||Twenty20 Cup|
|Thu 26 June||Yorkshire v Leicestershire||Twenty20 Cup|
|Fri 27 June||TBC||Twenty20 Cup|
|Mon 7 July||Quarter-Final||Twenty20 Cup|
|Tue 8 July||Quarter-Final||Twenty20 Cup|
|Wed 9 July||Quarter-Final||Twenty20 Cup|
|Sat 26 July||Finals Day||Twenty20 Cup|
|Tue 15 July||Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Wed 16 July||Essex v Yorkshire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Thu 17 July||Lancashire v Gloucestershire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Wed 23 July||Durham v Somerset D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Thu 24 July||Glamorgan v Surrey D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Mon 28 July||Derbyshire v Essex D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Tue 29 July||Leicestershire v Warwickshire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Mon 4 Aug||Middlesex v Somerset D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Tue 5 Aug||Essex v Surrey D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Wed 6 Aug||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Tue 12 Aug||Kent v Leicestershire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Wed 13 Aug||Hampshire v Sussex D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Tue 19 Aug||Nottinghamshire v Durham D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Thu 21 Aug||Derbyshire v Yorkshire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Sat 23 Aug||Somerset v Gloucestershire||NatWest Pro40|
|Sun 24 Aug||Middlesex v Hampshire||NatWest Pro40|
|Mon 25 Aug||Sussex v Lancashire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Wed 27 Aug||Gloucestershire v Middlesex D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Thu 28 Aug||Somerset v Worcestershire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Sat 30 Aug||Worcestershire v Gloucestershire||NatWest Pro40|
|Mon 1 Sep||Hampshire v Durham D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Tue 2 Sep||Surrey v Kent D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Sat 6 Sep||Hampshire v Worcestshire||NatWest Pro40|
|Sun 7 Sep||Leicesterhire v Northamptonshire||NatWest Pro40|
|Mon 8 Sep||Glamorgan v Derbsyhire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Tue 9 Sep||Yorkshire v Warwickshire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Wed 10 Sep||Nottinghamshire v Lancashire D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Thu 11 Sep||Sussex v Middlesex D/N||NatWest Pro40|
|Sat 13 Sep||TBC||NatWest Pro40|
|Sun 14 Sep||TBC||NatWest Pro40|
|Sun 21 Sep||Pro40 Play-Off||NatWest Pro40|
|29 Jun - 2 July||Sussex v Lancashire||LV County Championship|
|17 - 20 Sep||TBC||LV County Championship|
|24 - 27 Sep||TBC||LV County Championship|