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Twenty20 Cup: holders Kent begin their defence against Sussex, live on Sky Sports

Twenty20 Cup: holders Kent begin their defence against Sussex, live on Sky Sports

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Sky Sports has confirmed its county cricket fixtures for next summer, with at least 65 matches scheduled for broadcast - more than ever before.

Sky Sports' 'All The Sport You'll Ever Need' schedule includes live cricket every week throughout the winter. Click here for live listings

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

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

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 AprilDurham v YorkshireFP Trophy
Sun 27 AprilIreland v NottinghamshireFP Trophy
Sun 4 MayHampshire v GloucestershireFP Trophy
Mon 5 MaySurrey v KentFP Trophy
Thu 8 MaySussex v Surrey D/NFP Trophy
Fri 9 MayGlamorgan v Gloucestershire D/NFP Trophy
Sun 11 MayWarwickshire v NorthamptonshireFP Trophy
Tue 20 MayHampshire v Worcestershire D/NFP Trophy
Thu 22 MayDerbyshire v Lancashire D/NFP Trophy
Wed 28 MayTBCFP Trophy
Wed 4 JunQuarter-FinalFP Trophy
Fri 4 JulySemi-FinalFP Trophy
Sat 5 JulySemi-FinalFP Trophy
Sat 16 AugFinalFP Trophy
Wed 11 JuneKent v SussexTwenty20 Cup
Thu 12 JuneWorcestershire v GloucestershireTwenty20 Cup
Sat 14 JuneSomerset v WarwickshireTwenty20 Cup
Mon 16 JuneMiddlesex v SurreyTwenty20 Cup
Tue 17 JuneLancashire v DurhamTwenty20 Cup
Thu 19 JuneWorcestershire v SomersetTwenty20 Cup
Fri 20 JuneLancashire v YorkshireTwenty20 Cup
Sun 22 JuneNorthamptonshire v GlamorganTwenty20 Cup
Mon 23 JuneHampshire v SurreyTwenty20 Cup
Tue 24 JuneEssex v SussexTwenty20 Cup
Thu 26 JuneYorkshire v LeicestershireTwenty20 Cup
Fri 27 JuneTBCTwenty20 Cup
Mon 7 JulyQuarter-FinalTwenty20 Cup
Tue 8 JulyQuarter-FinalTwenty20 Cup
Wed 9 JulyQuarter-FinalTwenty20 Cup
Sat 26 JulyFinals DayTwenty20 Cup
Tue 15 JulyWorcestershire v Nottinghamshire D/NNatWest Pro40
Wed 16 JulyEssex v Yorkshire D/NNatWest Pro40
Thu 17 JulyLancashire v Gloucestershire D/NNatWest Pro40
Wed 23 JulyDurham v Somerset D/NNatWest Pro40
Thu 24 JulyGlamorgan v Surrey D/NNatWest Pro40
Mon 28 JulyDerbyshire v Essex D/NNatWest Pro40
Tue 29 JulyLeicestershire v Warwickshire D/NNatWest Pro40
Mon 4 AugMiddlesex v Somerset D/NNatWest Pro40
Tue 5 AugEssex v Surrey D/NNatWest Pro40
Wed 6 AugWarwickshire v Northamptonshire D/NNatWest Pro40
Tue 12 AugKent v Leicestershire D/NNatWest Pro40
Wed 13 AugHampshire v Sussex D/NNatWest Pro40
Tue 19 AugNottinghamshire v Durham D/NNatWest Pro40
Thu 21 AugDerbyshire v Yorkshire D/NNatWest Pro40
Sat 23 AugSomerset v GloucestershireNatWest Pro40
Sun 24 AugMiddlesex v HampshireNatWest Pro40
Mon 25 AugSussex v Lancashire D/NNatWest Pro40
Wed 27 AugGloucestershire v Middlesex D/NNatWest Pro40
Thu 28 AugSomerset v Worcestershire D/NNatWest Pro40
Sat 30 AugWorcestershire v GloucestershireNatWest Pro40
Mon 1 SepHampshire v Durham D/NNatWest Pro40
Tue 2 SepSurrey v Kent D/NNatWest Pro40
Sat 6 SepHampshire v WorcestshireNatWest Pro40
Sun 7 SepLeicesterhire v NorthamptonshireNatWest Pro40
Mon 8 SepGlamorgan v Derbsyhire D/NNatWest Pro40
Tue 9 SepYorkshire v Warwickshire D/NNatWest Pro40
Wed 10 SepNottinghamshire v Lancashire D/NNatWest Pro40
Thu 11 SepSussex v Middlesex D/NNatWest Pro40
Sat 13 SepTBCNatWest Pro40
Sun 14 SepTBCNatWest Pro40
Sun 21 SepPro40 Play-OffNatWest Pro40
29 Jun - 2 JulySussex v LancashireLV County Championship
17 - 20 SepTBCLV County Championship
24 - 27 SepTBCLV County Championship

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