Northants to open with visit of county champions

Northants will face Durham, who they beat in last year's Twenty20 quarter-final, in their 2014 season opener
Northants will face Durham, who they beat in last year's Twenty20 quarter-final, in their 2014 season opener
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Northamptonshire will welcome Durham to the County Ground to get their 2014 season under way.

The county champions come to Wantage Road on Sunday, April 13, as the County open their first top flight campaign since 2004.

Stephen Peters’ side face a tricky start to the year with a trip to Headingley in the second week followed by the visit of Lancashire before the end of April.

The Natwest t20, which the County will be defending, starts in the middle of May with Yorkshire their first opponenets in Leeds.

The first home game is a floodlit, and televised, affair with neighbours Leicestershire the visitors on Friday, May 23.

The replacement for the Clydesdale Bank 40, the Royal London 50, begins on July 27 when the County will travel to Cheltenham.

As has been the case in recent seasons, there will be a tour fixture at the County Ground with Sri Lanka playing a four-day game at the start of June.

2014 fixtures

April 13 Durham Northampton LVCC

April 20 Yorkshire Headingley LVCC

April 27 Lancashire Northampton LVCC

May 5 Durham MCCU Durham University

May 11 Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge LVCC

May 16 Yorkshire Headingley T20

May 18 Middlesex Northampton LVCC

May 23 Leicestershire Northampton T20

May 29 Derbyshire Derby T20

May 30 Worcestershire New Road T20

May 31 Yorkshire Northampton LVCC

June 5 Sri Lanka Northampton TOUR

June 13 Yorkshire Northampton T20

June 15 Warwickshire Northampton LVCC

June 19 Warwickshire Edgbaston T20

June 20 Lancashire Old Trafford T20

June 22 Lancashire Old Trafford LVCC

June 27 Durham Northampton T20

June 29 Middlesex Lord’s LVCC

July 3 Warwickshire Northampton T20

July 4 Leicestershire Grace Road T20

July 6 Sussex Hove LVCC

July 11 Derbyshire Northampton T20

July 12 Somerset Northampton LVCC

July 18 Worcestershire Northampton T20

July 23 Nottinghamshire Northampton T20

July 25 Durham Durham ICG T20

July 27 Gloucestershire Cheltenham 50L

July 29 Worcestershire Northampton 50L

August 5 Yorkshire Northampton 50L

August 7 England U19 v Australia U19 19TM

August 8 Hampshire Ageas Bowl 50L

August 10 Leicestershire Grace Road 50L

August 11 Derbyshire Northampton 50L

August 14 Lancashire Emirates Old Trafford 50L

August 15 Nottinghamshire Northampton LVCC

August 21 Essex Northampton 50L

August 31 Somerset Taunton LVCC

Sept 3 England Women v India Women WIT20

Sept 9 Warwickshire Edgbaston LVCC

Sept 15 Durham Durham ICG LVCC

Sept 23 Sussex Northampton LVCC