Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lancs Blast off Their T20 Bid at Old Trafford

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lancs Blast off Their T20 Bid at Old Trafford

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LANCASHIRE will start their T20 Blast bid at home when they face Worcestershire on July 5. Lancashire won the tournament for the first time in 2015, but have since failed to make it out of the group stage following two disappointing campaigns.

Next year, three of their opening four matches will be at Emirates Old Trafford, with 2016 champions Northamptonshire and Derbyshire visiting Manchester, with Lightning's first away match at Derby on July 6. The first Roses clash of the campaign is at Emirates Old Trafford on July 20, with the Red Rose travelling to Yorkshire on August 9 for the Headingley return. Both games are usually sell-outs.

Lancashire, who are yet to name an overseas signing for next year's competition, end the group stage with home and away games against Birmingham Bears - where former head coach Ashley Giles is now sporting director - with a trip to Durham inbetween.

The quarter-finals are set for August 23-26, with Finals Day again at Edgbaston but later than usual on September 15.

Lancashire's Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures are announced at 11am today.

Head coach Glen Chapple said: "The announcement of next season's fixtures is always an exciting time of the year and brings us a step closer to the 2018 season. The T20 Blast is getting bigger and better every year now and we are close to securing an overseas signing for this competition which will give us a big boost.

"The T20 title in 2015 at Edgbaston still lives long in the memory and we're all desperate to get back there in 2018. We've got a good record in that competition and our home form is outstanding, and we are determined to get a good run going next season."

Meanwhile, Lancashire Thunder will play two matches as part of double-headers at Emirates Old Trafford in an enlarged Kia Super League. …

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