Yorkshire Vikings limited-overs fixtures were released this morning with the White Rose set for an action-packed summer.
Discussing the white-ball schedule, Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Mark Arthur said: “There’s a lot of cricket and some exciting match-ups when we get into June, with some great games at Emerald Headingley, Scarborough and York.
“Having had a year without spectators, it will be a welcome return for members, supporters and players alike once the government give us the green light.”
David Willey’s side open their T20 campaign at Emerald Headingley on Thursday 10th June. Yorkshire will play two weekend games at home during the competition, whilst the Roses rivalry resumes on Friday 2nd July.
Should the Vikings reach a T20 quarter-final, the fixture cannot be played at Emerald Headingley with the ground in use at the time for the Test Match between England and India, an issue that Arthur stated would be a nice problem to have.
“It would be a pleasure to have that headache, so let’s get to the quarter finals first,” Arthur commented. “If we were able to play a game like that without Sky cameras, we would obviously look to take it to Scarborough. If not, then we would unfortunately have to forfeit home advantage.”
Ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup, the Vikings play national county side Northumberland away from home before starting their 50-over campaign at North Marine Road on Thursday 22nd July against Surrey. A further home match at Scarborough takes place on Wednesday 28th July, before two games at York on Tuesday 3rd and Friday 6th August.
“Scarborough has got a fantastic history of hosting wonderful cricket matches and York showcased exactly what they can do in 2019 when hosting the First-Class match against Warwickshire,” Arthur said. “Both clubs were sad to miss out last year but hopefully we can return to both grounds with spectators this summer.”
With dates for all of Yorkshire’s fixtures now confirmed, the only questions remain around opponents and venues for the divisional stage of the LV= County Championship. Given the new structure for the competition, these will not be confirmed until after the group stages have been completed, with the last group game scheduled to end on Wednesday 14th July. However, Arthur has indicated the likely date for the home match at North Marine Road.
Arthur said: “Whilst the fixtures for the divisional stages of the County Championship will not be confirmed until after the group stages are completed, I can confirm that we have asked the ECB to allocate us a home fixture at Scarborough for the second round of these games starting Sunday 5th September, which would then be the festival fixture.”