Cricket: Gloucestershire chief executive Will Brown excited by NatWest T20 BLAST fixtures

6:00am Thursday 28th November 2013

GLOUCESTERSHIRE chief executive Will Brown believes that the new Twenty20 format will be a big hit with fans next year.

The fixtures for the 2014 county cricket season were released this week and Gloucestershire have four home Friday night NatWest T20 BLAST fixtures scheduled at the Bristol County Ground with two T20 fixtures being played at the Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket Festival.

The T20 campaign kicks off when they welcome arch-rivals Somerset to Bristol on Friday, May 16, which is the only occasion the two teams are due to meet in all competitions.

Brown said: “It is great to have our fixtures confirmed for 2014.

“We are very excited that NatWest T20 BLAST matches are to be played predominantly on a Friday evening and are confident that these matches will prove to be an even bigger hit with our supporters.

“With two T20 fixtures scheduled during the Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket Festival – on what is a small outfield – our fans will be able to get even closer to the action.”

The majority of Gloucestershire’s home LV= County Championship matches start on a weekend and their bid for honours will begin at the County Ground when they welcome Hampshire on Sunday, April 13.

Fans will be also able to enjoy the new one day 50 over format, which takes place during the school summer holidays.

The Royal London One-Day Cup, replacing the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition, gets underway on Sunday, July 27 when Gloucestershire welcome Northamptonshire to the College Ground in Cheltenham.

The Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Monday, July 14 with a four-day LV=County Championship match against Derbyshire.

This will be followed by T20 clashes against Surrey on Friday, July 18 and Essex on Sunday, July 20.

The Championship campaign resumes on Monday, July 21 with a four-day local derby match versus Worcestershire.

Tickets for first One Day International to be played at the newly refurbished home of Gloucestershire went on sale to the general public on Monday.

The clash between England and India will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 2014.

Brown said: “2014 promises to be a landmark year for Gloucestershire Cricket. Our ground redevelopment project will be completed and we are welcoming back international cricket to the County Ground for the first time in three years.

“Gloucestershire has undergone an extensive redevelopment programme over the past 12 months which will culminate with the completion of the new Mound Stand in the spring of 2014.”

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