Nottinghamshire fans should be sure to avoid booking a holiday in May because Mick Newell’s men are facing the prospect of 16 days of Trent Bridge action during the month.

The continuing redevelopment work at Trent Bridge will mean Notts spend the first three weeks of the season on the road before taking on Northamptonshire in the Friends Provident Trophy at their first home fixture on Sunday May 4.

That’s the first of a sequence of six consecutive home matches running through until May 23, including three attractive LV County Championship Division One games with Kent, Lancashire and defending champions Sussex.

Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “We have got some tough opening matches in the Championship with trips to Kent and Yorkshire, but that’s the challenge of Division One and one we’re looking forward to.

“We then have an opportunity to build up some momentum with consistent performances in front of our own supporters, once our home campaign gets underway.”

The new-look Friends Provident Trophy means that Notts will travel to take on Warwickshire and Ireland in April before return fixtures in May, as well as ties with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in the Midlands & East Division.

The Outlaws kick-off their Twenty20 Cup campaign with a home game against Durham Dynamos on Saturday June 14, followed by a meeting with local rivals Derbyshire Phantoms two days later.

With the tournament now extended in the group games so that every team plays each other home and away, there are five matches at Trent Bridge in all, finishing with an enticing clash with Yorkshire Phoenix on Friday June 27.

And Trent Bridge’s new permanent floodlights will be unveiled for the NatWest Pro40 match with Durham on Tuesday August 19, a week before the NatWest Series Floodlit One-Day International with South Africa.

Newell added: “All the players can’t wait to perform in front of the new stand and I know the floodlit game is one they are particularly looking forward to.” 

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