Nottinghamshire will begin their County Championship campaign against Surrey at Trent Bridge on Sunday 10 April, quickly followed by a trip to Emirates Old Trafford to face Lancashire.

And Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell believes the quality and stature of the two newly promoted counties is indicative of a strong Division One.

"When you look at the strength of the division, there are no easy matches," he said.

"We’re playing the two newly promoted teams in the opening two games, but they are two big clubs with Test Match grounds and good players in both teams.

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"We’re keen to get off to a good start, as they will be. It’s a very strong looking division, but it’s difficult to predict too far ahead. Things will pan out during the course of the year.

"We’re a team that’s come fourth then third in the last two years – and we’re keen to be in that top half again."

Reigning champions Yorkshire are the visitors for the second home game of the season on Sunday 1 May, before a trip to Lord’s and a home match against Warwickshire completes the sequence of uninterrupted four day cricket prior to the NatWest T20 Blast opener.

Notts Outlaws will play five of their seven home NatWest T20 Blast matches on Friday nights - and the other two on Saturday afternoons.

Starting with the visit of the Birmingham Bears on 20 May, the Outlaws will also host Derbyshire Falcons, Durham Jets, Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes with 6.30pm starts on Friday evenings through to the middle of July.

Summer Saturday afternoons against Lancashire Lightning and Worcestershire Rapids, meanwhile, provide perfect opportunities for a family outing.

"If we can get some momentum with a regular feeling of playing well and getting good crowds down here at Trent Bridge, that would be fantastic," said Director of Cricket Mick Newell on the NatWest T20 Blast.

"T20 is massively important for us - and we averaged over 10,000 people last season.

"We generally play pretty exciting cricket and – if you put on a good show in Nottingham – people will come and watch."

Following a trip to Fenner’s to face Cambridge MCCU, 

A bumper week of white ball action comes to Trent Bridge in early June with T20 matches against Lancashire Lightning and Derbyshire Falcons - and 50-over cricket versus  Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Warwickshire Bears - all in the space of a week starting on Saturday 4 June.

Moving into July, the successful Welbeck Weekender in 2015 sees the northern outpost rewarded with a 50-over local derby against Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday 24 July. Newell believes the Falcons are the perfect visitors for the occasion.

"Derbyshire are a really good choice of opponents at Welbeck because we can attract supporters from both sides," he said.

"This year, when we played Warwickshire and Glamorgan, there was a lot of Notts people there, but not so many from the opposition.

"Hopefully some Derbyshire supporters will come and I'm sure Welbeck will provide a nice, family, festival atmosphere."

The quarter-finals of both white ball competitions are scheduled for early to mid-August, followed by NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day on Saturday 20 August and the 50-over final at Lord’s on Saturday 17 September.

For supporters that like to travel away, T20 matches at Derbyshire and Leicestershire take place on Friday 24 June and Tuesday 12 July respectively - and there are out ground fixtures at Blackpool and Scarborough to look forward to.

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The 2015 season has seen dramatic last-gasp four day victories, thrilling limited-overs contests and an historic Investec Ashes Test, all in the unique surroundings of Trent Bridge.

Next season, we’d wager, will be no less enthralling and frankly we’d hate for you to miss out.

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