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Northamptonshire set to host South Africa tour matches in 2017

Sussex, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire are set to host South Africa tour matches in 2017

West Indies tour will include three day-games against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire

Worcester to host England Lions in three-day match against South Africa – with Lions also set to take on South Africa ‘A’


The ECB have today announced the full international programme for 2017 which will see ten different counties hosting tour matches and England Lions taking on international opposition in both red and white-ball cricket.

Sussex and Northamptonshire will each host South Africa in one-day warm-up games ahead of the three-match Royal London One-Day International series against England.

Leicestershire are also set for a T20 tour match against the same opposition subject to South Africa not being involved in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

The South African Test squad’s preparations for their four match Investec Test series against England will include a three-day game against England Lions at Worcester.

The Lions are also due to take on South Africa ‘A’ in three one-day games, one at Trent Bridge and two at Northampton, before the two teams meet again in  a four-day game at Canterbury. South Africa ‘A’s month-long tour will see tour match cricket return to Arundel – a ground with a long tradition of hosting international sides.

Later in the season, Essex, Kent and Derbyshire will each stage three-day tour matches against West Indies as part of the tourists’ build-up to a three match Investec Test Series against England. Leicestershire will also host the tourists in a two-day tour match if not involved in NatWest Blast T20 Finals’ Day.

ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “We’re very pleased to have agreed such a comprehensive touring programme for 2017 – a schedule which will provide fans with even more opportunities to see two international teams in action at county grounds; and help our Lions players test themselves against high quality opposition in both red and white-ball cricket.

“With this country also hosting the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women’s World Cup next season, 2017 promises to be a hugely exciting summer of cricket – and a strong platform to promote our sport to an even wider and more diverse audience.”


2017 Major Match Dates


England v Ireland Royal London ODIs


Fri 5 May                     1st Royal London ODI                          The Brightside Ground, Bristol

Sun 7 May                    2nd Royal London ODI                          Lord’s



South Africa Tour to UK


Fri 19 May                    1-day Tour match v Sussex (D/N)          1st Central County Ground,    Hove

Sun 21 May                  1-day Tour match v Northants                 Northampton

Wed 24 May                 1st Royal London ODI (D/N)                 Headingley     

Sat 27 May                   2nd Royal London ODI                          Ageas Bowl

BH Mon 29 May           3rd Royal London ODI                          Lord’s

Thu 1 – Mon 19 June   ICC Champions Trophy

Sun 18 June                 *T20 Tour match v Leicestershire*          Grace Road

Wed 21 June                1st NatWest IT20 (f)                              Ageas Bowl

Fri 23 June                  2nd NatWest IT20         The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Sun 25 June                 3rd NatWest IT20                                  SSE SWALEC, Cardiff

29 June-1 July              3-day v England Lions                           New Road

Thu 6-Mon 10 July       1st Investec Test                                  Lord’s

Fri 14-Tue 18 July        2nd Investec Test                                 Trent Bridge

Thu 27-Mon 31 July     3rd Investec Test                                  Kia Oval

Fri 4-Tue 8 Aug            4th Investec Test                                  Emirates Old Trafford



* match cancelled if South Africa qualifies for ICC Champions Trophy Final

All tour matches to be played 11-a-side with official status


West Indies Tour to UK


Tue 1-Thu 3 Aug           3-day Tour match v Essex                     Chelmsford

Sun 6-Tue 8 Aug           3-day Tour match v Kent                       The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury

Fri 11-Sun 13 Aug         3-day Tour match v Derbyshire              The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Thu 17-Mon 21 Aug     1st Investec Test                                  Edgbaston

Fri 25-Tue 29 Aug        2nd Investec Test                                 Headingley

Sat 2-Sun 3 Sept           +2-day tour match v Leicestershire+       The Fischer County Ground,

Grace Road

Thu 7-Mon 11 Sept      3rd Investec Test                                  Lord’s

Wed 13 Sept                 ODI v Ireland                                        Venue tbc

Sat 16 Sept                  NatWest IT20 (f)                                  Emirates Riverside

Tue 19 Sept                 1st Royal London ODI (D/N)                 Emirates Old Trafford

Thu 21 Sept                 2nd Royal London ODI (D/N)                 Trent Bridge

Sun 24 Sept                 3rd Royal London ODI                          The Brightside Ground, Bristol

Wed 27 Sept                4th Royal London ODI (D/N)                 Kia Oval

Fri 29 Sept                   5th Royal London ODI (D/N)                 Ageas Bowl


+ match played against an ECB XI if the County qualifies for T20 Finals’ Day

All tour matches to be played 11-a-side with three-day games having First Class status


Domestic Finals


Sat 1 July         Royal London One-Day Cup Final                      Lord’s

Sat 2 Sept        NatWest T20 Blast Finals’ Day                           Edgbaston


Note: both Domestic Finals have one reserve day allocated


South Africa A schedule

24 May                 arrive

25-26 May           practice

Sat 27 May         1-day v Yorkshire                                Headingley

BH Mon 29 May  1-day v Derbyshire                              The 3aaa County Ground, Derby               

Thu 1 June          1st A ODI v England Lions                    Trent Bridge

Sat 3 June            2nd A ODI v England Lions                 Northampton

Mon 5 June         3rd A ODI v England Lions (D/N)          Northampton

8-11 June             4-day v    Hampshire                        Ageas Bowl                           

14-17 June           4-day v Sussex                  Arundel (v Duke of Norfolk XI if Sussex in RL play-offs)

21-24 June           ‘A’ Test v Lions                      The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury


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