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Understanding the 2014 Lord's domestic fixture list

Middlesex play fifteen fixtures at Lord's in 2014
Middlesex play fifteen fixtures at Lord's in 2014

Middlesex play fifteen fixtures at Lord's as part of a rescheduled domestic season, following the results of the ECB's Morgan Review.

Some of these alterations affect the action at the Home of Cricket next year, while some of the more significant changes are less impactful on what happens at Lord's.

NatWest t20 Blast

For instance, while nearly 70% of the cricket played in the new NatWest t20 Blast competition across the country will take place on a Friday evening, there is no Friday night t20 cricket at Lord's next summer.

As has been the case in previous years, Lord's will host Middlesex's t20 fixtures on Thursday evenings and weekends, but with some significant differences.

The competition has been brought forward in the calendar from previous years, with all the group matches taking place over a ten-week period which begins on Friday 16 May.

And the action at Lord's starts with a bang the next day as Middlesex lead the first ever domestic t20 double-header in the UK, taking on both Sussex and Essex in one action-packed day. Middlesex play their other two t20s at Lord's on Thursday nights, against Gloucestershire and local rivals Surrey.

The quarter-finals and finals day at Edgbaston will take place in August.

LV= County Championship

Another reccomendation taken on board through the Morgan Review was that LV= County Championship fixtures should start on a Sunday - with 67% of this season's matches doing so.

This rises to 83% at Lord's, with all-but-one of the six Middlesex four-day fixtures being played at the Home of Cricket starting on a Sunday and running through to Wednesday - the exception being their clash with Durham, which starts on Tuesday 9 September.

Royal London One-Day Cup

A new competition to replace the domestic 40-over trophy of recent seasons, the Royal London One-Day Cup will be played as a 50-over competition - in line with ODI cricket - and throughout the latter part of the year.

The Road to Lord's begins in late July with all the group fixtures and the quarter-finals taking place during the school summer holidays. The inagural final takes place at Lord's on Saturday 20 September.

View the full 2014 Lord's Fixture List

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