County champions Surrey to visit SuffolkNovember 30, 2022
REIGNING county champions Surrey will visit Suffolk next season.
Woolpit CC will stage the Showcase fixture between Suffolk and the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One winners on Sunday, July 30th.
The 50-over-a-side match follows on from the success of Woolpit CC hosting the game versus Kent Spitfires last July which attracted a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators who saw the visitors win by 140 runs.
Suffolk head coach Andy Northcote, who is also club professional at Woolpit CC, said: “Woolpit are once again honoured to host the showcase game in 2023.
“The Kent fixture was a huge success for the club and county, and Surrey can expect to be hosted equally well. Our attitude towards making this day a fun festival of cricket and relevant to all corners of Suffolk cricket runs true for this coming year. Tickets will go on sale shortly.”
Alec Stewart, Director of Cricket at Surrey CCC, said: “We’re looking forward to playing Suffolk next season as part of our preparations for the One Day Cup competition. It will be valuable experience for our squad and our first visit to Woolpit CC which I’m sure we will enjoy.”
The Showcase fixture versus Surrey will be the highlight of Suffolk’s 2023 fixtures, which starts with four double-header NCCA T20 group matches followed by four NCCA Trophy group games.
These will be followed by four NCCA Championship Eastern Division One games, which will see Suffolk return to Copdock & Old Ipswichian CC, who missed out on a fixture last season.
Ipswich School will host T20 fixtures versus Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, with Suffolk facing Lincolnshire at Woodhall Spa and Hertfordshire at Welwyn Garden City.
Sudbury CC and Mildenhall CC will stage the NCCA Trophy ties against Shropshire and Cheshire on successive days over the May Bank Holiday weekend. These will be followed by trips to Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Suffolk start their three-day programme at home to Staffordshire at Bury St Edmunds and finish it at home to newly-promoted Buckinghamshire at Copdock.
Inbetween Suffolk will be away to Lincolnshire at Sleaford and Norfolk, the only side they will face in all three formats, again at Manor Park.
Northcote said: “As ever, the fixtures bring a mixture of feelings; joy to be playing at certain away grounds, understanding of the challenges others bring and above all excitement to get the season going.”
Surrey all-rounder Cameron Steel is pictured batting above.
Suffolk Fixtures 2023
All matches start at 11am unless stated:
Sunday, April 16th: v Bedfordshire at Bury St Edmunds
NCCA T20 competition
Sunday, April 23rd: v Cambridgeshire at Ipswich School
Sunday, April 30th: v Lincolnshire at Woodhall Spa CC
Monday, May 1st: v Norfolk at Ipswich School
Sunday, May 7th: v Hertfordshire at Welwyn Garden City CC
Sunday, May 21st: T20 Finals Day at Tring Park CC
NCCA 50-Over Trophy
Sunday, May 28th: v Shropshire at Sudbury CC
Monday, May 29th: v Cheshire at Mildenhall CC
Sunday, June 4th: v Norfolk at Horsford CC
Sunday, June 11th: v Cambridgeshire at TBC
Sunday, July 2nd: Quarter-Finals
Sunday, July 16th: Semi-Finals
Sunday, August 27th: Final
Sunday, July 9th-Tuesday 11th: v Staffordshire at Bury St Edmunds CC
Sunday, July 23rd-Tuesday 25th: v Lincolnshire at Sleaford CC
Sunday, August 13th-Tuesday 15th: Norfolk at Horsford CC.
Sunday, August 20th-Tuesday 22nd: Buckinghamshire at Copdock & Old Ipswichian CC
Sunday, September 3rd-Wednesday 6th: Championship Play-Off Final at West Bromwich Dartmouth CC
Sunday, July 30th: v Surrey at Woolpit CC
Tags: Andy Northcote, Showcase fixture, Surrey CCC, Woolpit CC
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