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Old 9th October 2017, 10:28   #1
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Countdown to the 2018 fixtures announcement

It's that time again.

I have now managed to complete the full set of release dates for the 2000s, filling in the missing dates for 2001, 2004 and 2006.

The 2017 fixtures were released on November 25+
The 2016 fixtures were released on December 2*
The 2015 fixtures were released on November 28
The 2014 fixtures were released on November 26
The 2013 fixtures were released on November 26
The 2012 fixtures were released on November 29
The 2011 fixtures were released on December 14
The 2010 fixtures were released on November 19
The 2009 fixtures were released on December 18
The 2008 fixtures were released on November 14
The 2007 fixtures were released on November 16
The 2006 fixtures were released on November 10
The 2005 fixtures were released on November 12
The 2004 fixtures were released on December 3
The 2003 fixtures were released on November 14
The 2002 fixtures were released on November 21
The 2001 fixtures were released on November 2
The 2000 fixtures were released on November 18

*The first matches in each competition were announced on December 1.
+The T20 Blast fixtures were released on November 24.

As this should be a very straightforward schedule to plan, with no dramatic changes anticipated, that ought to facilitate a prompt release. It's a football World Cup year, but the group games won't clash with the Blast as in some previous years.

If a post I read on Middlesex's forum is correct, a draft fixture list has already been drawn up and there could be more weekend Championship dates - maybe later in the season?

The 50 over cup final is on June 30 - effectively the same weekend as this year, which would suggest a similar structure. If it follows this year's basic layout, that would mean the opening fixtures v the MCCUs on Tuesday March 27, the opening County Championship games on Friday April 6, and the last day of the Championship on Thursday September 27. BUT late August/September may have a different look next year as the Blast finals day is not until September 15. This might facilitate some more weekend Championship cricket in early September.

One never knows, however, as sometimes they tinker with the layout anyway.

Last year the publication date was not announced officially until 3 days before the fixtures came out.
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MCC XI v Essex Mar 27-30, which will be a day-night fixture played with pink Dukes balls at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
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MCC XI v Essex Mar 27-30, which will be a day-night fixture played with pink Dukes balls at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Apart from giving a few dozen blokes a nice freebie holiday in the sunshine, I have absolutely no idea what the point of this fixture is.
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Apart from giving a few dozen blokes a nice freebie holiday in the sunshine, I have absolutely no idea what the point of this fixture is.
http://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2017/...-county-match/
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Aye, I read that earlier and thought it a load of old Graeme and Peters.
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First of the customary vague statements about the release date has emerged, and yes, it's as vague as they come. From Somerset's website:

Fixtures for 2018 are likely to be released in November.
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