Lancashire Cricket will play Leicestershire in their first match of the Bob Willis Trophy, the First-Class competition that is up for grabs this season instead of the County Championship.
Clubs will each play five matches in regionalised groups, with the two County’s that perform the best facing off in a five-day final at Lord’s which will start on Wednesday September 30.
The Red Rose’s schedule for the Bob Willis Trophy includes two home fixtures, one at Emirates Old Trafford and the other at Liverpool Cricket Club, due to Lancashire’s home being used by England Men for international games this Summer.
Both of Lancashire’s home fixtures will be behind-closed-doors games, but the Club intend to exclusively live-stream all five contests for fully paid 2020 Members and partners as a thank you for their continued support throughout this unprecedented time.
Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We were insistent that meaningful red ball cricket was at the top of our priorities for this summer and so we are overwhelmingly pleased to have a competition that finishes with a five-day final at Lord’s.
“Bob was not only a close friend but a visionary for the game and it’s fitting that we’ll be competing for a trophy named in his honour.
“It will be a physically demanding period, with five First-Class games in six weeks, but the players have been looking strong in the lead up to the season with the help of our excellent sport science and medical team.
“We will be going all out to win the competition and bring some joy to our Members after what has been a difficult period for everyone.”
Lancashire’s Bob Willis Trophy fixtures:
1-4 August: Leicestershire (A) – TBC
8-11 August: Durham (A) – Emirates Riverside
15-18 August: Nottinghamshire (H) – Emirates Old Trafford
22-25 August: Yorkshire (A) – Emerald Headingley
6-9 September: Derbyshire (H) – Liverpool CC, Aigburth