After giving consideration to the potential impact that this year’s FIFA World Cup group fixture between England and Uruguay could have on the attendance at Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Somerset at the KIA Oval on Thursday 19 June, the club have received confirmation from the ECB that this fixture can be moved to a more suitable date to avoid any clashes with the football. This we hope will enable more of both Middlesex's and Somerset's supporters to attend the match and cheer on their respective teams without missing the football!
With such a busy cricketing schedule in June, finding an alternative date has not been straightforward, and we owe a debt of thanks to our friends at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, who have kindly agreed to move our four-day game at Trent Bridge forward a day to allow us to now play our NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Somerset a day earlier.
Confirmation of these amendments to the playing schedule are as follows:
Commenting on the change to the fixtures, Middlesex's Chief Executive, Vinny Codrington said "Given that many of our supporters and members will be keen to cheer on the home nation, as England go into battle against Suarez, Cavani and the rest of their Uruguayan opponents, we didn’t want to deprive them of that opportunity. To have reached agreement to move our NatWest T20 Blast encounter at the KIA Oval to the night before is the perfect solution for all concerned.
“Our trip to the KIA Oval will be a fantastic night of NatWest T20 Blast cricket, providing our fans with a unique experience of seeing the Panthers playing at London’s other Test match venue, and we’re delighted that Middlesex followers and lovers of Twenty20 cricket in the capital can now enjoy this brilliant spectacle without having to miss out on the excitement of England’s crucial FIFA World Cup clash the following evening.
"Our thanks go to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Somerset County Cricket Club, the ECB and to Surrey County Cricket Club for their flexibility and understanding in allowing us to resolve this issue satisfactorily."
Tickets to Middlesex's NatWest T20 Blast matches and our Tour match against the Indians at Lord's will go on sale in 7 DAYS - on Monday 3 February! Further details on how to purchase tickets will be available in due course.
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