Worcestershire Seconds will launch their 2018 Championship campaign against local rivals Warwickshire at Portland Road, Ladywood in Birmingham.

The three-day fixture will take place on the old Mitchell and Butlers ground starting on April 24.

The County’s second match in the competition is also away, versus MCC Young Cricketers at High Wycombe from May 9.

Their opening home Championship game is scheduled for May 22, 23, 24 against Lancashire at Barnt Green although the venue is to be confirmed.

Worcestershire were in strong contention to win the North Group last summer, heading the table at one stage but finally finishing third.

In the Second Eleven Trophy, Worcestershire’s programme will begin against visiting Warwickshire at Barnt Green on May 1.

Their first away fixture will be two days later versus Derbyshire at Alvaston and Boulton.

Worcestershire also performed well in this 50 over format in 2017, winning their first four North Group matches and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the knockout stages.

Once again, the competition will mirror the first team’s involvement in the Royal London One-Day Cup with the Trophy games being bracketed together in a three week period during May.

Worcestershire will start their T20 campaign with the first of two Seconds T20 fixtures being held at Blackfinch New Road – against Durham on June 11.

The T20 consists of two fixtures on the same day, normally getting underway at 11.30am and 3pm.

Worcestershire finished second from bottom in 2017 but their four victories was still an improvement on their performance the previous summer.

Once again various grounds around the county will stage Second Eleven Cricket in 2018.

Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Barnt Green, Wolverhampton, New Road and designated second ground, RGS Worcester will be the venues.

Chester Road will host two Championship games and the four-day friendly with Surrey in September.

Barnt Green and Stourbridge will be the venues for the other home Championship matches.

The Trophy encounter versus MCC Young Cricketers in May and three games at the start of July where the venues have still be finalised are all away fixtures.

2018 FIXTURES

APRIL

4, 5 Worcestershire CCC Academy RGS Worcester F

8 Shropshire Wrekin College F

18,19,20 Somerset Taunton Vale F

24,25,26 Warwickshire Portland Road SEC


MAY

1 Warwickshire Barnt Green SET

3 Derbyshire Alvaston-Boulton SET

8 MCC YC VENUE TBC SET

9,10,11 MCC YC High Wycombe SEC

15 Nottinghamshire Kidderminster SET

17 Durham Hartlepool SET

21 Lancashire Barnt Green (TBC) SET

22,23,24 Lancashire Barnt Green (TBC) SEC

28,29,30,31 Gloucestershire Cheltenham Coll F


JUNE

5,6,7 Nottinghamshire Stourbridge SEC

11 Durham New Road ST20

12,13,14 Durham Kidderminster SEC

15 SET semi-finals

21 SET final

22 SET final reserve day

25 Northamptonshire New Road ST20

26,27,28 Northamptonshire Kidderminster SEC


JULY

2 Leicestershire Venue TBC ST20

3,4,5 Leicestershire Venue TBC SEC

16 Warwickshire Venue TBC ST20

18 MCC YC Wolverhampton ST20

26 Zimbabwe Academy Wolverhampton F

30 Yorkshire Marske ST20

31,1,2 Yorkshire Harrogate SEC


AUGUST

6,7,8 Derbyshire Belper SEC

9 ST20 finals day Arundel ST20

10 ST20 finals reserve day Arundel ST20

13,14,15,16 Warwickshire Barnt Green F

28,29,30 Glamorgan RGS Worcester F


SEPTEMBER

4,5,6,7 Second Eleven Championship final

3,4,5,6 Surrey Kidderminster F

17,18,19 Hampshire Ageas Bowl F