The Bears return to Edgbaston a week later to begin their home account against Northamptonshire, on Sunday 19 April, which is followed by four more rounds of Championship cricket before the Vitality Blast campaign begins away to Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Friday 29 May.
This year’s Vitality Blast North group feature three Friday night games for the Bears and two Sunday fixtures, with the all-important home derby with Worcestershire Rapids taking place on Friday 10 July.
The Royal London Cup also starts against Somerset on Monday 20 July at Edgbaston. However, the tournament also marks Warwickshire’s return to the Edgbaston Community Sports Ground on Portland Road, after 59 years, with games to be played against Northamptonshire on Wednesday 22 July and Leicestershire on Tuesday 28 July.
Ahead of the Royal London Cup, the Bears travel to Cheshire to face the National County team with the venue to be confirmed.
The tournament will be played alongside the inaugural season of The Hundred, with the Bears’ Chris Woakes, Henry Brookes and Adam Hose linking up with Birmingham Phoenix men, who will play all four home games at Edgbaston starting against London Spirit on Saturday 18 July.
The return of county cricket sees an increase in the number of fixtures played over weekends, with 12 days confirmed across all three formats in 2020, including 10 in the Championship and two Sundays in the Vitality Blast. Three days of Championship cricket will also be played across Bank Holidays.
Other highlights for the 2020 season include two trips to Scarborough for meetings with Yorkshire in the Royal London Cup on Friday 24 July and County Championship on Sunday 23 August. The Bears also make a first visit to Cardiff since 2008, for the Royal London Cup game against Glamorgan on Thursday 6 August, a return to the Bristol County Ground for the first time since 2012 for the Championship match with Gloucestershire.
The Vitality Blast meeting with Worcestershire Rapids at Blackfinch Road comes on Friday 19 June.
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