Warwickshire County Cricket Club will start the 2019 Specsavers County Championship as they ended 2018, by taking on Kent at Edgbaston from Thursday 11 April.
Warwickshire who sealed the Division Two title of the Specsavers County Championship by defeating second placed Kent in the final game of 2018 will play at least one Championship game at home in each month of the coming season and finish at home to Yorkshire on Monday 23 September.
"We’ll play four of our first five Championship games at Edgbaston, which presents a good opportunity to build on our success of last year by making a strong start."
Ahead of the Kent fixture, the Bears will take on Leeds/Bradford MCCU in the traditional First Class curtain raiser on 5 April, and will follow the Championship opener by moving into the Royal London One-Day Cup window, which opens during the Easter holidays at home to Yorkshire on Friday 19 April.
Jim Troughton, First Team Coach at Warwickshire CCC, said: “The squad has been back in training for three weeks now, but the season always feels that little bit closer when the fixtures get released.
“With the ICC Cricket World Cup coming to Edgbaston in June and July, we’ll play four of our first five Championship games at Edgbaston, which presents a good opportunity to build on our success of last year by making a strong start.
“Our Championship fixture at home to Essex will be played away from Edgbaston, due to it being the contingency venue for the World Cup Final, and we’re working closely with the club management to assess all of our options for this game before confirming the venue.”
In addition to visits to the Cooper Associates County Ground Taunton, the Kia Oval, Canterbury, the Ageas Bowl, Chelmsford and Trent Bridge, Warwickshire will make a first visit to Clifton Park in York for only the second First Class game to be played in the historic city.