Durham to start title defence at Northamptonshire

CHAMPIONS ... Graham Onions, left, and Paul Collingwood, will hope to defend their title in 2014.
CHAMPIONS ... Graham Onions, left, and Paul Collingwood, will hope to defend their title in 2014.
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DURHAM will open the defence of their County Championship title at Northamptonshire on April 13.

Paul Collingwood’s side will travel to face the newly-promoted side at the County Ground a week after the new season starts, as they are not included in the first round of fixtures.

Durham won the title last season in emphatic fashion, winning 10 of their 16 games, and will be looking for another successful campaign in 2014.

A week after their opening game, Collingwood, Ben Stokes, Graham Onions and co will play their first home match, with Somerset the visitors to Emirates Durham ICG on April 20.

A home match against Yorkshire follows on May 4, while the season will end with the return fixture against Northamptonshire on September 15 and a trip to Warwickshire on September 23.

Durham will begin their NatWest T20 Blast campaign at home against Worcestershire Royals on May 16, while their Royal London 50 bid will start on July 27 at Somerset.

Full list of Durham fixtures:

Sun Apr 13 – Wed Apr 16 (CC): Northamptonshire CCC (away)

Sun Apr 20 – Wed Apr 23 (CC): Somerset CCC (home)

Sun May 04 – Wed May 07 (CC): Yorkshire CCC (home)

Sun May 11 – Wed May 14 (CC): Sussex CCC (away)

Fri May 16 (20): Worcestershire Royals (home)

Mon May 19 – Thu May 22 (CC): Somerset CCC (away)

Sun May 25 – Wed May 28 (CC): Nottinghamshire CCC (away)

Thu May 29 (20): Lancashire Lightning (home)

Fri May 30 (20): Nottinghamshire Outlaws (away)

Sun Jun 01 – Wed Jun 04 (CC): Middlesex CCC (home)

Fri Jun 06 (20): Warwickshire Bears (away)

Sat Jun 07 (20): Worcestershire Royals (away)

Thu Jun 12 (20): Yorkshire Vikings (away)

Sun Jun 15 – Wed Jun 18 (CC): Lancashire CCC (home)

Fri Jun 20 (20): Leicestershire Foxes (home)

Sun Jun 22 – Wed Jun 25 (CC): Sussex CCC (home)

Fri Jun 27 (20): Northamptonshire Steelbacks (away)

Sun Jun 29 (20): Derbyshire Falcons (home)

Fri Jul 04 (20): Nottinghamshire Outlaws (home)

Mon Jul 07 – Thu Jul 10 (CC): Yorkshire CCC (away)

Fri Jul 11 (20): Yorkshire Vikings (home)

Sun Jul 13 – Wed Jul 16: Warwickshire CCC (home)

Fri Jul 18 (20): Leicestershire Foxes (away)

Thu Jul 24 (20): Lancashire Lightning (away)

Fri Jul 25 (20): Northamptonshire Steelbacks (home)

Sun Jul 27 (50): Somerset CCC (away)

Tue Jul 29 (50): Kent Spitfires (away)

Thu Jul 31 (50): Warwickshire Bears (home)

Tue Aug 05 (50): Sussex Sharks (away)

Fri Aug 08 (50): Glamorgan CCC (away)

Sun Aug 10 (50): Middlesex Panthers (home)

Tue Aug 12 (50): Nottinghamshire Outlaws (home)

Thu Aug 14 (50): Surrey (home)

Fri Aug 15 – Mon Aug 18 (CC): Lancashire CCC (away)

Sun Aug 31 – Wed Sep 03 (CC): Nottinghamshire CCC (home)

Mon Sep 15 – Thu Sep 18 (CC): Northamptonshire CCC (home)

Tue Sep 23 – Fri Sep 26 (CC): Warwickshire CCC (away)