Sky Sports will show 60 live county games this summer, plus England's Ashes warm-up at Essex
Last Updated: February 28, 2013 5:20pm
Can County Champions Warwickshire defend their title this season?
Sky Sports will show each county at least three times this summer, with 60 live fixtures from the Yorkshire Bank 40, LV=County Championship and Friends Life t20.
In addition, our cameras will be at Essex when they host the England team for their Ashes warm-up match.
The live schedule includes:
Yorkshire Bank 40: Coverage begins on May 3 and features 27 live matches, including 16 day-nighters, both semi-finals and the final live from Lord's in September.
Friends Life t20: Sky Sports will show 31 games live, including at least 13 day-nighters, all four quarter-finals and Finals Day live from Edgbaston on 17 August.
LV=County Championship: The first of two matches from the LV=County Championship on Sky Sports is Somerset v Warwickshire on April 25-28.
Ashes Warm Up: The England team will head to Chelmsford to face Essex in their Ashes Warm Up Test on June 30.
""We can't wait for it all to start in April.""
Paul King, Cricket Executive Producer
The season begins live on Sky Sports with the LV=County Championship and seven-time champions Warwickshire heading to Somerset on April 25. Warwickshire won the competition last year, finishing 24 points clear of second-placed Somerset. The Yorkshire Bank 40 competition begins with Essex facing last year's champions, Hampshire. Hampshire won the competition beating Warwickshire by virtue of losing fewer wickets with the scores level.
Hampshire also won the Friends Life t20 competition, ensuring their title as limited overs champions of 2012. The first match from the tournament this summer will see them face Surrey on June 26 at the Ageas Bowl. On June 30, England will play a first-class warm-up game before the Investec Ashes against Essex. England played a similar match against Warwickshire in 2009 before the Ashes series which ended in a Draw.
County cricket is just one part of Sky Sports' live cricket schedule for 2013, which includes both Ashes series this year, all England's home Investec Test Series, NatWest Series One-Day Internationals and NatWest International T20 matches against New Zealand and Australia. The ICC Champions Trophy, which begins in June, is also part of the Sky Sports summer of cricket. The tournament is being hosted in England and Australia will be looking to retain their 2009 title where they beat New Zealand by six wickets, in 45.2 overs.
The England Women's team will feature in three NatWest Women's International t20 matches live on Sky Sports over the summer. They will play against the Australia Women's side in August, live from Chelmsford, Hampshire and Durham.
Looking ahead to the new season Paul King, Cricket Executive Producer for Sky Sports, said: "2013 is the year that cricket takes centre stage with the ICC Champions Trophy in England followed by back-to-back Ashes series and the domestic game has a chance to ride on that wave. Hampshire were the limited overs kings last year but there'll be a number of sides who fancy stealing that crown, while the Championship will also be closely fought. We can't wait for it all to start in April."
Some of the biggest names from the sport will be in the Sky Sports commentary box for county games, including Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Bob Willis, David Lloyd, Michael Holding, Nick Knight and Paul Allott. County coverage is presented by Ian Ward and Charles Colvile with daily reports, news and views featured on Sky Sports News and skysports.com.
Viewers can also keep up-to-date with Sky Go which allows Sky TV customers with Sky Sports access across a range of devices. Customers are be able to watch live streaming of every Sky Sports channel on laptops, computers, tablet and mobile devices. Sky Sports customers will be able to watch an outstanding line-up of live cricket on the move and free of charge.
Confirmed Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures
Friday 3 May: Essex v Hampshire (d/n)
Saturday 4 May: Leicestershire v Gloucestershire
Sunday 5 May: Durham v Essex
Monday 6 May: Middlesex v Glamorgan
Wednesday 8 May: Nottinghamshire v Kent (d/n)
Friday 10 May: Northamptonshire v Sussex (d/n)
Saturday 11 May: Yorkshire v Somerset
Sunday 12 May: Derbyshire v Lancashire
Wednesday 15 May: Kent v Worcestershire (d/n)
Wednesday 22 May: Hampshire v Lancashire (d/n)
Thursday 23 May: Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire (d/n)
Wednesday 29 May: Derbyshire v Surrey (d/n)
Thursday 30 May: Sussex v Warwickshire (d/n)
Saturday 1 June: Worcestershire v Warwickshire
Monday 3 June: Essex v Surrey (d/n)
Tuesday 4 June:Middlesex v Somerset (d/n)
Friday 21 June: Nottinghamshire v Sussex (d/n)
Saturday 22 June: Durham v Hampshire
Monday 24 June: Northamptonshire v Worcestershire (d/n)
Wednesday 14 August: Glamorgan v Middlesex (d/n)
Thursday 15 August: Derbyshire v Durham (d/n)
Monday 19 August: Warwickshire v Worcestershire (d/n)
Tuesday 20 August: Lancashire v Hampshire (d/n)
Monday 26 August: TBC
Saturday 7 September: YB40 Semi Final
Monday 9 September: YB40 Semi Final
Saturday 21 September: YB40 Final
Confirmed Friends Life t20 fixtures
Wednesday 26 June: Hampshire v Surrey (d/n)
Friday 28 June: Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire (d/n)
Saturday 29 June: Leicestershire v Derbyshire
Monday 1 July: Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (d/n)
Tuesday 2 July: Derbyshire v Lancashire (d/n)
Wednesday 3 July: Glamorgan v Warwickshire (d/n)
Thursday 4 July: Middlesex v Essex (d/n)
Friday 5 July: Yorkshire v Lancashire
Saturday 6 July: Durham v Nottinghamshire
Sunday 7 July: Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
Monday 8 July: Essex v Kent (d/n)
Tuesday 9 July: Yorkshire v Leicestershire
Monday 15 July: Surrey v Essex (d/n)
Tuesday 16 July: Sussex v Middlesex (d/n)
Wednesday 17 July: Northamptonshire v Somerset (d/n)
Tuesday 23 July: Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire
Wednesday 24 July: Lancashire v Yorkshire (d/n)
Thursday 25 July: Durham v Leicestershire
Friday 26 July: Warwickshire v Worcestershire (d/n)
Saturday 27 July: Worcestershire v Somerset
Sunday 28 July: North Group TBC
Monday 29 July: Kent v Hampshire (d/n)
Tuesday 30 July: Mid/Wales/West Group TBC
Wednesday 31 July: South Group TBC
Tuesday 6 August: FL T20 QF Double Header
Wednesday 7 August: FL T20 QF
Thursday 8 August: FL T20 QF
Saturday 17 August : FL T20 Finals Day
Confirmed LV= County Championship fixtures
Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 May: Somerset v Warwickshire
Tuesday 24 - Friday 27 September: TBC
Ashes Warm Up
Sunday 30 June - Wednesday 3 July: Essex v England
d/n = day-night game | Fixtures correct at time of publication. All subject to change.