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15th January 2009

Sky Sports announce televised fixtures

Sky will cover two of Durham’s away fixtures starting with their LV County Championship clash against Somerset at Taunton (starting Tuesday 28 April), as well as the Dynamos floodlit NatWest Pro40 match against Sussex Sharks at Hove on Friday 28 August.

Three of Durham Dynamos home NatWest Pro40 matches be screened including their floodlit clash against Worcestershire Royals on Thursday 6 August, the match between last season’s Friends Provident Trophy winners Essex Eagles on Saturday 5 September and Notts Outlaws visit on Sunday 13 September.

Each county will be screened at least three times from the initial 47 fixtures selected by Sky Sports together with the ECB.  Matches will be shown in high definition.  The coverage includes:

• Friends Provident Trophy: Coverage begins with holders Essex against Northamptonshire on 19 April.  Sky Sports has scheduled 11 matches for broadcast from this year’s competition, including two day night games.

• Twenty20 Cup: 18 live matches begin with holders Middlesex in a derby clash with Surrey at Lord’s on 25 May.  Coverage includes all four quarter finals and the finals day in its entirety.

• NatWest Pro40: Holders’ Sussex trip to Essex on 13 July is the first of 31 live games from the competition, including a record 25 floodlit games.

• LV County Championship: Two matches from the LV County Championship game will be shown this summer, including reigning champions Durham against Somerset at Taunton from 28 April.

Paul King, cricket producer for Sky Sports, said: “This is another huge summer of domestic cricket on Sky Sports and we’ve got every county covered.  There’s something for everyone here; a feast of cricket with over 60 matches for the four major county competitions.”

Coverage is in High Definition plus Dolby 5.1 surround sound, providing viewers with a cinema-like experience for those with compatible systems.

The coverage is part of a summer of cricket on Sky which also includes England’s homes series against West Indies and, from July, the npower Ashes.

In the Sky Sports commentary box are some of the biggest names from cricket including Sir Ian Botham, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Bob Willis, David Lloyd, Michael Holding, Nick Knight and Paul Allott.  Coverage is presented by Charles Colvile and Ian Ward with daily reports, news and views featured on Sky Sports News and

Sunday 19 April                         Essex                            Northamptonshire        
Sunday 26 April                         Gloucestershire            Surrey
Monday 4 May                           Worcestershire             Nottinghamshire          
Monday 11 May                         Kent                              Middlesex                    
Tuesday 12 May                        Glamorgan                    Essex                                                    d/n
Wednesday 13 May                   Derbyshire                   Lancashire                                            d/n
Tuesday 19 May                                    TBC                  TBC                              
Tuesday 20 May                                    TBC                  TBC                              
Saturday 23 May                       Quarter final                 TBC                              
Sunday 5 July                           Semi Final                     TBC                              
Saturday 25 July                                   Final                 TBC                              

Monday 25 May                         Middlesex                     Surrey                          
Wednesday 27 May                  Somerset                      Warwickshire               
Sunday 31 May                         Leicestershire               Lancashire                   
Thursday 4 June                       Sussex                          Kent                                                    d/n
Monday 22 June                        Nottinghamshire            Yorkshire                     
Tuesday 23 June                       Hampshire                    Middlesex                                            d/n
Wednesday 24 June                  Worcestershire            Glamorgan                   
Thursday 25 June                      Derbyshire                    Lancashire                                         d/n
Friday 26 June                           Gloucestershire            Somerset                     
Saturday 27 June                      Surrey                           Middlesex                    
Sunday 28 June                                    TBC                               TBC                              
Monday 27 July                         Quarter finals double-header                           
Tuesday 28 July                                    Quarter final                 TBC                              
Wednesday 29 July                   Quarter final                 TBC                              
Saturday 15 August                   Finals Day                     TBC                              

Monday 13 July                          Essex                            Sussex                                                  d/n
Tuesday 14 July                        Warwickshire                Middlesex                                             d/n
Wednesday 15 July                   Worcestershire              Yorkshire                                              d/n
Tuesday 21 July                        Glamorgan                      Kent                                                     d/n
Wednesday 22 July                   Lancashire                     Surrey                                                   d/n
Tuesday 4 August                     Northamptonshire          Lancashire                                            d/n
Wednesday 5 August                Hampshire                     Yorkshire                                              d/n
Thursday 6 August                    Durham                          Worcestershire                                      d/n
Wednesday 12 August              Surrey                           Glamorgan                                            d/n
Thursday 13 August                  Gloucestershire             Somerset                                              d/n
Monday 17 August                     Somerset                       Sussex                                                  d/n
Tuesday 18 August                    Leicestershire                Kent                                                     d/n
Wednesday 19 August               Glamorgan                     Middlesex                                             d/n
Tuesday 25 August                    Hampshire                     Gloucestershire                                     d/n
Wednesday 26 August               Middlesex                     Lancashire                                            d/n
Thursday 27 August                  Kent                               Surrey                                                   d/n
Friday 28 August                       Sussex                          Durham                                                  d/n
Saturday 29 August                   Nottinghamshire           Worcestershire             
Monday 31 August                    Northamptonshire         Warwickshire               
Wednesday 2 Sept                    Nottinghamshire           Yorkshire                                              d/n
Thursday 3 Sept                        Essex                            Hampshire                                            d/n
Saturday 5 Sept                         Durham                         Essex                           
Monday 7 Sept                          Sussex                          Nottinghamshire                                   d/n
Tuesday 8 Sept                         Somerset                      Essex                                                    d/n
Thursday 10 Sept                      Yorkshire                      Gloucestershire                                     d/n
Friday 11 Sept                           Derbyshire                    Leicestershire                                        d/n
Sunday 13 Sept                         Durham                          Nottinghamshire          
Monday 14 Sept                        Worcestershire              Somerset                                              d/n
Wednesday 16 Sept                  Surrey                           Warwickshire                                        d/n
Saturday 19 Sept                       Hampshire                    Nottinghamshire                                  
Sunday 27 Sept                                     TBC                               TBC                              

28 Apr – 1 May                         Somerset                      Durham                                               
23 – 26 Sept                             TBC                               TBC                                          

d/n – day night games.
Fixtures correct at time of publication.
All subject to change.