Old adversaries, Kent will be the visitors to The Cloudfm County Ground when Essex get their Bob Willis Trophy campaign underway early next month.
Kent will arrive in Chelmsford for the four-day Southern Group fixture, between August 1-4, with Essex set to stage three of their five matches at their home ground.
Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk, Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, said: “To have three of the games at home, given that we won all seven in the Championship here last year, will suit our attack, especially when you’ve got Simon Harmer and the seamers.
“We weren’t sure which way it would go with an odd number of matches, so we’re happy with our lot. I think you’d prefer to be around your home surroundings rather than going away in the first couple of games.
“Hopefully with us having been practising at Chelmsford for the last three weeks, it will give us a little bit of one up on the opposition.
“But given the circumstances, we’re just fortunate we’ve got some cricket; a few months ago we didn’t think we’d have anything. Everyone is excited to get going a week on Saturday and we don’t really mind where we’re playing as long as there’s some cricket.”
Essex’s Bob Willis Trophy Southern Group fixtures are as follows, with all matches currently to be staged behind closed doors:
August 1-4 v Kent (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
August 8-11 v Surrey (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
August 15-18 v Sussex (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove)
August 22-25 v Hampshire (Arundel Castle Cricket Club, Arundel)
September 6-9: Middlesex (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
September 30-Oct 4: Bob Willis Trophy Final (Venue to be confirmed).
Meanwhile, Essex Women also face Kent when they begin their campaign next week.
The pair go head-to-head at Billericay Cricket Club on July 27 in what will be a keenly contested a T20 clash.
Essex Women’s fixtures in full are as follows;
July 27 v Kent (Billericay Cricket Club) T20
August 1v Middlesex (Away) – London Championship (50-over)
August 3: Surrey (Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club) – London Championship (50-over)
August 6: Kent (Away) – London Championship (50-over)