Yorkshire may have only one day’s cricket at Headingley in July next season – a Twenty20 Cup match against Derbyshire – but overall director of cricket Martyn Moxon is happier with the 2012 fixture list than in recent seasons.
As they seek an immediate return to Division One, Yorkshire’s opening four County Championship games are against teams who finished in the bottom three of the second division last season, including Kent home and away. They also entertain Essex and Leicestershire.
Moxon said: “No games are easy but it’s a good opportunity to get some early points on the board. We have started well in recent years but we need more consistency.
“Overall, it’s one of the better fixture lists we’ve had in a number of years. We’ve got a nice spread and there’s more preparation time between matches. We haven’t got any crazy journeys like we had last year.”
Yorkshire are contracted to take ten days of cricket to Scarborough and have yet to agree on the staging of the first Championship match of next summer at North Marine Road.
The annual festival will start on August 27 with a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Warwickshire, followed by a four-day game against Gloucestershire. There will also be a Friends Life t20 match against Nottinghamshire on Sunday June 24.
Yorkshire have also offered the Hampshire game on May 16-19 to Scarborough, but the town’s club prefer to stage Championship matches in the school holidays.
If Yorkshire were to abide by that, however, Headingley would be further starved of cricket in high summer, when they face four successive Championship away games.
“The only problem with the fixture list is the imbalance,” said Moxon. “There are a lot of home games at the start and a lot of away games in the middle.
“One day’s cricket at Headingley in July is obviously not good. If we happen to get rained off in April and May, it means our members aren’t going to see much cricket.”