Northants also plan to steer clear of Euro 2012 clash

Northamptonshire have moved their Friends Life t20 match against Glamorgan at Wantage Road next June to avoid a direct clash with England’s Euro 2012 football group match against Sweden.

The Glamorgan match was due to be played in Northampton on June 15 but has now been brought forward 24 hours in an attempt to swell the gate at Wantage Road.

“We came to this decision to change the fixture date so that our members and supporters would not have to choose between the two events,” said Northamptonshire’s acting chief executive David Beckett.

“This way we can all enjoy the Steelbacks’ first home Friends Life t20 match and, a day later, watch England’s Euro 2012 match.” Several other counties have already switched FLt20 fixtures to steer clear of clashes with England games.

Beckett, who has been in temporary charge at Wantage Road since Mark Tagg stepped down in October, will hand over the reins to former Leicestershire chief executive David Smith on January 3.

Smith, 55, will be returning to county cricket after an absence of more than 18 months after he resigned his Leicestershire post midway through the 2010 season.

He had been shortlisted for vacant chief executive posts at Cricket Canada and at Wellington, who had invited him to travel to New Zealand for a final interview later this month. But Smith has withdrawn from the running for both of those jobs having been confirmed as Tagg’s permanent successor at Northamptonshire.

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