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Order of Play / Key Timings



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  • 1 hours before play commences in the LV= Insurance County Championship
  • 1 hour before play commences in the 50 over Metro Bank Cup
  • 2 hours before Vitality Blast matches (subject to change, please check match preview on day before each fixture for confirmed gate opening times)




Here is an example order of play for a Vitality Blast fixture starting at 6:30pm. For game specific information, please read the Match Preview which is posted on this website 24 hours before each game.

Hours of Play: 2023 LV= Insurance County Championship<

  • Start – 11.00am
  • Lunch – 1.00pm – 1.40pm
  • Tea – 3.40pm – 4.00pm
  • Close – 6.00pm

Matches which begin in September will start 30 minutes earlier with all of the above timings brought forward. On each of the first three days there is provision for playing time to be extended by the amount of time lost in that day up to a maximum of 30 minutes.

Hours of Play: 50 over Metro Bank One Day Cup (Assumes non-floodlit)

  • Start – 11:00am
  • Interval – 2:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Second session – 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Hours of Play:
Evening Matches Afternoon Matches Sky Sports Matches
Start 6:30pm 2:30pm 7:00pm
Interval 7:45pm – 8:00pm 3:45pm – 4:00pm 8:15pm – 8:30pm
Second Innings 8:00pm – 9:15pm 4:00pm – 5:15pm 8:30pm – 9:45pm

*Please note this is a generic timings table. For individual match timings, please see our fixture list.