Record year of county cricket on Sky
Sky Sports will show more live county cricket next summer than ever before, with at least 69 live matches shown between April and September.
Every county will be shown at least three times with coverage of all major ECB competitions plus women’s and under-19s internationals. All matches will be shown in high definition.
The live schedule includes:
ECB 40 League
Coverage begins with Worcestershire against Sussex on April 25, and features 27 live group matches, including 18 day/nighters, one semi-final and the final from Lord’s in September.
Friends Provident t20
Twenty20 Cup holders Sussex begin their defence against Somerset in a repeat of the 2009 final, live on Sky Sports, the first of a record 38 live Twenty20 matches, including all four quarter-finals and finals day in its entirety.
LV= County Championship
Two matches from the LV= County Championship will be shown this summer, including reigning champions Durham against newly-promoted Kent, from May 17-20.
Women’s and Under-19s
Women’s World Champions England meet New Zealand in three Twenty20 matches in June and July. England U19 contest an ODI against Australia in August.
Sky Sports Cricket executive producer Paul King said: “This is going to be our biggest summer yet. Every county shown at least three times, all the big names and plenty of mouth-watering clashes.
“Our commitment to all levels of the game includes coverage of England’s women’s and Under-19 teams too.”
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.
County coverage is presented by Ian Ward and Charles Colvile with daily reports, news and views featured on Sky Sports News and skysports.com.
Sky Sports’ live schedule for 2010 includes all of England’s home Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches against Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Sky will also screen the NatWest Series matches between England and Australia and Pakistan’s ‘home’ series against Australia, held in England from July.
Matches will be screened live online via Sky Player, which is available via skysports.com, plus Sky Mobile TV which is available on selected networks for those with 3G phones.