WORCESTERSHIRE’S return to the top flight of English cricket will see them welcome Yorkshire to New Road in the first round of fixtures.
The Pears will welcome the 2014 champions for a glamour home encounter to kick off the 2015 LV= County Championship Division One on Sunday, April 12.
The four day fixture is a repeat of the opening Division One fixture in 2011 after Worcestershire’s last promotion which attracted sizeable crowds.
Worcestershire’s second Championship clash at New Road will be against Somerset in early May before the visit of the New Zealand tourists for a four-day match in the middle of the month.
The eagerly awaited derby matches with Warwickshire will take place at Edgbaston from May 9 with the return at New Road beginning on June 14.
Friday night will again be NatWest T20 Blast night and the Rapids will be looking to build on reaching the quarter-finals last season.
Their 2015 campaign gets underway away to the Birmingham Bears on May 22 before New Road tastes action in the competition for the first time seven days later with the visit of three times winners Leicestershire Foxes.
Yorkshire will also be Worcestershire’s first home opponents in the 50 over Royal London One-Day Cup on July 30.
There will be at least 47 days first team cricket at New Road between April and September.
Visit www.wccc.co.uk for the full 2015 fixture list