SOMERSET begin their 2021 County Championship campaign at the ‘Home of Cricket’, with their full red-ball schedule being revealed this morning.

April 8’s season opener against Middlesex at Lord’s is followed by their first home fixture on April 15, when local rivals Gloucestershire visit Taunton.

Next year’s County Championship structure sees a group stage followed by a divisional stage (August 30 to September 24).

The final between the top two teams in Division 1 will be held at Lord’s between September 27 and October 1.

Somerset’s group stage fixtures

Thursday, April 8 - Middlesex (away)

Thursday, April 15 - Gloucestershire (home)

Thursday, April 22 - Leicestershire (away)

Thursday, April 29 - Middlesex (home)

Thursday, May 6 - Hampshire (home)

Thursday, May 13 - Surrey (home)

Thursday, May 20 - Gloucestershire (away)

Thursday, June 3 - Hampshire (home)

Sunday, July 4 - Leicestershire (home)

Sunday, July 11 - Surrey (away)