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New cricket season starts this weekend

The 2014 Gloucestershire team in front of the new pavilion. Credit: ITV News

The new cricket season gets underway this weekend. Gloucestershire begin their County Championship second division opener against Hampshire on Sunday.

It will be the first match to be played in front of the new pavilion - the centrepiece of an ongoing and major redevelopment of the County Ground.

Bristol City switch Notts County game

Bristol City switch home game with Notts County Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have announced that their home game with Notts County has been brought forward by 24 hours and will now be played on Good Friday 18th April.

Both clubs requested the change which has been agreed by the Football League.

It will give both clubs more time to prepare for their games on Easter Monday when City play at Stevenage and Notts County play Crawley.

Any match ticket purchased for the original date will still be valid but refunds will be available for those who cannot attend on the new date.

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Gloucestershire players ready for new season

The Gloucestershire team photograph for the new season Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucestershire players have posed for the traditional pre-season photograph ahead of their opening County Championship fixture. They play Hampshire on Sunday in the LV Championship at the new look County Ground in Bristol

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Seanan Clucas is back in the Bristol Rovers starting eleven today, replacing the injured Danny Woodards. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town continue their battle against relegation from the Championship as they take on fellow strugglers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

In League One, Swindon take their push for the play-offs to Carlisle, while Bristol City host Preston.

In League Two, Bristol Rovers travel to Wimbledon, with Cheltenham hosting Southend.

You can follow all the action with live text updates by clicking on the links below. All games kick-off at 3pm.

  • CHAMPIONSHIP

Blackpool v Yeovil Town

  • LEAGUE ONE

Bristol City v Preston North End

Carlisle United v Swindon Town

  • LEAGUE TWO

AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers

Cheltenham Town v Southend United

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