The first over of the new cricket season will be bowled on Sunday. In Taunton, Somerset begin their County Championhsip Division One campaign against Yorkshire and they have much to prove after battling against relegation last season.
And Gloucestershire host Hampshire in Division Two, hoping that a new-look County Ground can help usher in a new era of success.
Our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth reports:
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.
Gloucestershire's Coaching Director, John Bracewell says he is confident that his squad will be competitive in all forms of cricket when the new season gets under way this weekend.
He told ITV News West Country's sports Correspondent Mattihas Kurth that the batting line up is particularly strong and that success in the Twenty20 is a financial priority.