LV= Insurance 4-day First Class Cricket preview
With new sponsors, LV Insurance, England’s County Championship returned on Thursday, 8 April but most of the games were either drawn or called off. Supposedly just for this year, due to COVID-19, England’s premier first-class competition has a new format. In this article we will form a County Championship 2021 preview, starting from round two of the competition.
The 18 County teams have been divided into three groups of six, groups A, B, and C. Each team will play ten matches. They will face every team in their group twice, a match at home and a match away.
Teams will be awarded 16 points for a win, and 8 points for a draw. Additional performance points can be earned for batting and bowling feats during the first 110 overs of a team’s first innings.
The first stage of the competition will end with the top two teams from each group advancing to form Division One. The remaining teams from groups A, B, and C will form Divisions Two and Three.
Teams in Division One will then play a further round of matches. The team sitting at the top of Division One after this final round of matches will be named County Champions.
Furthermore, the five-day Bob Willis Trophy match will be contested between the newly crowned County Champions and the team that finished as Division One runners-up. The Bob Willis Trophy final is scheduled to start at Lord’s on Tuesday, 27 September.
Group A: Derbyshire. Durham. Essex. Nottinghamshire. Warwickshire. Worcestershire.
Group B: Gloucestershire. Hampshire. Leicestershire. Middlesex. Somerset. Surrey.
Group C: Glamorgan. Kent. Lancashire. Northamptonshire. Sussex. Yorkshire.
County Championship 2021 preview: Group A
Derbyshire vs. Worcestershire – The Incora County Ground, Derby
First round: Snow meant that Derbyshire drew their first game as did Worcestershire at Chelmsford. Derbyshire CCC struggled initially, due to Hannon-Dolby’s five-wicket haul.
Derbyshire: Billy Godleman (C) / Luis Reece / Anuj Dal / Leus du Plooy / Wayne Madsen / Matt Critchley / Harvey Hosein / Brooke Guest / Fynn Hudson-Prentice / Michael Cohen / Ben Aitchison / Sam Conners / George Scrimshaw
Worcestershire: Joe Leach(C) / Daryl Mitchell / Jake Libby / Tom Fell / Gareth Roderick / Jack Haynes / Brett D’Oliveira / Riki Wessels / Ben Cox / Ed Barnard / Dillon Pennington / Charlie Morris / Adam Finch
Warwickshire vs. Nottinghamshire – Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire
First round: Weather interrupted Warwickshire’s charge in their game and Nottinghamshire battled bravely throughout the final day to secure a draw.
Warwickshire: Will Rhodes(C) / Tim Bresnan / Danny Briggs / Henry Brookes / Michael Burgess / Olly Hannon-Dalby / Sam Hain / Matt Lamb / Craig Miles / Dan Mousley / Liam Norwell / Dom Sibley / Rob Yates.
Nottinghamshire: Steven Mullaney(C) / Jake Bell / Joe Clarke / Ben Compton / Ben Duckett / Luke Fletcher / Haseeb Hameed / Brett Hutton / Lyndon James / Tom Moores / Dane Peterson / Liam Patterson-White / Ben Slater / Peter Trego
Durham vs. Essex – The County Ground, Chelmsford
First round: Durham picked up 5 wickets on the last day but were held to a draw by Nottinghamshire in their previous game. Essex also drew their first game but Tom Westley scored a superb 213.
Durham: Scott Borthwick(C) / Chris Rushworth / Brydon Carse / David Bedingham / Stuart Poynter / Alex Lees / Ned Eckersley / Ben Raine / Jack Burnham / Alex Thomson / Paul Coughlin / Mike Jones / Matt Salisbury
Essex: Tom Westley / Nick Browne / Ben Allison / Sir Alastair Cook / Sam Cook / Simon Harmer / Feroz Khushi / Dan Lawrence / Jamie Porter / Matt Quinn / Shane Snater / Ryan ten Doeschate / Paul Walter / Adam Wheater
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County Championship 2021 preview: Group B
Middlesex vs. Hampshire – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
First round: Middlesex lost to Somerset in a tight encounter by 4 wickets and Hampshire eased past Leicestershire.
Middlesex: Stephen Eskinazi (C) / Martin Andersson / Ethan Bamber / Blake Cullen / Jack Davies / Steven Finn / Nick Gubbins / Tom Helm / Max Holden / Tim Murtagh / Sam Robson / Toby Roland-Jones / John Simpson / Robbie White
Hampshire: James Vince(C) / Lewis McManus / Kyle Abbott / Mohammad Abbas / Tom Alsop / Joe Weatherley / Mason Crane / Brad Wheal / Scott Currie / Sam Northeast / Liam Dawson / Felix Organ / Ian Holland
Leicestershire vs. Surrey – The Kia Oval, London
First round: Surrey lost to Gloucestershire by 8 wickets and Leicestershire were hammered by Hampshire.
Leicestershire: Colin Ackermann (C) / Hassan Azad / Harry Dearden / Alex Evans / Sam Evans / Gavin Griffiths / Lewis Hill / Dieter Klein / Ben Mike / Callum Parkinson / Rishi Patel / Harry Swindells / Chris Wright
Surrey: Rory Burns (C)/Hashim Amla/Gus Atkinson/Jordan Clark/Matthew Dunn/Ben Foakes/Will Jacks/Daniel Moriarty/Jamie Overton/Ollie Pope/Jamie Smith/Mark Stoneman/Reece Topley/Amar Virdi
Gloucestershire vs. Somerset – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
First round: A terrific afternoon of batting helped Gloucestershire triumph against Surrey and Somerset scored 285/6 , in their second innings, to beat Middlesex by 4 wickets.
Gloucestershire: Chris Dent(C) / James Bracey / David Payne / Jack Taylor / Josh Shaw / Graeme van Buuren / Ryan Higgins / George Hankins / Jack Taylor / Tom Lace / George Scott / Tom Smith / Miles Hammond / Kraigg Brathwaite
Somerset: Lewis Gregory(C) / Tom Abell / George Bartlett / Tom Banton / Eddie Byrom / Josh Davey / Steve Davies / Marchant de Lange / James Hildreth / Tom Lammonby / Jack Leach / Craig Overton / Roelof van der Merwe
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County Championship 2021 preview: Group C
Yorkshire vs. Kent – The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury
First round: Adam Lyth‘s century guided Yorkshire to safety, meanwhile snow also meant that Kent’s game ended in a draw.
Yorkshire: Steve Patterson(C) / Dom Bess / Harry Brook / Ben Coad / Matthew Fisher / Tom Loten / Adam Lyth / Duanne Olivier / Joe Root / Jonny Tattersall / Tom Kohler-Cadmore / David Willey
Kent: Daniel Bell-Drummond(C) / Jordan Cox / Zak Crawley / Miguel Cummins, / Joe Denly / Fred Klaasen / Jack Leaning / Matt Milnes / Marcus O’Riordan / Harry Podmore / Ollie Robinson / Darren Stevens / Grant Stewart
Lancashire vs. Northamptonshire – Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
First round: Snow had the final say on day four in Lancashire’s game and it also affected Northamptonshire’s fixture.
Lancashire: Dane Vilas(C) / Tom Bailey / Josh Bohannon / Steven Croft / Alex Davies / Tom Hartley / Liam Hurt / Keaton Jennings / Rob Jones / Danny Lamb / George Lavelle / Saqib Mahmood / Matt Parkinson / Luke Wood
Northamptonshire: Adam Rossington(C) / Gareth Berg / Nathan Buck / Ben Curran / Emilio Gay / Rob Keogh / Simon Kerrigan / Ben Sanderson / Tom Taylor / Charlie Thurston / Ricardo Vasconcelos / Alex Wakely / Jack White
Glamorgan vs Sussex – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
First round: In their previous games, Glamorgan drew to Yorkshire and Sussex saw their game called off.
Glamorgan: Chris Cooke(C) / Andy Balbirnie / Kiran Carlson / Tom Cullen / Dan Douthwaite / Michael Hogan / David Lloyd / Jamie McIlroy / Billy Root / Nick Selman / Callum Taylor / Timm van der Gugten / James Weighell
Sussex: Ben Brown (C) / Ollie Robinson / Jack Carson / Tom Clark / Henry Crocombe / George Garton / Tom Haines / Sean Hunt / Stuart Meaker / Delray Rawlins / Aaron Thomason / Stiaan van Zyl
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