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Re: 2021
Seaxe_man1 08 October, 2020 19:23
Due to Covid 19 I believe I saw that Handscombs contract extended by a year to compensate. Might well apply to SL.

Re: 2021
chunkyinargyll 16 October, 2020 13:20
The three group format for the first ten matches has been agreed, followed by the four matches once the group stages are completed. Top two in each group go through to Division 1, places 3 & 4 Division 2, and 5 & 6 in to Division 3.

Our group comprises-]


Some interesting opponents there including the prospect of Middlesex v Middlesex 2nd XI Gloucestershire home and away.

Re: 2021
BeefyRoberts 16 October, 2020 14:20
All looks rather slightly regionalised to me.
With the franchise rubbish being done ( cant say played) maybe a good few outgrounds could get used.
Have the big derbies been kept for a reason?
Middlesex v Mexicans
Yorkshire v Lancashire
Worcestershire v Warwickshire

Let's just hope we can get to games next year.
A rather crazy set up with top 2 going here, others there and everywhere.
Why 2 trophies after saying this year with BWT was a ' one-off'
Why not call the CC the 'Bob Willis County Championship supported by (sponsor)'?
As usual, it's never easy when ecb set things up!

Re: 2021
Primrose Hillbilly 16 October, 2020 17:34
Beefy's comment about the incongruous name for the tournament validated by the following from an article on him by Paul Allot :

"Bob always cared, and had a mission, largely unfulfilled, to bring about a slimmed-down county structure. It began on the boundary at Nagpur during a four-month tour of India in 1981-82 - my first England trip, his tenth. Sheets of foolscap were filled by a new domestic schedule, with four-day matches separated from one-day cricket to allow rest and practice; some Tests were standalone fixtures. Bob was 20 years ahead of his time. Later, he co-founded the Cricket Reform Group, which championed the game's restructuring. "

The issue of how to determine a clear "win or lose" result in the event of a drawn game, has been perplexing the administrators, but a solution will be unveiled next week.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 16/10/2020 17:35 by Primrose Hillbilly.

Re: 2021
Jonathan Winsky 16 October, 2020 19:36
For many years, there have been suggestions that the County Championship should be played in a conference structure, with there being arguments for and against the merits of this. This is now set to become reality, albeit with this format appearing to initially be in force for 2021 only, and albeit with the ECB press release interestingly not featuring the word ‘conference’ at any point.

This format sounds like it could be exciting, as all 18 counties will begin the season with the prospect of becoming county champions, and every match is likely to have something riding on it. Time will tell whether the format is deemed a success or whether it is felt that there should be a return to two divisions for 2022. The press release says “Review and consultation to be held during 2021 with counties and other stakeholders on the men’s domestic structure for 2022 and beyond”, although history suggests that it is doubtful whether the views of members or supporters will be sought or taken into account.

From a Middlesex point of view, it is great news that we will start the 2021 season with it possible that we could win the County Championship, although I was kind of looking forward to seeing whether we could finally gain promotion from division two, which is what our aim would have been had a two-division structure been retained. Our aim for 2021 will instead be to finish as high as possible in the tables in both stages of the competition.

My guess why the press release makes a couple of references to the impact of Covid-19 is because ECB are understandably uncertain whether it will be possible for every match in the 2021 season to be played, meaning that it would be easier (or would result in less of a blow to integrity) to play a shortened season under the proposed structure than it would be with a two-division structure. Hopefully the measures the government has taken this week and the hard work that is going on in laboratories worldwide will minimise the possibility of Covid-19 disrupting the 2021 season and maybe even enable grounds to admit spectators.

Re: 2021
VincentVanDerVictory 17 October, 2020 14:41
Good in depth analysis post from Primrose on 7th October; I pretty much agree with all of it.

Re: 2021
Mart 18 October, 2020 11:03
Wouldn't be against Nash, but a bit of a sticking plaster solution (good for a couple of years, but no more).
Nash's career record a lot better. Average 37 .23 24 tons 67 half tons 1000 4 times.

Nash's last 4 fc seasons;

2017: 21 inns, 578 runs, 27.5 avg
2018: 17, 383, 22.5
2019; 24, 667, 29
2020; 4, 78, 19.5

Not sure id want him in the side

Nash has retired. He starts a finance job tomorrow.

Re: 2021
BeefyRoberts 18 October, 2020 13:41
Seen today, that the one day county competition is to revert back to a regionalised group format next season. This was put as a link to a Daily Mail article.
So, the minor counties hopes of involvement look to have been stopped before it started.
Why, oh why cant they just leave something alone? The open draw idea for groups was a great idea for this season, all hope of it staying has gone before it started!

Re: 2021
Seaxe_man1 19 October, 2020 19:34
The change group didn't fancy that Beefy. Danger the members might approve.

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