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Re: Madness
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 19/03/2020 19:32
Cricinfo and The Cricketer report that in reaction to women’s cricket seeing the abolition of the County Championship (a 50-over competition contested by 35 counties as well as Scotland and Netherlands) and the Kia Super League to leave the Twenty20 county competition (which has an uncertain future beyond 2021) and the The Hundred as the only top-level domestic women’s cricket, Middlesex, Surrey, Kent and Essex have launched their own 50-over competition for the 2020 season, with Sussex set to join in 2021 and Hampshire also interested in participating. Despite this looking like an unofficial breakaway competition, it has been approved by ECB.

Another reason why the need to create this competition was felt was because ECB have created eight regional centres of excellence for women’s cricket in line with the teams created for The Hundred, which effectively means that county cricket will cease to be the top level of women's cricket, and is a situation which some people (although I don’t think many people involved with Middlesex) fear could be replicated in men’s cricket.

Of course, no mention of plans for the 2020 season can be made without adding that it is subject to the coronavirus outbreak clearing sufficiently for said plans to be followed.

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