English County Championship returns to two-division format

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Warwickshire had won the County Championship in 2021.© Instagram

The English County Championship will revert to a two-division structure from next season after two campaigns affected by the coronavirus, the England and Wales Cricket Council said on Thursday. The Bob Willis Trophy was introduced in 2020 and a three-group structure was used for this year’s first class competition. Next year, 10 teams will play in Division One and eight teams in Division Two, with a two-on-two promotion and relegation system.

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Each county will be placed in the division they should have competed in had the 2020 County Championship been held.

Lancashire, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire were promoted to Division 1 and Nottinghamshire were relegated to Division 2.

The return to two divisions, with each team playing 14 matches, was voted on by the first-class counties.

Promoted

Division 1: Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Surrey, Warwickshire, Yorkshire

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Second division: Derbyshire, Durham, Glamorgan, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Sussex, Worcestershire

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