Nottinghamshire in Division Two as 2019 promotions for Lancashire, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire confirmed
The LV= Insurance County Championship will return to a two-division construction from subsequent season, reverting again to the break up that was due to are available in earlier than the disruption brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The choice, voted for by the first-class counties after discussions with the ECB, signifies that Nottinghamshire will go into Division Two subsequent 12 months – regardless of ending third general in 2021 and lacking out on the title by a handful of factors – and the 2019 promotions of Lancashire, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire will stand.
Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket, Mick Newell, stated that whereas the membership had been disillusioned on the end result they had been dedicated to taking over the problem of pushing for promotion to in 2022.
“We had hoped that the proposal put forward to play another year of first-class cricket in conferences, with the finishing positions to determine the divisional structure for 2023, would gain sufficient support,” Newell stated. “However, following the vote, that was not the outcome and consequently we will play our cricket in Division Two next year.
“This is, after all, disappointing, but it surely under no circumstances takes away from the achievements of our squad within the first-class sport over the previous two years, which culminated in a high three end in Division One in 2021.
“We expect some very competitive cricket to be played in the second division in 2022, the challenge of achieving promotion is significant and that will be a key focus for us heading into the new season.”
The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) stated that it backed the transfer, with 67% of males’s gamers surveyed in August supportive of two divisions.
Rob Lynch, the PCA’s chief govt, stated: “The PCA is supportive of the return to a two-divisional structure for the LV= Insurance County Championship, with the decision made following player consultation.
“We acknowledge that there was no excellent resolution throughout our membership and a few groups and gamers shall be disillusioned. However, with 67% of our present male professionals stating they needed a return to two divisions as quickly as doable, this was the most effective end result for our members.
“The PCA is comfortable with the consultation and voting process in line with ECB Constitution and we look forward to returning to two divisions in first-class cricket in 2022 and beyond.”
A swap again to two divisions had been broadly anticipated after two summers by which Covid had compelled restructuring. Last 12 months was the primary by which the Championship was not performed since World War 2, with the Bob Willis Trophy – that includes three regional teams and a ultimate at Lord’s – taking its place in a truncated calendar.
In 2020, the groups had been organised into three conferences, taking part in for qualification into certainly one of three divisions. The winners of Division One, Warwickshire, claimed the Championship pennant after which performed Lancashire for the Bob Willis Trophy.
County Championship 2022
Division One: Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Surrey, Warwickshire, Yorkshire
Division Two: Durham, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Sussex, Worcestershire