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Domestic Structure from 2010


Moderator of Moderators
Sep 22, 2005
Southend On Sea
Here is the agreed structure .. my thoughts are in red

The Domestic Structure, in accordance with ECB Articles, is subject to consultation with First Class Counties. The First Class Counties voted 13-5 to adopt the following domestic structure :
•LV = County Championship has been given priority in the fixture programme and has been confirmed as a two-division competition of 8 home and 8 away matches from 2010 - 2013.
I feel 3 divisions would be better .. with 2 up and 2 down through the leagues, it’ll lead to far fewer dead rubbers at seasons end as clubs battle to go up or avoid going down .. the only drawback would be you’d either only have 10 matches (but would avoid clashing with international matches) or an imbalance of 15 with some sides getting more home fixtures (awkward to work out I imagine)

•The enhanced Twenty20 competition will be played in pools of 9 teams on a geographic basis ( North v South) with the top four teams qualifying for the Quarter Finals from each pool from 2010 - 2013.
So its Essex vs K*nt/Sussex/Sorrey/Hants/Middx year on year still .. BORING !!!!!!!!!! .. also not competitive enough, cruise through in 4th and still qualify .. I say add the Scots and Irish 4 pools of 5 home and away .. top 2 through to quarters

•The domestic limited over competition will be played mainly on Sunday afternoon throughout the season consisting of 3 pools of 7 teams with 6 home and 6 away matches progressing to a Semi Final and Final in September. The power-plays and fielding restrictions will be the same as per International cricket but the match will be played over 40 overs.
so no practise for international 50 over cricket ... 21 teams ?? Scots Irish Dutch ?? .. and how do they get down to semis from there ?? I’m sure the ECB have a genius sub plot for this !!!!!!
There will be only one unqualified player permitted in the LV = County Championship and 40 over competition while two unqualified players will be allowed in the Twenty20.
Excellent .. limit the foreigners .. except this won’t effect the Kolpaks still will it ?? Northants will still roll up with 7 non British players in their side (including the captain and Vice captain)