The leisure spherical of the County Championship is upon us. The title is already safety in Essex’s hands, however there are peaceful essential concerns to be resolved around promotion and relegation. Here is what’s what as the summer attracts to a discontinuance.
Who goes down?
Yorkshire‘s nervy two-wicket hotfoot in opposition to Warwickshire has given them some respiratory room even supposing they peaceful ought to be alert in opposition to champions Essex. Six functions would possess safety definite for them no matter what occurs someplace else.
The principle consideration shall be on the Somerset-Middlesex match at Taunton. A upright relegation scrap. If Middlesex insist, Somerset are down. If Somerset insist and equal Middlesex’s quantity of bonus functions, Somerset would be forward of Middlesex by advantage of extra wins (4 to three).
Then it be about what Hampshire develop in opposition to already relegated Warwickshire. They for the time being fetch a 13-level cushion over Somerset. The functions they require to be stable will depend upon what occurs at Taunton, however the worst case for Hampshire is that they’ll need 12 – 13 functions come in for a plan with maximum bonuses (three bowling, 5 batting).
Surrey‘s victory over Somerset made them stable (and leapfrogged them into second plan with wonderful their second insist of the promoting campaign), however there may be jostling for plan which is of hobby (and price) for second plan between them and Lancashire at Worn Trafford. The runner-up earns £240,000 whereas third plan will get £115,000.
Who goes up?
Top-of-the-line scenario is to bellow it be in Worcestershire‘s and Nottinghamshire‘s hands. Worcestershire fetch to steal wonderful six functions from their match in opposition to Durham to stable promotion, whereas Nottinghamshire – who fetch stumbled when the title regarded there for the taking – fetch to steal 12 in opposition to Sussex to take any doubt.
Northamptonshire, even supposing, fetch approach up on the rails after polishing off a 124-run victory in opposition to Nottinghamshire. They fetch to insist in opposition to Leicestershire – who fetch now now not had a victory this season – and hope Durham and Sussex aid them out within the other two fixtures. The Division Two title comes with £120,000.