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Old 5th February 2018, 13:00   #61
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Perhaps if these poorly performing counties want a better chance, it would be better to keep the top tier as 8 counties and split the 2nd tier into 2 conferences of 5 with the top team in each being promoted.
thats not a bad idea although still too few games in div 2 imo, and shouldnt be regional either. also i dont think the top divison if only 8 teams should be 2 down.
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Old 6th February 2018, 18:43   #62
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thats not a bad idea although still too few games in div 2 imo, and shouldnt be regional either. also i dont think the top divison if only 8 teams should be 2 down.
Maybe every county plays the counties in their conference twice and those in the opposite conference once (13 games in total).
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Old 6th March 2018, 10:33   #63
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Chief executives from "an overwhelming majority of counties" have come out in support of a formal proposal to split the County Championship into three conferences from 2020. The plan will be put to the ECB later this month and looks almost certain to go through.

What seems to have persuaded a number of counties is that because the plan reduces the number of County Championship matches from 14 to ten plus play-offs, they can use the space freed up in the fixture list to overturn the current plan to reduced the T20 Blast to ten group matches and retain the schedule of 14 Blast matches.

In other words, the counties want to trade off four CC matches for four T20 Blast games. You can see the financial sense in that, but what do people on here who are county members think of it in cricketing terms?
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Old 10th March 2018, 14:38   #64
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Chief executives from "an overwhelming majority of counties" have come out in support of a formal proposal to split the County Championship into three conferences from 2020. The plan will be put to the ECB later this month and looks almost certain to go through.

What seems to have persuaded a number of counties is that because the plan reduces the number of County Championship matches from 14 to ten plus play-offs, they can use the space freed up in the fixture list to overturn the current plan to reduced the T20 Blast to ten group matches and retain the schedule of 14 Blast matches.

In other words, the counties want to trade off four CC matches for four T20 Blast games. You can see the financial sense in that, but what do people on here who are county members think of it in cricketing terms?
I can see the financial sense in its rawest terms, but is it necessary? The new big city T20 tournament was supposed to be producing sufficient income to guarantee the counties' future wellbeing. So, either the clubs are suggesting this will not be the case, or they're getting greedy. I've written before about my fears that cricket will go down the Premiership route, where more money is never enough. Are the clubs pre-empting their future overspending?

In cricketing terms, it's bizarre to think that the most fascinating format of the game will be further shunted aside to make way for the dullest. But even when further marginalised at each end of the season, it will still be a Championship - not as thorough an examination of teams as it once was but a viable competition nonetheless. Whether it'll be sufficient to produce the players required for Team England, well I'm not sure player progress really works like that anymore. Nor do I believe that national team prowess is uppermost in the authorities' minds - as we know, there's little or no correlation between Test success and bodies through the gates.

It really comes down to less cricket for the f-c spectator, of which numbers are very few. As an enthusiast, I don't much like it but have been predicting it for years now, so it's no surprise.
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I can see the financial sense in its rawest terms, but is it necessary? The new big city T20 tournament was supposed to be producing sufficient income to guarantee the counties' future wellbeing. So, either the clubs are suggesting this will not be the case, or they're getting greedy. I've written before about my fears that cricket will go down the Premiership route, where more money is never enough. Are the clubs pre-empting their future overspending?

In cricketing terms, it's bizarre to think that the most fascinating format of the game will be further shunted aside to make way for the dullest. But even when further marginalised at each end of the season, it will still be a Championship - not as thorough an examination of teams as it once was but a viable competition nonetheless. Whether it'll be sufficient to produce the players required for Team England, well I'm not sure player progress really works like that anymore. Nor do I believe that national team prowess is uppermost in the authorities' minds - as we know, there's little or no correlation between Test success and bodies through the gates.

It really comes down to less cricket for the f-c spectator, of which numbers are very few. As an enthusiast, I don't much like it but have been predicting it for years now, so it's no surprise.
Couldnít have put it better myself. Couldnít have put it so well, to be honest. Depressing. Iíve already gone off professional football, and Iím in danger of going off professional cricket too.
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I already have gone off professional cricket.

I'm amazed how many feel the same way.
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Couldnít have put it better myself. Couldnít have put it so well, to be honest. Depressing. Iíve already gone off professional football, and Iím in danger of going off professional cricket too.
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Come and watch a bit of minor counties cricket. Very interesting, a decent standard and the 3 day championship still takes place across the summer.
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