Royal London Cup showpiece relegated from a Saturday to a Thursday as ECB prioritise the Hundred’s first final with clash denying one-day cup competition over 100 leading players
- This year’s domestic one-day cup final will be on a Thursday rather than Saturday
- In break from tradition, move highlights its place in ECB’s new list of priorities
- Royal London Cup showpiece is set for August 19, two days before Hundred final
In a break from tradition and highlighting its place in the ECB’s new list of priorities, this year’s domestic one-day cup final will be held on a Thursday rather than a Saturday.
The Royal London Cup showpiece – at its new home of Trent Bridge – is set for August 19, two days before the inaugural final of the Hundred, a competition which will deny it more than 100 of the country’s leading players.
Edgbaston’s Twenty20 finals day has been confirmed for September 18, with Nottinghamshire’s title defence beginning with an away fixture against 2018 Vitality Blast champions Worcestershire.
The Royal London Cup showpiece will he held on a Thursday rather than a Saturday this year
The Blast, which once again incorporates a 14-game group stage plus quarter-finals, following the abridged version in last year’s Covid-hit season, begins on June 9.
The two Roses contests – fixtures which like finals day habitually sell out – are scheduled for July 2 at Headingley and July 17 at Emirates Old Trafford, the penultimate day of the group stage, while Surrey host Middlesex in a London derby on June 25.
It is hoped that some form of crowds will be permitted by that time of the year.
At its new home of Trent Bridge the final is set for August 19, two days before final of Hundred
As a warm-up for the eight-game group stage of the 50-over competition – held between July 22 and August 12 – the first-class counties will take on minor county teams, although the matches will not assume List A status.
The groups were drawn randomly in contrast to the north-south split of Twenty20; holders Somerset are in Group B along with Leicestershire, who will be one of the favourites to take their crown given they have surprisingly not lost a single player to the inaugural 100-ball tournament, plus a Surrey team missing at least 10.
The switch from Lord’s, which has hosted dozens of memorable domestic finals over the years, was meant to happen in 2020 but did not because 50-over cricket was not included in the truncated season’s schedule.
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