Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Lancs pick up Div 1 T20 Crown

Lancashire are the Division One T20 champions after winning their last two games comfortably against Surrey and Yorkshire. It meant they finished eight points clear of Middlesex, who jumped into second spot with two victories themselves over Kent and Warwickshire.

Warwickshire, in second spot at the beginning of the day, suffered two defeats, to Middlesex and Kent (albeit with a severely weakened team), which left them in fourth place in the league equal on points with Surrey and Kent.

Sussex were denied the opportunity to finish in second spot by the weather, with their games against bottom clubs Berkshire and Somerset abandoned. It meant that Berkshire and Somerset's relegation into Div 2 next year was confirmed.

Division One Table

In Division Two Notts comfortably overcame Scotland in their first game of the day to make sure the Div 2 title was heading back to the Midlands and they were heading into Div 1 next year. But Hampshire (second in the morning) could do nothing to enhance their chances of Div 1 status next year, as their games with Wales and Staffs were washed out. It gave Worcestershire the opportunity to take second spot and their 6 wicket win over Durham gave them the four points they needed to leapfrog over Hampshire. 

At the bottom Essex lost to Scotland by 9 wickets, which meant there was no way back for them. Their last game against Notts was washed out halfway through. Staffs could do nothing but take two miserly points from their two cancelled games (why on earth it is 1 point for an abandoned game, when it is four points for a win, is anyone's guess!) and watch on as Durham beat Derbyshire to save their Div 2 hides, sending Derbyshire down with Staffs and Essex. 

This is how we think the table should look, although not all the results are on Play Cricket yet. 

Division Two Table

The promoted clubs from Div 3 are :- Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Northants. 


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