LV=CC set for riveting finale
The final round of the LV= County Championship begins on Monday and promises the most thrilling climax to the four-day competition in recent years.
Three sides - Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Yorkshire - all remain in contention to be crowned Division One champions.
Nottinghamshire are current leaders having secured seven wins from their 15 games and will travel to Old Trafford to face Lancashire needing a 22-point victory to guarantee their first title since 2005 and the sixth in their history.
Somerset will take on defending champions Durham and, thanks to a nine-wicket victory over Lancashire, are just two points behind Notts. Captained by Marcus Trescothick, the West Country side will be looking to secure their first County Championship title.
Yorkshire are lying in third place with 198 points from 15 games. Andrew Gale’s side will be hoping to make the most of a home tie against Kent to keep the pressure on the leaders. Yorkshire are the most successful county in the competition’s history having won 30 titles, the first in 1893 and the most recent in 2001.
Sussex have already claimed the Division Two title and will return to Division One next season after victory over Northamptonshire by an innings and 19 runs, while the remaining promotion place will be determined next week with Glamorgan currently lying second and third-placed Worcestershire also in contention.
The 2010 Division One champions will earn £550,000 in prize money with the runners-up receiving £235,000. The third-placed side will receive £115,000 and the team finishing fourth will collect £35,000. Sussex will receive £135,000 with the Division Two runners-up collecting £70,000.
ECB chief executive David Collier said: “The LV= County Championship has provided plenty of memorable cricket this season and the final week looks set to be the most exciting of all. With three teams still very much in contention to win this prestigious title it will be fascinating to follow their progress.”
Katherine Hart, sponsorship manager at LV=, commented: “We’re very proud of our sponsorship so we’re absolutely delighted that all eyes will be on domestic cricket next week as the LV= County Championship builds to an exciting climax.
“To have three teams still in with a chance of lifting the Division One trophy during the final round of matches just shows how exciting this competition is. We’ll be watching every twist and turn as events gradually unfold from Monday.”
Sides can earn a maximum of 24 points per game with 16 awarded for a win as well as a maximum of five batting points and three bowling points on offer during the first innings only. Full details can be found on www.ecb.co.uk/ecb/rules/
Remaining fixtures and complete tables for both the First and Second Divisions of the LV= County Championship can be found on www.ecb.co.uk/stats with a daily highlights package from all games available on www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic.