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2021 LV= Insurance County Championship Group Stage fixtures announced

The LV= Insurance County Championship will return next summer with all 18 First-Class Counties set to be in action when the opening round begins on Thursday 8 April.

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2021 LV= Insurance County Championship Group Stage fixtures announced

The 2021 Men's County Championship starts on 8 April with all 18 teams in action

Fixtures and dates for the remodelled 2021 Men's LV= Insurance County Championship have been announced, with Essex beginning their title defence at home to Worcestershire at the Cloudfm County Ground on Thursday 8 April.

Somerset are set to make an immediate return to Lord’s, where they met Essex in this summer’s Bob Willis Trophy final, with an opening-round clash against Middlesex.

Fixtures for the remaining domestic women’s and men’s white-ball competitions are set to be announced in early 2021.

The 18 First-Class Counties agreed in October to reshape the LV= Insurance County Championship structure for next summer only to help mitigate against the possible impact of COVID-19.

>>> Click here to see the full schedule

The three groups for the 2021 County Championship

The three groups for the 2021 County Championship

Each First-Class County has initially been placed into one of three seeded groups of six and has been scheduled to play five home matches and five away matches during the Group Stage.

The opening nine rounds of Group Stage matches are to be played on consecutive weeks and all are due to begin on a Thursday with a scheduled Sunday finish.

The Group Stage will conclude in July with the Round 10 and 11 matches to begin on a Sunday. All the First-Class Counties will play in the final round of Group Stage fixtures

The top two counties in each group at the end of the Group Stage will progress to Division One, with the other counties moving into Divisions Two and Three, where they will each play a further four matches.

The winner of Division One will be crowned the 2021 LV= Insurance County Championship winners.

The opening round of Divisional Stage matches will begin on the Bank Holiday Monday 30 August.

The five-day Bob Willis Trophy final will be played between the top two counties in Division One and is scheduled to start on Tuesday 27 September.

Essex are the Bob Willis Trophy champions

Essex are the Bob Willis Trophy champions

ECB Managing Director County Cricket, Neil Snowball, said: "We’re all looking forward to the return of the County Championship in 2021 after a very challenging year in 2020.

“Despite the significant hurdles that we faced this year, the domestic game still found a way to play meaningful cricket across men’s and women’s formats while ensuring that our members and supporters were able to remain close to the game through advanced live streaming of matches.

“Once again we have seen an innovative and collaborative approach between the ECB and the 18 First Class Counties that has enabled us to plan for 2021 with a new County Championship structure, for 2021 only, that is designed to be both exciting for players and supporters and also flexible to the possible ongoing impact of COVID-19.

“We are also working hard with all 18 First-Class Counties to ensure that we are able to welcome the return of crowds safely next year and will continue to work closely with Government and all relevant authorities.”

For the full fixture list visit ecb.co.uk or receive the LV= Insurance County Championship schedules direct to you with the ECB’s digital calendar via this link.

2021 Men's LV= Insurance County Championship Group Stage fixtures

Thu 8 - Sun 11 April

Northamptonshire v Kent (The County Ground)
Essex v Worcestershire (The Cloudfm County Ground)
Sussex v Lancashire (The 1st Central County Ground)
Middlesex v Somerset (Lord's)
Leicestershire v Hampshire (Grace Road)
Gloucestershire v Surrey (Bristol County Ground)
Nottinghamshire v Durham (Trent Bridge)
Yorkshire v Glamorgan (Emerald Headingley)
Warwickshire v Derbyshire (Edgbaston) 

Thu 15 - Sun 18 April

Hampshire v Middlesex (Ageas Bowl)
Lancashire v Northamptonshire (Emirates Old Trafford)
Kent v Yorkshire (Canterbury)
Glamorgan v Sussex (Sophia Gardens)
Somerset v Gloucestershire (The Cooper Associates County Ground)
Derbyshire v Worcestershire (The Incora County Ground)
Essex v Durham (The Cloudfm County Ground)
Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire (Trent Bridge)
Surrey v Leicestershire (Kia Oval)

Thu 22 - Sun 25 April

Sussex v Yorkshire (The 1st Central County Ground)
Durham v Derbyshire (Emirates Riverside)
Kent v Lancashire (Canterbury)
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire (New Road)
Hampshire v Gloucestershire (Ageas Bowl)
Warwickshire v Essex (Edgbaston)
Middlesex v Surrey (Lord's)
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (The County Ground)
Leicestershire v Somerset (Grace Road)

Thu 29 April - Sun 2 May

Lancashire v Sussex (Emirates Old Trafford)
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire (The Incora County Ground)
Worcestershire v Essex (New Road)
Durham v Warwickshire (Emirates Riverside)
Gloucestershire v Leicestershire (Bristol County Ground)
Somerset v Middlesex (The Cooper Associates County Ground)
Glamorgan v Kent (Sophia Gardens)
Yorkshire v Northamptonshire (Emerald Headingley)
Surrey v Hampshire (Kia Oval)

Thu 6 - Sun 9 May

Yorkshire v Kent (Emerald Headingley)
Leicestershire v Surrey (Grace Road)
Warwickshire v Worcestershire (Edgbaston)
Middlesex v Gloucestershire (Lord's)
Lancashire v Glamorgan (Emirates Old Trafford)
Northamptonshire v Sussex (The County Ground)
Hampshire v Somerset (Ageas Bowl)
Nottinghamshire v Essex (Trent Bridge)

Thu 13 - Sun 16 May

Essex v Derbyshire (The Cloudfm County Ground)
Sussex v Kent (The 1st Central County Ground)
Glamorgan v Yorkshire (Sophia Gardens)
Middlesex v Hampshire (Lord's)
Durham v Worcestershire (Emirates Riverside)
Somerset v Surrey (The Cooper Associates County Ground)

Thu 20 - Sun 23 May

Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire (Trent Bridge)
Essex v Warwickshire (The Cloudfm County Ground)
Derbyshire v Durham (The Incora County Ground)
Northamptonshire v Lancashire (The County Ground)
Kent v Glamorgan (Canterbury)
Hampshire v Leicestershire (Ageas Bowl)
Gloucestershire v Somerset (Bristol County Ground)
Surrey v Middlesex (Kia Oval)

Thu 27 - Sun 30 May

Durham v Essex (Emirates Riverside)
Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire (Edgbaston)
Worcestershire v Derbyshire (New Road)
Lancashire v Yorkshire (Emirates Old Trafford)
Sussex v Northamptonshire (The 1st Central County Ground)
Surrey v Gloucestershire (Guildford)
Leicestershire v Middlesex (Grace Road)

Thu 3 - Sun 6 June

Yorkshire v Sussex (Emerald Headingley)
Worcestershire v Durham (New Road)
Essex v Nottinghamshire (The Cloudfm County Ground)
Derbyshire v Warwickshire (The Incora County Ground)
Kent v Northamptonshire (Canterbury)
Glamorgan v Lancashire (Venue TBC)
Somerset v Hampshire (The Cooper Associates County Ground)
Leicestershire v Gloucestershire (Grace Road)

Sun 4 - Wed 7 July

Lancashire v Kent (Emirates Old Trafford)
Northamptonshire v Yorkshire (The County Ground)
Gloucestershire v Middlesex (Cheltenham)
Sussex v Glamorgan (The 1st Central County Ground)
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire (Trent Bridge)
Warwickshire v Durham (Edgbaston)
Hampshire v Surrey (Ageas Bowl)
Somerset v Leicestershire (The Cooper Associates County Ground)

Sun 11 - Wed 14 July

Derbyshire v Essex (Chesterfield)
Durham v Nottinghamshire (Emirates Riverside)
Worcestershire v Warwickshire (New Road)
Yorkshire v Lancashire (Scarborough)
Gloucestershire v Hampshire (Cheltenham)
Middlesex v Leicestershire (Merchant Taylors' School)
Surrey v Somerset (Kia Oval)
Glamorgan v Northamptonshire (Sophia Gardens)
Kent v Sussex (Beckenham)

Division Stage

Round 1: Mon 30 August - Thu 2 September
Round 2: Sun 5 - Wed 8 September
Round 3: Sun 12 - Wed 15 September
Round 4: Tue 21 - Fri 24 September

Bob Willis Trophy Final

Tues 27 September- Fri 1 October

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