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County Championship 2019 Div 1 Odds

Who wins the County Championship 2019 Div 1?

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2019 County Championship - Division One

Even before we reach the final day of the 2018 County Championship - Division One, the results are more or less out. While Worcestershire were already relegated to Division Two, joining them will be Lancashire, who will unable to garner the batting bonus points in their final match against Hampshire. Taking their places in the forthcoming season will be Kent and Warwickshire, who were promoted from Division Two.

While Surrey romped their way to the title this season, it must be noted that mid table teams fought tooth and nail for each point as only 30 points separate the third and sixth placed teams. The 2019 season too promises to be a close encounter. Surrey, despite being champions have been knocked out for a meek 67 runs by Essex’s combine bowling prowess of James Porter and Samuel Cook. Indian opener Murali Vijay has continued his form by scoring 80 runs. Thus Essex, along with current champions Surrey will be the favourites for winning the 2019 Division One County Championship.

Joining them will be Somerset, led by skipper Tom Abell who took a wonderful hat-trick in the final match against Nottinghamshire, dismissing the team for a measly 133. The form of Marcus Trescothick, who scored 71, and James Hildreth, who played a wonderful innings of 137 runs in their final match, places Somerset firmly among the favourites. The recent news of Trescothick extending his contract with the club by another year will be another morale boost for the club. Since his Somerset debut way back in 1993, the former England skipper has scored 26018 first-class runs at an average of 41.42!

Yorkshire, like almost every season, will be the also rans for the title come next year. The recent unbeaten knock of 189 by Gary Ballance was the best performance in the Championship’s final round of fixtures. Also surprising was the all round performance of Jack Brooks, who scored 89 runs, coming at no.10 position to play and also picked up 6 wickets against Worcestershire!

While Kent and Warwickshire have impressed in Division Two, it remains to be seen how they will adjust against the teams in Division One next season. While Warwickshire were relegated to Division Two only last season, they have immediately found their way back. As for Kent, they will be playing in the top division after a gap of eight years.

They newly promoted teams along with the likes of Nottinghamshire and Hampshire will mostly fight it out in the bottom half of the table for next season.

Having said that, there are a lot of reports and talks recently about reorganising the format of the County Championship. From 2020, the County Championship may switch to a three conference format! According to a report in The Telegraph, the 18 counties will be divided into three conferences of six teams each. The teams would play each other twice each, home and away. The top two counties in each conference would go into the first division with each county playing the other five once. The third and fourth counties in each conference would go into the second division, fifth and six into the third. Each county therefore will have 15 games per season.

While the discussion is in the initial phases, it remains to be seen how this will affect the form of the teams in the next season.


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