Regardless of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the English season because of the coronavirus outbreak, a handful of counties involved by adjustments to the construction of girls’s cricket are planning to launch a brand new 50-over competitors this summer time.
With the 50-over Ladies’s County Championship and the T20 Kia Tremendous League discontinued from 2020, and eight centres of excellence established in alignment with the venues chosen to host the Hundred, a number of present counties have been left feeling disenfranchised and missing high quality cricket.
Consequently, Surrey, Middlesex, Kent and Essex hope, topic to Covid-19 issues, to contest the London Championship this season. They hope different counties might be a part of them in future years, with Sussex and Hampshire understood to be following occasions with curiosity. The title of the competitors may very well be modified if extra groups become involved.
“Going from having all these counties to eight regional centres of excellence smacks of Dr Beeching’s cuts to the railways within the 1960s,” a county chairman mentioned. “That is the beginning of the county comeback.”
Whereas the brand new competitors has been endorsed by the ECB, it does symbolize one thing of a breakaway. It underlines the dissatisfaction some counties have with the ECB’s method to girls’s cricket and their preparedness to behave to fill the void left by the absence of the County Championship and the KSL.
There are echoes right here, maybe, of the early days of limited-overs cricket in England and Wales. In 1962, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Northants contested the Midlands Knock-Out competitors; a 65-overs-per-side cup devised by the then Leicestershire Secretary, Mike Turner, and designed to revive the fortunes of golf equipment struggling to draw spectators. Northants received the ultimate.
The event’s success led to the introduction of the Gillette Cup – the world’s first Listing A event – the next 12 months.
Within the girls’s recreation, Surrey and Middlesex have additionally competed towards each other in a one-off T20 match, dubbed the London Cup. The match was held at Lord’s for the primary time in 2019 and was because of be performed on Could 20 on the Kia Oval this 12 months.