2021 Royal London Cup: Everything you need to know
The Royal London Cup returns to the domestic schedule this summer following a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Somerset are the defending champions after they defeated Hampshire at Lord’s in 2019 with Trent Bridge set to host the showpiece decider in August this year.
Here are some common questions about the Royal London Cup to ensure you are across all the key details:
WHEN WILL THE ROYAL LONDON CUP START?
The tournament begins today (22 July). Lancashire Cricket get their campaign underway tomorrow (23 July) against Sussex at Sedbergh School.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT THIS SUMMER?
The 18 First-Class counties have been randomly drawn into two groups of nine teams.
Each county will play eight group-stage matches – four at home and four away – with the top three counties in each group progressing to the knockout stages.
The format for the knockout stages are:
Quarter-finals – 14 August (hosted by second-placed counties)
Group A Second-placed county v Group B Third-placed county
Group B Second-placed county v Group A Third-placed county
Semi-finals – 17 August (hosted by group winners)
Group A winner v Quarter-final winner
Group B winner v Quarter-final winner
:: The winners of the semi-final progress to the Royal London Cup final at Trent Bridge on 19 August.
WHICH COUNTIES ARE IN EACH GROUP?
Group A: Essex, Worcestershire, Sussex, Middlesex, Kent, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire.
Group B: Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Yorkshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Somerset.
The groups for the Royal London Cup were randomly drawn. The order that they were drawn appears in the above list and has determined the home and away ties.
Example: The first team in the Group will play at home to the second, third, fourth and fifth teams drawn, and away to sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. This continues – another example is the team drawn seventh; this team will play at home to teams drawn eighth, ninth, first, second, and away to teams drawn third, fourth, fifth, sixth.
HOW CAN I WATCH AND FOLLOW?
Links to the live stream will be posted on lancashirecricket.co.uk, while we also have scorecards, clips and highlights via the Match Centre and full match coverage on social media.
CAN I BUY TICKETS NOW?
Tickets for our opening fixture against Sussex at Sedbergh School are now on general sale, click here to purchase.
Tickets for our three further home Royal London Cup matches, all at Emirates Old Trafford in August, will be available soon.