2018 Minor Counties Championship

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2018 Minor Counties Championship
Administrator(s)England and Wales Cricket Board
Cricket format3 days (4 day final)
Tournament format(s)League system and a final
ChampionsBerkshire (7th title)
Participants20
Matches played61
2017
2019

The 2018 Minor Counties Championship was the 114th Minor Counties Cricket Championship season, and the fourth under the name 'Unicorn Counties Championship'. It is contested in two divisions. Berkshire were the defending champions[1] and retained their title by defeating Lincolnshire in a repeat of the 2016 and 2017 finals. The final was played in Bodicote, Oxfordshire, with Berkshire winning by an innings and 32 runs.

Standings[edit]

Format[edit]

Teams receive 16 points for a win, 8 for a tie and 4 for a draw. In a match reduced to a single innings, teams receive 12 points for a win, 8 for a draw (6 if less than 20 overs per side) and 4 points for losing. For matches abandoned without play, both sides receive 8 points. Bonus points (a maximum of 4 batting points and 4 bowling points) may be scored during the first 90 overs of each team's first innings.[2]

Eastern Division[edit]

Team Pld W W1 L L1 T D D1D D1< A Bat Bowl Ded Pts
Lincolnshire 6 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 18 0 107
Suffolk 6 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 21 0 105
Staffordshire 6 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 17 0 103
Buckinghamshire 6 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 21 0 99
Norfolk 6 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 20 0 86
Cambridgeshire 6 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 23 0 85
Cumberland 6 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 19 16 55
Hertfordshire 6 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 19 0 51
Bedfordshire 6 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 21 0 39
Northumberland 6 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 20 0 37
Source:[3]

Western Division[edit]

Team Pld W W1 L L1 T D D1D D1< A Bat Bowl Ded Pts
Berkshire 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 23 0 138
Oxfordshire 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 23 0 115
Shropshire 6 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 24 2 111
Cornwall 6 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 24 0 73
Cheshire 6 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 20 24 0 68
Wiltshire 6 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 24 2 67
Herefordshire 6 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 23 0 66
Devon 6 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 23 0 61
Dorset 6 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 21 0 45
Wales Minor Counties 6 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 23 4 39
Source:[4]

Final[edit]

The final featured the teams which finished with the most points in each Division, Berkshire and Lincolnshire – A repeat of the 2016 and 2017 finals. It began on 16 September 2018 at Banbury with the result being a victory for Berkshire by an innings and 32 Runs. Berkshire retained the title whilst Lincolnshire's most recent victory was in 2003.

16–19 September 2018
Scorecard
v
198 (60.5 overs)
Nick Keast 42 (68)
Alexander Russell 5/57 (17 overs)
405/7d (90 overs)
Euan Woods 99 (161)
Curtis Free 4/91 (20 overs)
175 (62.4 overs)
Jack Timby 42 (78)
Andrew Rishton 5/33 (16 overs)
Berkshire won by an innings and 32 runs
Banbury Cricket Club Ground, Bodicote, Oxfordshire
Umpires: Naeem Ashraf & Anthony Harris
  • Berkshire won the toss and elected to field first

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berkshire beat Lincolnshire to complete double triumph". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Rules for the Unicorn Counties Championship season 2018" (PDF). England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  3. ^ Unicorns Championship Eastern Division - 2018, MCCA. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  4. ^ Unicorns Championship Western Division - 2018, MCCA. Retrieved 2019-01-18.