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National Counties Season Preview and 2022 Fixtures

2 Apr 2022
National Counties Season Preview and 2022 Fixtures

Hertfordshire will make a belated start to the defence of their National Counties T20 title when they travel to Grantham to play Lincolnshire in their opening Group Three double-header on Sunday April 17. 

Hertfordshire beat Dorset by nine wickets in the 2019 final – then the Minor Counties T20 – to lift their first trophy in 29 years but have had to wait three years to defend the title because COVID-19 forced both the 2020 and 2021 tournaments to be cancelled. 

The T20 competition returns this year and will launch a busy season for the 20 National Counties  which will be followed by the 50 overs National Counties Trophy and the three-day National Counties Championship. 

This year the T20 Finals Day will be staged at Tring Park in Hertfordshire - the venue for last year’s National Counties Championship final - on May 22. 

The National Counties Trophy will start on May 29 with the final again at Wormsley on August 28. 

The Championship season opens on July 3 with this season’s four-day final  being staged at West Bromwich Dartmouth’s Sandwell Park ground, centrally located close to Junction One of the M5 motorway. 

Berkshire will begin their defence of the Trophy, which they won by beating Cumbria in last season’s final, with a Group Two match against Devon at Henley on May 29. 

Oxfordshire, who denied Berkshire a record fifth straight Championship title last season, begin their attempt to retain the three-day crown with a trip to Alderley Edge to face Cheshire in their opening Division One West match from July 3 to 5. 

Wales NC will stage county cricket on two new grounds, Bangor and Llandysul. Bangor’s Ty Newydd ground will be the venue for Wales’ opening T20 match against Bedfordshire on April 17 with Llandysul’s Tir Dref ground hosting the Trophy match against Wiltshire on June 19 

Bangor was scheduled to stage Wales’ Championship match against Shropshire in 2020 but the competition was cancelled because of COVID. 

Northumberland will also break new ground by staging a match at Allendale’s Riding Haugh ground near Hexham for the first time.  

Haileybury College near Hertford will also stage National Counties cricket for the first time with Hertfordshire hosting Norfolk on April 24. Lincolnshire will be the visitors for a Trophy match on June 5. 

Staffordshire will return to Porthill Park for the first time since 2004 for their T20 opener against Northumberland on April 17. 

There will be the rare occurrence of two Championship matches taking place in the same county at the same time in August when Hertfordshire host Northumberland at Hertford while 30 miles across the county Buckinghamshire use at Tring Park as a home venue for the other Eastern Division Two matches against Cambridgeshire. 

 

National Counties Fixtures 2022 

National Counties T20  

April 17 

Group One. Oxton: Cheshire v Shropshire, Porthill Park: Staffordshire v Northumberland. 

Group Two. Bashley Rydal CC : Dorset v Wiltshire, Brockhampton: Herefordshire v Cornwall. 

Group Three. Wisbech: Cambridgeshire v Suffolk, Grantham: Lincolnshire v Hertfordshire. 

Group Four: Falkland CC: Berkshire v Oxfordshire, Bangor: Wales NC v Bedfordshire 

 

April 24 

Group One. South Northumberland CC: Northumberland v Cumbria, Whitchurch: Shropshire v Staffordshire. 

Group Two. Werrington: Cornwall v Devon, South Wilts CC: Wiltshire v Herefordshire. 

Group Three. Haileybury College: Hertfordshire v Norfolk. Ipswich School: Suffolk v Lincolnshire. 

Group Four. Dunstable Town CC: Bedfordshire v Buckinghamshire. Wormsley: Oxfordshire v Wales NC. 

 

May 1 

Group One. Netherfield: Cumbria v Shropshire, Leek: Staffordshire v Cheshire. 

Group Two. Exmouth: Devon v Wiltshire, Colwall: Herefordshire v Dorset. 

Group Three. Grantham: Lincolnshire v Cambridgeshire, Manor Park: Norfolk v Suffolk. 

Group Four. High Wycombe: Buckinghamshire v Oxfordshire, Newport: Wales NC v Berkshire. 

 

May 2 

Group One. Toft: Cheshire v Cumbria, Whitchurch: Shropshire v Northumberland. 

Group Two. North Perrott: Dorset v Devon, South Wilts CC: Wiltshire v Cornwall. 

Group Three. Wisbech: Cambridgeshire v Norfolk, Copdock: Suffolk v Hertfordshire. 

Group Four. High Wycombe: Buckinghamshire v Oxfordshire, Wormsley: Oxfordshire v Bedfordshire. 

 

May 8 

Group One. Carlisle: Cumbria v Staffordshire, South Northumberland CC: Northumberland v Cheshire. 

Group Two. Wadebridge: Cornwall v Dorset, North Devon CC: Devon v Herefordshire. 

Group Three. Welwyn Garden City: Hertfordshire v Cambridgeshire, Manor Park: Norfolk v Lincolnshire. 

Group Four. Ampthill: Bedfordshire v Berkshire, High Wycombe: Buckinghamshire v Wales NC. 

 

May 22 

Tring Park CC: Finals Day (reserve day May 23). 

 

 

National Counties Trophy 

May 29 

Group One. Eastnor: Herefordshire v Oxfordshire, Scunthorpe: Lincolnshire v Cumbria. 

Group Two. Bedford School: Bedfordshire v Hertfordshire, Henley: Berkshire v Devon. 

Group Three. Exning: Cambridgeshire v Cheshire, Mildenhall: Suffolk v Norfolk. 

Group Four. Port Talbot: Wales NC v Buckinghamshire, Marlborough College: Wiltshire v Dorset. 

 

June 5 

Group One. Cockermouth: Cumbria v Herefordshire, Allendale CC: Northumberland v Lincolnshire. 

Group Two. Exeter: Devon v Bedfordshire, Truro: Cornwall v Berkshire. 

Group Three. Manor Park: Norfolk v Cambridgeshire, Oswestry: Shropshire v Suffolk. 

Group Four. High Wycombe: Buckinghamshire v Wiltshire, Himley: Staffordshire v Wales NC. 

 

June 12 

Group One. Brockhampton: Herefordshire v Northumberland, Banbury: Oxfordshire v Cumbria. 

Group Two. Southill Park: Bedfordshire v Cornwall, Hertford: Hertfordshire v Devon. 

Group Three. Exning: Cambridgeshire v Cornwall, Chester Boughton Hall: Cheshire v Norfolk. 

Group Four. Dorchester: Dorset v Buckinghamshire, Warminster: Wiltshire v Staffordshire. 

 

June 19 

Group One. Jesmond: Northumberland v Oxfordshire, Bracebridge Heath: Lincolnshire v Herefordshire. 

Group Two. Redruth: Cornwall v Hertfordshire, Wargrave: Berkshire v Bedfordshire. 

Group Three. Wem: Shropshire v Cheshire, Sudbury: Suffolk v Cambridgeshire. 

Group Four. West Bromwich Dartmouth CC: Staffordshire v Dorset, Llandysul: Wales NC v Wiltshire. 

 

June 26 

Group One. Keswick: Cumbria v Northumberland, Aston Rowant: Oxfordshire v Lincolnshire. 

Group Two. Sidmouth: Devon v Cornwall, North Mymms: Hertfordshire v Berkshire. 

Group Three. Manor Park: Norfolk v Shropshire, Didsbury: Cheshire v Suffolk. 

Group Four. Gerrards Cross: Buckinghamshire v Staffordshire, Wimborne: Dorset v Wales NC. 

 

July 17 

Quarter-finals 

 

August 7 

Semi-finals 

 

August 28 

Wormsley: Finals Day (reserve day August 29). 

 

 

National Counties Championship 

 

July 3-5 

Eastern Division One. Dunstable Town: Bedfordshire v Staffordshire, Bury St Edmunds: Suffolk v Lincolnshire. 

Eastern Division Two. March: Cambridgeshire v Hertfordshire, Tynemouth: Northumberland v Cumbria. 

Western Division One. Alderley Edge: Cheshire v Oxfordshire, Eastnor: Herefordshire v Dorset. 

Western Division Two. Abergavenny: Wales NC v Devon, Corsham: Wiltshire v Shropshire. 

 

July 10-12 

Eastern Division One. Cleethorpes: Lincolnshire v Staffordshire, Woolpit: Suffolk v Norfolk. 

Eastern Division Two. Barrow: Cumbria v Cambridgeshire, Bishop’s Stortford: Hertfordshire v Buckinghamshire. 

Western Division One. Wimborne: Dorset v Berkshire, Thame: Oxfordshire v Herefordshire. 

Western Division Two. Sandford: Devon v Cornwall, Oswestry: Shropshire v Wales NC. 

 

July 24-26 

Eastern Division One. Longton: Staffordshire v Norfolk, Grantham: Lincolnshire v Bedfordshire. 

Eastern Division Two. Chesham: Buckinghamshire v Cumbria, Peterborough: Cambridgeshire v Northumberland. 

Western Division One. Finchampstead: Berkshire v Oxfordshire, Brockhampton: Herefordshire v Cheshire. 

Western Division Two: St Austell: Cornwall v Shropshire, Usk: Wales NC v Wiltshire. 

 

August 14-16 

Eastern Division One. Manor Park: Norfolk v Bedfordshire, Checkley: Staffordshire v Suffolk. 

Eastern Division Two. Furness CC: Cumbria v Hertfordshire, Jesmond: Northumberland v Buckinghamshire. 

Western Division One. Nantwich: Cheshire v Berkshire, Banbury: Oxfordshire v Dorset. 

Western Division Two. Bridgnorth: Shropshire v Devon, South Wilts CC: Wiltshire v Cornwall. 

 

August 21-23 

Eastern Division One. Flitwick: Bedfordshire v Suffolk, Manor Park: Norfolk v Lincolnshire. 

Eastern Division Two. Tring Park: Buckinghamshire v Cambridgeshire, Hertford: Hertfordshire v Northumberland. 

Western Division One. Falkland CC: Berkshire v Herefordshire, Wimborne: Dorset v Cheshire. 

Western Division Two. Truro: Cornwall v Wales NC, Sidmouth: Devon v Wiltshire. 

 

September 4-7 

West Bromwich Dartmouth CC: Final. 

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