The Bob Willis Trophy will hold first-class status, but is a separate competition from the County Championship, and will comprise three regionalised groups, consisting of six counties per group. Glamorgan are in the Central Group with Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
The First Class Counties will play five group-stage matches – one against each county in their group – with the two group winners with the most points set to progress to a five-day final.
AUGUST (11:00 BST)
1st – 4th Somerset, Taunton, Coopers Associates County Ground
8th – 11th Worcestershire, Worcester, Blackfinch New Road
15th – 18th Gloucestershire, Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
22nd – 25th Northamptonshire, Northampton, The County Ground
SEPTEMBER (10:30 BST)
6th – 9th Warwickshire, Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
FINAL – date to be announced, a 5 day fixture
The domestic competitions will be staged under strict health and safety protocols with the Bob Willis Trophy also set to feature ECB Board-approved changes to playing conditions to help ensure the wellbeing of players, most significantly fast bowlers, following the long lay-off due to COVID-19.
The playing conditions have been put in place following extensive medical research and in collaboration with the First-Class Counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association, and include:
- A reduction from a minimum of 96 overs to a minimum of 90 overs in a day’s play
- Each county’s first innings of a match can last no longer than 120 overs
- The follow-on will increase from 150 to 200 runs
- The new ball will be available after 90 overs rather than 80 overs
How to watch / follow:
At this moment members and supporters will not be able to attend in person at Sophia Gardens it will however be possible to watch Glamorgan’s home fixtures on the Glamorgan live stream utility. It is likely that the other counties will have similar arrangements. Please refer to the ECB link below for further information on this topic.
Update on the Vitality Blast
The fixtures for the Vitality Blast Competition have yet to be confirmed and released, the competition is set to start on the 27th August currently scheduled behind closed doors.