Discover everything you need to know about the County Championship 2024 season, from all-important fixtures dates and teams to the competition format. Plus, find out how you can watch the action from the best seats in the house.

With the Vitality County Championship 2024 already underway, it’s time to get up to speed on all the essential details. From the competition format and last year’s results to the teams vying for victory this year and the remaining ECB fixture schedule, we’ve got you covered!

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How does county cricket work?

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A two-division structure is used in county cricket where 10 counties play in Division One and eight in Division Two.

Fifteen rounds are played in the season from April through to September where each county will play 14 red-ball matches (7 home and 7 away). A “match” includes the four days of the test.

A team is awarded 16 points for a victory, 8 points for a tie and 8 points if a match is drawn.

How many overs are in county cricket?

No set amount of overs has to be played in a county match, however, typically 90 to 100 overs are played on each day of the test.

The first innings is usually called when all members of the team have been batted out.

How many teams are relegated from the cricket County Championship?

Currently, two teams are promoted and two teams are relegated in each season of county cricket.

Who won the County Championship 2023?

Surrey took home the Division One County Championship title last season, with Essex and Hampshire taking the runner up positions.

In Division Two, Durham and Worcestershire took first and second places and were promoted to Division One.

Middlesex and Northamptonshire found themselves at the bottom of Division One and were relegated.

County Championship cricket teams 2024

In 2024, the Division One teams include:

  • Surrey
  • Essex
  • Hampshire
  • Warwickshire
  • Lancashire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Somerset
  • Kent
  • Durham
  • Worcestershire

Division Two will include:

  • Middlesex
  • Northamptonshire
  • Sussex
  • Leicestershire
  • Glamorgan
  • Derbyshire
  • Yorkshire
  • Gloucestershire

How many overseas players are allowed in county cricket?

Each county club is allowed to field a maximum of two overseas players. Overseas players this year include the likes of Will Pucovski for Leicestershire, Cheteshwaar Pujara for Sussex and Nathan Lyon for Lancashire.

When did the 2024 County Championship start?

Round one began on Friday 5th April.

Cricket County Championships 2024 Tables:

At the time of writing, the tables are:

  1. Essex - 35 points
  2. Warwickshire - 28 points
  3. Worcestershire - 27 points
  4. Somerset - 26 points
  5. Surrey - 25 points
  6. Kent - 24 points
  7. Lancashire - 21 points
  8. Hampshire - 20 points
  9. Durham - 19 points
  10. Nottinghamshire - 18 points

Division 2

  1. Sussex - 29 points
  2. Yorkshire - 25 points
  3. Leicestershire - 25 points
  4. Glamorgan - 25 points
  5. Northamptonshire - 24 points
  6. Middlesex - 23 points
  7. Gloucestershire - 20 points
  8. Derbyshire - 19 points

When does the cricket County Championship end?

Round 15 will conclude on Sunay 29th September.

County Championship Cricket Fixtures 2024

Round 3 - Friday 19 – Monday 22 April

  • Derbyshire v Leicestershire (Incora County Ground)
  • Essex v Lancashire (Cloud County Ground)
  • Hampshire v Warwickshire (Utilita Bowl, Southampton)
  • Kent v Surrey (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
  • Middlesex v Yorkshire (Lord’s)
  • Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (Northampton)
  • Somerset v Nottinghamshire (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Sussex v Gloucestershire (1st Central County Ground)
  • Worcestershire v Durham (Kidderminster)

Round 4 - Friday 26 – Monday 29 April

  • Durham v Essex (Seat Unique Riverside)
  • Gloucestershire v Middlesex (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)
  • Leicestershire v Northamptonshire (Uptonsteel County Ground)
  • Surrey v Hampshire (Kia Oval)
  • Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire (Edgbaston)
  • Worcestershire v Somerset (Kidderminster)
  • Yorkshire v Derbyshire (Headingley)

Round 5 - Friday 3 – Monday 6 May

  • Derbyshire v Sussex (Incora County Ground)
  • Lancashire v Kent (Emirates Old Trafford)
  • Middlesex v Leicestershire (Lord’s)
  • Somerset v Essex (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Yorkshire v Glamorgan (Headingley)

Round 6 - Friday 10 – Monday 13 May

  • Glamorgan v Sussex (Sophia Gardens)
  • Hampshire v Durham (Utilita Bowl, Southampton)
  • Kent v Worcestershire (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
  • Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire (Northampton)
  • Nottinghamshire v Lancashire (Trent Bridge)
  • Surrey v Warwickshire (Kia Oval)

Round 7 - Friday 17 – Monday 20 May

  • Derbyshire v Northamptonshire (Incora County Ground)
  • Essex v Warwickshire (The Cloud County Ground)
  • Glamorgan v Middlesex (Sophia Gardens)
  • Lancashire v Durham (Blackpool)
  • Leicestershire v Gloucestershire (Uptonsteel County Ground)
  • Nottinghamshire v Hampshire (Trent Bridge)
  • Somerset v Kent (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Surrey v Worcestershire (Kia Oval)
  • Sussex v Yorkshire (1st Central County Ground)

Round 8 - Friday 24 – Monday 27 May

  • Durham v Somerset (Seat Unique Riverside)
  • Gloucestershire v Derbyshire (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)
  • Hampshire v Surrey (Utilita Bowl, Southampton)
  • Kent v Essex (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
  • Lancashire v Warwickshire (Emirates Old Trafford)
  • Leicestershire v Glamorgan (Uptonsteel County Ground)
  • Middlesex v Sussex (Lord’s)
  • Northamptonshire v Yorkshire (Northampton)
  • Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire (New Road)

Round 9 - Sunday 23 – Wednesday 26 June

  • Essex v Durham (The Cloud County Ground)
  • Glamorgan v Northamptonshire (Sophia Gardens)
  • Kent v Lancashire (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
  • Middlesex v Derbyshire (Lord’s)
  • Nottinghamshire v Somerset (Trent Bridge)
  • Sussex v Leicestershire (1st Central County Ground)
  • Warwickshire v Hampshire (Edgbaston)
  • Worcestershire v Surrey (New Road)
  • Yorkshire v Gloucestershire (Scarborough)

Round 10 - Sunday 30 June – Wednesday 3 July

  • Derbyshire v Yorkshire (Chesterfield)
  • Durham v Worcestershire (Seat Unique Riverside)
  • Gloucestershire v Glamorgan (Cheltenham)
  • Hampshire v Kent (Utilita Bowl, Southampton)
  • Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (Southport)
  • Leicestershire v Middlesex (Venue TBC)
  • Northamptonshire v Sussex (Northampton)
  • Somerset v Warwickshire (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Surrey v Essex (Kia Oval)

Round 11 - Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 August

  • Derbyshire v Glamorgan (Incora County Ground)
  • Durham v Nottinghamshire (Seat Unique Riverside)
  • Gloucestershire v Leicestershire (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)
  • Hampshire v Essex (Utilita Bowl, Southampton)
  • Middlesex v Northamptonshire (Venue TBC)
  • Surrey v Lancashire (Kia Oval)
  • Warwickshire v Somerset (Edgbaston)
  • Worcestershire v Kent (New Road)
  • Yorkshire v Sussex (Scarborough)

Round 12 - Thursday 29 August – Sunday 1 September

  • Essex v Worcestershire (The Cloud County Ground)
  • Glamorgan v Leicestershire (Sophia Gardens)
  • Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)
  • Lancashire v Hampshire (Emirates Old Trafford)
  • Nottinghamshire v Surrey (Trent Bridge)
  • Somerset v Durham (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Sussex v Derbyshire (1st Central County Ground)
  • Warwickshire v Kent (Edgbaston)
  • Yorkshire v Middlesex (Headingley)

Round 13 - Monday 9 – Thursday 12 September

  • Durham v Lancashire (Seat Unique Riverside)
  • Essex v Nottinghamshire (The Cloud County Ground)
  • Kent v Hampshire (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
  • Leicestershire v Yorkshire (Uptonsteel County Ground)
  • Middlesex v Gloucestershire (Lord’s)
  • Northamptonshire v Derbyshire (Northampton)
  • Somerset v Surrey (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Sussex v Glamorgan (1st Central County Ground)
  • Worcestershire v Warwickshire (New Road)

Round 14 - Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 September

  • Derbyshire v Middlesex (Incora County Ground)
  • Glamorgan v Yorkshire (Sophia Gardens)
  • Gloucestershire v Sussex (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)
  • Hampshire v Worcestershire (Utilita Bowl, Southampton)
  • Kent v Nottinghamshire (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
  • Lancashire v Somerset (Emirates Old Trafford)
  • Northamptonshire v Leicestershire (Northampton)
  • Surrey v Durham (Kia Oval)
  • Warwickshire v Essex (Edgbaston)

Round 15 - Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 September

  • Durham v Kent (Seat Unique Riverside)
  • Essex v Surrey (The Cloud County Ground)
  • Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (Sophia Gardens)
  • Leicestershire v Derbyshire (Uptonsteel County Ground)
  • Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire (Trent Bridge)
  • Somerset v Hampshire (Cooper Associates County Ground)
  • Sussex v Middlesex (1st Central County Ground)
  • Worcestershire v Lancashire (New Road)
  • Yorkshire v Northamptonshire (Headingley)

How can I watch the County Championship live?

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Seat Unique is delighted to open fan access to County Championship fixtures for Hampshire, Derbyshire, Durham and Essex in 2024.

Through our trusted online platform, you can book official premium tickets and hospitality packages that will help  guarantee your experience will be one to remember.

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