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LV= has a long heritage in cricket, extending back to 2002, when we were the title partner of the County Championship for 14 years across three separate periods: 2002-05 (Frizzell County Championship), 2006 (Liverpool Victoria County Championship) and 2007-15 (LV= County Championship).

And we’re so excited to announce we’re back! We’re delighted to partner with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to become the Official Title Partner of men’s County Cricket, and the competition will now be known as the LV= Insurance County Championship.  

We’re so pleased we’re able to support English cricket even further through this new three-year partnership with the ECB. As well as County Cricket, we’ll also be Official Title Partner of Men’s and Women’s Test cricket

Eight Things To Look Out For In The 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship

 

This season LV= have partnered with Wisden to get an in depth look at some of the key cricket stories across the summer.

We’re kicking things off with the long-awaited return of the LV= County Championship, which began on Thursday, April 7 with eight games taking place up and down the country.

The next two months will be packed full of first-class cricket action, with seven rounds in seven weeks giving time for plenty of storylines to develop. We’ve picked out eight threads to follow as the season gets underway...

 

The battle for England selection

Just who will England select for their first big assignment of the year, a two-Test LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand in June? With a lot of LV= Insurance County Championship action set to take place before that series gets underway, batters and bowlers up and down the country will be aiming to get their name in the selection mix. Can the likes of Josh Bohannon, Rob Yates and Tom Haines build on their runs from last year and land call-ups this summer? Will Sam Cook, Mason Crane and Liam Norwell – all of whom were part of England Lions’ winter tour of Australia – bowl themselves into contention? It’ll be fascinating to watch and find out.

Watching Broaderson make hay

England made the big call to leave James Anderson and Stuart Broad out of their squad for the tour of the West Indies. That should mean England’s two greatest bowlers are well rested ahead of the start of this year’s LV= Insurance County Championship, and they’ll both have a point to prove. Both quicks were in brilliant touch when they turned out for their counties last summer: Broad took 23 Championship wickets for Nottinghamshire at an average of 16, while Anderson took 11 poles for Lancashire at a startling 7.54. While the former will be looking to help his side to promotion from Division Two, the latter could have an important say in the title race for Division One.

 

Can Darren Stevens keep the party running?

The talismanic all-rounder just keeps on going. The 45-year-old ended 2021 as Kent’s men’s player of the year for the third season in a row. And deservedly so: he averaged more than 40 with the bat in the LV= Insurance County Championship – hitting three centuries along the way – and was the club’s leading wicket-taker with 39 scalps at 18.58. He also proved influential in helping Kent to Vitality Blast glory. International cricket may never have come his way, but there’s no doubt he’s an iconic figure in the county game today.

 

Which young players will announce themselves?

The end of every summer brings on new names who’ve captivated the fans. In 2021, Sussex’s Tom Haines and Glamorgan’s Kiran Carlson announced themselves as batting talents to keep a close eye on; the pair of 23-year-olds were the leading run-scorers for their sides in the LV= Insurance County Championship. Meanwhile Leicestershire’s 25-year-old left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson took 50 wickets to finish as the leading English spinner in the competition. As a seamer, Middlesex’s Ethan Bamber made waves too with 52 wickets at an average of 20.84. Which youngsters will follow in their footsteps this year?


The race to 1,000 runs before the end of May

Only eight men have accomplished the extraordinary feat of hitting 1,000 first-class runs in the season before the end of May, with Graeme Hick the last man to do it - all the way back in 1988. With seven rounds of LV= Insurance County Championship action in store over the first two months of the season, will this year be the year for No.9? At the end of April last year, David Bedingham, Adam Lyth and Matt Critchley emerged as the front runners to make history but all eventually fell short.

The endurance of the county seamer

There’s nothing like watching a seamer who’s perfected their trade. At Durham, Chris Rushworth remains the skillful leader of the attack. At Middlesex, Tim Murtagh is 40 and now club captain, while Tom Bailey – who has 257 first-class wickets at a lowly average of 23.77 – is consistently excellent for Lancashire. The likes of Michael Hogan, Ben Sanderson and last year’s Cricket Writers’ Club LV= Insurance County Championship Player of the Year Luke Fletcher are masterly operators who always seem to light up the LV= Insurance County Championship.

The title race taking shape

Don’t forget - there’s a Championship to win! Will Warwickshire be able to defend their crown or will they be pushed aside by two other fearsome contenders, Lancashire and Hampshire? We’ve not even mentioned Essex, who’ve won two Championship titles and the Bob Willis Trophy in the last five years. Or will there be an underdog story to celebrate? Gloucestershire certainly showed plenty of positive signs last year when they began their season with four wins from five. Whichever way things go, let’s hope for another title race that goes down to the wire!

 

Viral action

County live-streams are set to make the competition more accessible than ever. It's only a matter of time until a James Vince cover drive, Tom Banton reverse-sweep or Matt Parkinson wonder-ball starts doing the rounds, and then even your friends who don’t like cricket will be saying, 'Have you seen this?!’. The LV= Insurance County Championship is always just a click away.

 

The LV= Insurance County Championship

Below are the fixture lists for this year's CC1 and CC2 tournaments.

Division 1

Start date (each Test lasts 4 days)

Match

Venue

April 7 2022

Essex v Kent

The Cloud County Ground

Hampshire v Somerset

Ageas Bowl

Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire

The County Ground Northampton

Warwickshire v Surrey

Edgbaston

April 14 2022

Gloucestershire v Yorkshire

Bristol County Ground

Kent v Lancashire

Canterbury

Somerset v Essex

The Cooper Associates County Ground

Surrey v Hampshire

Kia Oval

April 21 2022

Kent v Hampshire

Canterbury

Lancashire v Gloucestershire

Emirates Old Trafford

Northamptonshire v Yorkshire

The County Ground Northampton

Surrey v Somerset

Kia Oval

Warwickshire v Essex

Edgbaston

April 28 2022

Essex v Northamptonshire

The Cloud County Ground

Gloucestershire v Surrey

Bristol County Ground

Hampshire v Lancashire

Ageas Bowl

Somerset v Warwickshire

The Cooper Associates County Ground

Yorkshire v Kent

Headingley

May 5 2022

Essex v Yorkshire

The Cloud County Ground

Hampshire v Gloucestershire

Ageas Bowl

Lancashire v Warwickshire

Emirates Old Trafford

Surrey v Northamptonshire

Kia Oval

May 12 2022

Gloucestershire v Somerset

Bristol County Ground

Kent v Surrey

Beckenham

Warwickshire v Northamptonshire

Edgbaston

Yorkshire v Lancashire

Headingley

May 19 2022

Lancashire v Essex

TBC

Northamptonshire v Kent

The County Ground Northampton

Somerset v Hampshire

The Cooper Associates County Ground

Yorkshire v Warwickshire

Headingley

June 12 2022

Hampshire v Yorkshire

Ageas Bowl

Kent v Gloucestershire

Canterbury

Somerset v Surrey

The Cooper Associates County Ground

Warwickshire v Lancashire

Edgbaston

June 26 2022

Essex v Hampshire

The Cloud County Ground

Gloucestershire v Lancashire

Bristol County Ground

Northamptonshire v Warwickshire

The County Ground Northampton

Surrey v Kent

Kia Oval

July 11 2022

Essex v Gloucestershire

The Cloud County Ground

Hampshire v Warwickshire

Ageas Bowl

Kent v Northamptonshire

Canterbury

Lancashire v Somerset

TBC

Yorkshire v Surrey

Scarborough

July 19 2022

Gloucestershire v Hampshire

Cheltenham

Northamptonshire v Lancashire

The County Ground Northampton

Somerset v Yorkshire

The Cooper Associates County Ground

Surrey v Essex

Kia Oval

Warwickshire v Kent

Edgbaston

July 25 2022

Essex v Somerset

The Cloud County Ground

Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire

Cheltenham

Lancashire v Kent

Emirates Old Trafford

Surrey v Warwickshire

Kia Oval

Yorkshire v Hampshire

Scarborough

September 5 2022

Hampshire v Northamptonshire

Ageas Bowl

Kent v Essex

Canterbury

Lancashire v Yorkshire

Emirates Old Trafford

Somerset v Gloucestershire

The Cooper Associates County Ground

September 12 2022

Northamptonshire v Surrey

The County Ground Northampton

Warwickshire v Somerset

Edgbaston

Yorkshire v Essex

Headingley

September 20 2022

Essex v Lancashire

The Cloud County Ground

Gloucestershire v Warwickshire

Bristol County Ground

Hampshire v Kent

Ageas Bowl

Somerset v Northamptonshire

The Cooper Associates County Ground

Surrey v Yorkshire

Kia Oval

September 26 2022

Kent v Somerset

Canterbury

Lancashire v Surrey

Emirates Old Trafford

Northamptonshire v Essex

The County Ground Northampton

Warwickshire v Hampshire

Edgbaston

Yorkshire v Gloucestershire

Headingley

 

 

Division 2

Start date (each Test lasts 4 days)

Match

Venue

April 7 2022

Glamorgan v Durham

Sophia Gardens

Leicestershire v Worcestershire

Uptonsteel County Ground

Middlesex v Derbyshire

Lord’s

Sussex v Nottinghamshire

The 1st Central County Ground

April 14 2022

Derbyshire v Sussex

The Incora County Ground

Durham v Leicestershire

Riverside

Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan

Trent Bridge

April 21 2022

Durham v Nottinghamshire

Riverside

Glamorgan v Middlesex

Sophia Gardens

Leicestershire v Derbyshire

Uptonsteel County Ground

Worcestershire v Sussex

New Road

April 28 2022

Derbyshire v Glamorgan

The Incora County Ground

Middlesex v Leicestershire

Lord’s

Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire

Trent Bridge

Sussex v Durham

The 1st Central County Ground

May 5 2022

Glamorgan v Leicestershire

Sophia Gardens

Sussex v Middlesex

The 1st Central County Ground

Worcestershire v Durham

New Road

May 12 2022

Derbyshire v Worcestershire

The Incora County Ground

Durham v Glamorgan

Riverside

Leicestershire v Sussex

Uptonsteel County Ground

Middlesex v Nottinghamshire

Lord’s

May 19 2022

Middlesex v Durham

Lord’s

Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire

Trent Bridge

Worcestershire v Leicestershire

New Road

June 12 2022

Derbyshire v Middlesex

Chesterfield

Durham v Worcestershire

Riverside

Glamorgan v Sussex

Sophia Gardens

Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire

Uptonsteel County Ground

June 26 2022

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex

Trent Bridge

Sussex v Derbyshire

The 1st Central County Ground

Worcestershire v Glamorgan

New Road

July 11 2022

Durham v Derbyshire

Riverside

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire

TBC

Middlesex v Worcestershire

Merchant Taylors School

Sussex v Leicestershire

The 1st Central County Ground

July 19 2022

Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire

The Incora County Ground

Middlesex v Sussex

Lord’s

July 20 2022

 

Leicestershire v Glamorgan

Uptonsteel County Ground

July 25 2022

Durham v Middlesex

Riverside

Worcestershire v Derbyshire

New Road

September 5 2022

Derbyshire v Durham

The Incora County Ground

Glamorgan v Worcestershire

Sophia Gardens

Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire

Trent Bridge

September 12 2022

Leicestershire v Durham

Uptonsteel County Ground

Middlesex v Glamorgan

Lord’s

Sussex v Worcestershire

The 1st Central County Ground

September 20 2022

Durham v Sussex

Riverside

Glamorgan v Derbyshire

Sophia Gardens

Leicestershire v Middlesex

Uptonsteel County Ground

Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire

New Road

September 26 2022

Derbyshire v Leicestershire

The Incora County Ground

Nottinghamshire v Durham

Trent Bridge

Sussex v Glamorgan

The 1st Central County Ground

Worcestershire v Middlesex

New Road

 

 

 

 

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