郡錦標賽回歸--有人能阻止薩里嗎?

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郡錦標賽回歸--有人能阻止薩里嗎?

自7月28日以來,沒有紅球縣級板球比賽--但冠軍賽在周一回歸,進行為期四周的不間斷比賽,這將決定本賽季的冠軍。

雖然比賽的權力機構已經建議縮小頂級聯賽的規模,減少板球比賽的天數,作為他們高性能審查的一部分,但一流的縣希望錦標賽在2023年保持每方14場比賽。

因此,按照目前的情況,今年夏天將有兩支球隊從第一區降級,兩支球隊從第二區升級。

那麼,今年夏天的冠軍賽故事的最後一章將如何演繹?

薩里隊在2018年獲得了他們的第20個冠軍--19個直接冠軍和1950年與蘭開夏郡分享的一個冠軍--連續贏得了9場比賽,本賽季幾乎同樣令人印象深刻,取得了7勝4平的成績。

羅里-伯恩斯的球隊本周沒有行動,所以漢普郡和蘭開夏,他們唯一現實的挑戰者,不滑倒是絕對的關鍵。

T20爆炸冠軍漢普郡正在追逐國內的三連勝,直到達倫-史蒂文斯在上周的單日杯半決賽中為肯特郡所做的擊球表演粉碎了他們的希望。

不過,雙冠王仍在繼續,事實上,今年夏天,排名第二的漢普郡比薩里多贏了一場冠軍賽,包括他們在7月份的所有三場比賽。

第九場勝利將使他們登上榜首,這將是他們的第三個冠軍,也是49年來的第一個冠軍--在凱爾-阿伯特(49歲)和基思-巴克(43歲)身上,他們有兩個在該地區領先的捕手。

蘭開夏郡排名第三,在擊敗蘇塞克斯進入單日杯決賽後,他們也在追趕雙冠王,但他們要比薩里郡多出34分--而且他們可以期待他們在阿聯酋老特拉福德球場的對手--玫瑰隊的對手約克郡的青睞。

"顯然,我們正在追趕薩里和漢普郡--每當我們做得很好時,他們似乎也做得很好,但我們必須保持信心,"隊長戴恩-維拉斯告訴BBC蘭開夏電台。

"我們知道我們必須贏得三場比賽,如果我們做到這一點,我們將給自己一個機會。"

誰會被淘汰?

格洛斯特郡自2005年以來的第一個賽季在甲級聯賽中的情況看起來很暗淡。

他們還沒有贏過一場比賽,在11場比賽中輸掉了8場,在對陣薩默塞特的比賽中,沒有什麼比勝利更重要的了,薩默塞特是緊隨他們之上的球隊。

格洛斯特郡落後於排名倒數第三的沃里克郡42分,沃里克郡本周沒有比賽,他們9月20日在布里斯托爾與沃里克郡相遇。

對於薩默塞特來說,這也是一個艱難的賽季,自2010年以來,他們已經在冠軍爭奪戰中五次獲得亞軍,並且自2007年以來沒有在第二級聯賽中打過球。

但是,他們在積分榜下半區的其他球隊中占有一席之地,而且在剩下的四場比賽中,他們不必與目前排名第五的北安普敦郡的其他球隊交手。

他們已經簽下了巴基斯坦揭幕戰選手Imam ul-Haq和投球手Sajid Khan,Matt Renshaw已經回到了澳大利亞的家中,他們還希望本賽季已經打出三場百球的隊長Tom Abell在腿筋受傷後能夠重新上陣。

薩默塞特的板球總監Andy Hurry告訴BBC布里斯托爾電台。"冠軍賽的開始並不順利。我們的一些表現確實令人高興,對格洛斯特郡和沃里克郡的幾場勝利。

"實際上,在休息前的最後幾場錦標賽中,我們已經開始從擊球的角度展示了一些我們需要學習的東西。因此,我們帶着樂觀的態度和滿滿的信心去了那裡。"

毫無疑問,諾丁漢郡覺得他們屬於一級聯賽,上賽季他們在因科維德而修訂的賽制下獲得第三名,離冠軍只差5分。

他們在擊球方面同樣強大--本-達克特的得分已經超過了1000分--和保齡球。在他們的六場勝利中,有兩場是以一局為勝,有兩場是以10個小球為勝,所以他們有信心在主場對陣排名墊底且不勝的萊斯特郡時取得七連勝。

不過,在喬尼-貝爾斯托在打高爾夫球時受傷後,達克特將無法出場,他被召入英格蘭測試隊。

諾茨的記錄中唯一的污點是本賽季初在特倫特橋主場被格拉摩根擊敗了7個球。

他們是一個晉級名額的明顯熱門,但另一個晉級名額就不那麼明顯了,與第二名的2016年冠軍米德爾塞克斯和第四名的德比郡只有10分的差距。

介於兩者之間的是格拉摩根,他們有機會在索菲亞花園對伍斯特郡的比賽中超越米德爾塞克斯--他們6月份在新路以三塊小球擊敗了伍斯特郡。

威爾士郡已經簽署了印度擊球手Shubman Gill和新西蘭旋轉器Ajaz Patel來填補澳大利亞人Marnus Labuschagne和Michael Neser留下的空缺。

德比郡有一場主場對陣達勒姆的比賽--但必須在沒有多產的Shan Masood的情況下進行管理,他正在參加巴基斯坦的國家T20比賽。

填補一個以平均82分的成績獲得1,074分的球員留下的空缺並不容易--但他們希望他能在最後兩輪比賽中回來,這將是他對俱樂部的告別,他已同意在2023年加入約克郡。


There has been no red-ball county cricket since 28 July - but the Championship returns on Monday for an uninterrupted four-week run that will decide this season's title.

Although the game's powers that be have recommended a smaller top division and fewer days of cricket as part of their high-performance review, the first-class counties want the Championship to remain 14 matches per side for 2023.

And so, as things stand two teams will be relegated from Division One and two promoted from Division Two this summer.

So how will the final chapter of this summer's Championship story play out?

Surrey clinched their 20th title in 2018 - 19 outright and one shared with Lancashire in 1950 - by winning nine games in a row and have been almost as impressive this season with seven victories and four draws.

Rory Burns' side are not in action this week, so it is absolutely crucial that Hampshire and Lancashire, their only realistic challengers, do not slip up.

T20 Blast winners Hampshire were chasing a domestic treble until Darren Stevens' batting heroics for Kent in last week's One-Day Cup semi-final dashed their hopes.

A double, though, is still on and second-placed Hampshire have in fact won one more Championship match than Surrey this summer, including all three they played in July.

A ninth victory would take them to the top of the table as they chase what would be only their third title, and first for 49 years - and in Kyle Abbott (49) and Keith Barker (43), they have two of the leading wicket-takers in the division.

Lancashire are third, and also in the hunt for a double after they beat Sussex to reach the One-Day Cup final, but have 34 points to make up on Surrey - and they can expect no favours from their opponents at Emirates Old Trafford, Roses rivals Yorkshire.

"Obviously we're chasing Surrey and Hampshire - whenever we do well, they seem to do well, but we've just got to keep believing," skipper Dane Vilas told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We know we've got to win three games and, if we do that, we'll give ourselves a chance."

Who could go down?

Things are looking bleak for Gloucestershire in their first season in Division One since 2005.

They have yet to win a game, and have lost eight out of 11, and nothing less a victory will do against Somerset, the team immediately above them in the table.

Gloucestershire are 42 points behind third-from-bottom Warwickshire, who do not play this week, and who they meet at Bristol on 20 September.

It has been a tough season too for Somerset, who have finished as runners-up in the title race five times since 2010 and have not played in the second tier since 2007.

But they have a game in hand on the other teams in the lower half of the table and do not have to play anyone higher than Northamptonshire, currently fifth, in their four remaining fixtures.

They have signed Pakistan opener Imam ul-Haq and off-spinner Sajid Khan for the final push, with Matt Renshaw having returned home to Australia, and are also hoping to have captain Tom Abell, who has already made three hundreds this season, back in action following a hamstring injury.

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry told BBC Radio Bristol: "The Championship didn't start well. We've put in some performances that have been really pleasing, a couple of wins against Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

"We actually started to demonstrate some of the learning we've needed from a batting perspective in the last few Championship games before the break. So we go in there with a lot of optimism and a lot of confidence."

Nottinghamshire no doubt feel they belong in Division One having finished third last season under the revised format in place because of Covid, just five points short of winning the title.

They are equally strong in batting - Ben Duckett has scored more than 1,000 runs already - and bowling. Two of their six wins have been by an innings and two by 10 wickets, so they will be confident of making it seven at home to bottom-of-the-table and winless Leicestershire.

Duckett, though, will not be available, after being called into the England Test squad after Jonny Bairstow suffered an injury while playing golf.

The only blemish on the Notts record is a seven-wicket home defeat by Glamorgan at Trent Bridge early in the season.

They are clear favourites for one promotion spot, but the other is less clear-cut with only 10 points separating 2016 champions Middlesex in second and Derbyshire in fourth.

In between are Glamorgan, who have a chance to leapfrog Middlesex in their game against Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens - a side they defeated by three wickets at New Road in June.

The Welsh county have signed India batter Shubman Gill and New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel to fill the gaps left by unavailable Australians Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser.

Derbyshire have a home fixture against Durham - but must manage without the prolific Shan Masood, who is involved in Pakistan's National T20 competition.

Filling the gap left by a player who has scored 1,074 runs at an average of 82 will not be easy - but they expect him back for the final two rounds of matches in what will be his farewell to the club, having agreed to join Yorkshire in 2023.

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