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Take part in the poll on the future of the LV=CC

Thursday 13th May 2010

Kent County Cricket Club have today launched a poll of members and supporters on the clubs“ forum regarding the future structure of the LV= County Championship. ECB have issued a consultation paper to counties for a response by Friday, June 4th.

The options presented by ECB, and widely reported elsewhere, are as follows:

•Option 1: Two divisions of eight and 10 teams: A Premier Division of eight teams and Division One of ten teams. Division One to be split into two regional pools of five teams for fixture purposes, with each county playing sides in their own pool twice and sides in the other pool once.

•Option 2: Conference with play-offs: American-style conferences, drawn randomly and not structured on merit. Three conferences of six teams each (12 matches against teams from the other two conference) with end-of-season play-offs.
•Option 3: Three divisions of five-day matches: Counties divided into three divisions of six teams with a two up, two down promotion scenario. Counties would play each other home and away.

•Option 4: Two Divisions of nine teams with 14 matches: Retain the present system of two divisions of nine, but with reduced games, removing the requirement for each county to play each other twice as each team play 12 matches.

•Option 5: Three divisions of seven counties: The addition of three minor counties to allow the championship to be split into three divisions of seven, with one-up, one-down relegation.

You can access the poll by clicking here:

Jamie Clifford, chief executive officer, said: “This is a very important piece of consultation being undertaken by ECB with the counties, and one that will influence the future structure of the game in this country. I would like to make sure that when the General Committee of the club meets towards the end of May to consider the options they are aware of the feelings of members and supporters. Whilst the forum is not scientific I am sure that it will help give us a strong indication of supporters“ views. I would like to thank our supporters in advance for helping us in this way.”

The poll will be live on the club“s website until Friday 21st May. Members and supporters are also invited to email in their views to communictations.kent@ecb.co.uk or by post to Supporters Consultation, Kent County Cricket Club, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NZ.