2021 County Championship
Administrator(s)England and Wales Cricket Board
Cricket formatFirst-class cricket (4 days)
Tournament format(s)League system
Participants18
2020

The 2021 County Championship (referred to as the LV= Insurance County Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the 121st cricket County Championship season in England and Wales.[1] For the first phase of the tournament, the teams were split into three groups of six, with each side playing ten matches.[2] The top two teams from each group progressed into Division One for the second phase of the competition, with the other teams progressing to Divisions Two and Three.[3] The team that finishes top of Division One will be the county champions; the top two teams from Division One will then contest a five-day match at Lord's for the Bob Willis Trophy.[4] On 17 December 2020, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed all the fixtures for the tournament.[5][6] After completion of the group stage on 14 July 2021, the ECB confirmed the fixtures for the division stage on 22 July 2021.[7]

In July 2021, in Lancashire's match against Kent, James Anderson took his 1,000th first-class wicket.[8]

For their final match in Group 3, Kent were forced to replace their entire side for their match against Sussex,[9] after a positive test for COVID-19 in their first XI.[10] On the second day of Kent's match, Nathan Gilchrist was forced to withdraw from the game, after being told to self-isolate.[11] The final Group 1 match between Derbyshire and Essex was called off prior to the start of the second day,[12] after a member of Derbyshire's team tested positive for COVID-19.[13] The ECB confirmed that the result of the match would be treated as a draw.[14] On 28 August 2021, the ECB announced that the Division 2 match between Durham and Surrey had been cancelled, after a member of the Surrey team had tested positive for COVID-19.[15]

Teams

The following teams are taking part in the County Championship:[16]

Team Primary home ground Other grounds Coach Captain
Derbyshire County Ground, Derby Queen's Park, Chesterfield Zimbabwe Dave Houghton England Billy Godleman
Durham Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street New Zealand James Franklin England Scott Borthwick
Essex County Ground, Chelmsford England Anthony McGrath England Tom Westley
Glamorgan Sophia Gardens, Cardiff England Matthew Maynard South Africa Chris Cooke
Gloucestershire County Ground, Bristol College Ground, Cheltenham Australia Ian Harvey (interim) England Chris Dent
Hampshire Rose Bowl, Southampton South Africa Adrian Birrell England James Vince
Kent St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury England Matt Walker England Sam Billings
Lancashire Old Trafford, Manchester Liverpool CC, Liverpool England Glen Chapple South Africa Dane Vilas
Leicestershire Grace Road, Leicester England Paul Nixon Netherlands Colin Ackermann
Middlesex Lord's, London Merchant Taylors' School Ground, Northwood Australia Stuart Law England Stephen Eskinazi
Northamptonshire County Ground, Northampton England David Ripley England Adam Rossington
Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge, Nottingham England Peter Moores England Steven Mullaney
Somerset County Ground, Taunton England Jason Kerr England Tom Abell
Surrey The Oval, London England Vikram Solanki England Rory Burns
Sussex County Ground, Hove England Ian Salisbury England Ben Brown
Warwickshire Edgbaston, Birmingham England Mark Robinson England Will Rhodes
Worcestershire New Road, Worcester England Alex Gidman England Joe Leach
Yorkshire Headingley, Leeds North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough England Andrew Gale England Steven Patterson

Group stage

Teams

The teams were placed into the following groups for the Group Stage:[17]

Fixtures

Group 1

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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490/9d (157.4 overs)
Tom Westley 213 (408)
Ed Barnard 2/67 (27 overs)
475 (177.3 overs)
Jake Libby 180* (496)
Sam Cook 4/100 (37 overs)
28/1 (10 overs)
Alastair Cook 12* (17)
Joe Leach 1/14 (4 overs)

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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189 (78.2 overs)
Matt Critchley 64 (97)
Liam Norwell 5/32 (18 overs)
221 (75.2 overs)
Matt Lamb 54 (113)
Matt Critchley 2/22 (6 overs)
244 (72.4 overs)
Matt Critchley 83 (158)
Oliver Hannon-Dalby 5/29 (9 overs)
7/0 (4.1 overs)
Will Rhodes 5* (16)
  • Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field.

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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330 (121.2 overs)
Ben Raine 59* (121)
Luke Fletcher 3/83 (29.3 overs)
267 (74.1 overs)
Tom Moores 96* (151)
Matt Salisbury 4/74 (19 overs)
332/4d (76 overs)
David Bedingham 180* (228)
Brett Hutton 2/33 (10.5 overs)
298/5 (83.3 overs)
Lyndon James 79* (155)
Chris Rushworth 2/36 (17 overs)
Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Ben Debenham and Ian Gould
  • Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to field.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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390 (111.2 overs)
Matt Critchley 109 (159)
Ed Barnard 4/67 (25.2 overs)
305 (102 overs)
Tom Fell 69 (147)
Matt Critchley 5/67 (25 overs)
312/5d (80 overs)
Matt Critchley 84 (109)
Daryl Mitchell 2/34 (15 overs)
193/8 (83.5 overs)
Ben Cox 60* (148)
Ben Aitchison 3/18 (12 overs)
  • Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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96 (41.3 overs)
Dan Lawrence 32 (68)
Chris Rushworth 3/13 (11 overs)
259 (82.3 overs)
Scott Borthwick 100 (129)
Simon Harmer 5/79 (34 overs)
330 (122.2 overs)
Paul Walter 77 (134)
Brydon Carse 5/82 (27.2 overs)
123 (56.4 overs)
Jack Burnham 43 (82)
Simon Harmer 5/57 (24 overs)
Essex won by 44 runs
County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Peter Hartley
  • Essex won the toss and elected to bat.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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273 (88 overs)
Liam Patterson-White 73* (117)
Will Rhodes 4/53 (18 overs)
201 (70.4 overs)
Sam Hain 72 (142)
Stuart Broad 3/50 (19 overs)
260 (88.2 overs)
Joe Clarke 56 (96)
Danny Briggs 4/68 (23.2 overs)
333/7 (121.5 overs)
Tim Bresnan 68* (149)
Dane Paterson 3/77 (29.5 overs)
Warwickshire won by 3 wickets
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Neil Mallender and Steve O'Shaughnessy
  • Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bat.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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436 (145.1 overs)
Jake Libby 117 (217)
Liam Patterson-White 4/114 (41.1 overs)
276 (104.4 overs)
Haseeb Hameed 111 (304)
Charlie Morris 3/30 (20 overs)
236/0d (109 overs) (f/o)
Ben Slater 114* (323)
  • Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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295 (89.5 overs)
Nick Browne 68 (169)
Oliver Hannon-Dalby 4/73 (20.5 overs)
284 (111.1 overs)
Danny Briggs 66* (119)
Simon Harmer 4/89 (38.1 overs)
244 (94 overs)
Simon Harmer 82* (217)
Craig Miles 4/70 (22 overs)
256/3 (80.4 overs)
Rob Yates 120* (231)
Paul Walter 2/18 (5 overs)
Warwickshire won by 7 wickets
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
Umpires: Alex Wharf and Mike Burns
  • Essex won the toss and elected to bat.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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475 (147.4 overs)
David Bedingham 257 (410)
Sam Conners 5/83 (24.4 overs)
267 (83.1 overs)
Wayne Madsen 76 (111)
Chris Rushworth 6/58 (22 overs)
175/2d (44.5 overs)
Alex Lees 78* (131)
Fynn Hudson-Prentice 1/27 (8 overs)
280/5 (97 overs)
Wayne Madsen 74 (138)
Ben Raine 3/58 (24 overs)

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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256 (68.4 overs)
Ben Slater 107 (191)
Fynn Hudson-Prentice 4/36 (16.4 overs)
105 (34.5 overs)
Matt Critchley 33 (30)
Luke Fletcher 5/28 (14.5 overs)
318 (70.4 overs)
Haseeb Hameed 94 (142)
Fynn Hudson-Prentice 4/40 (12.4 overs)
159 (41.5 overs)
Ben Aitchison 50 (49)
Stuart Broad 4/37 (13 overs)
Nottinghamshire won by 310 runs
County Cricket Ground, Derby
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Tim Robinson
  • Derbyshire won the toss and elected to field.

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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561/8d (174 overs)
Alastair Cook 115 (263)
Brett D'Oliveira 3/147 (46 overs)
364 (138.1 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 67 (141)
Sam Cook 4/60 (29 overs)
129/2 (57 overs) (f/o)
Jake Libby 52* (139)
Sam Cook 2/7 (11 overs)
Match drawn
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Robert White
  • Essex won the toss and elected to bat.

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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87 (42.5 overs)
Liam Norwell 25 (66)
Ben Raine 5/9 (13 overs)
391/9d (145 overs)
Alex Lees 129 (353)
Danny Briggs 4/93 (31 overs)
177 (67.3 overs)
Tim Bresnan 39* (89)
Brydon Carse 5/49 (14 overs)
Durham won by an innings and 127 runs
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Umpires: Michael Gough and Russell Warren
  • Durham won the toss and elected to field.

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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343 (117.2 overs)
Rob Yates 104 (229)
Ed Barnard 3/76 (21.2 overs)
364/8d (113 overs)
Jack Haynes 87 (211)
Will Rhodes 2/39 (12 overs)
70/3 (25 overs)
Pieter Malan 28 (31)
Alzarri Joseph 2/22 (6 overs)
  • Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 3 due to rain.

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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99 (41 overs)
Nick Browne 53 (112)
Luke Fletcher 6/24 (16 overs)
323 (86 overs)
Steven Mullaney 117 (160)
Shane Snater 7/98 (26 overs)
194 (85.2 overs)
Nick Browne 64 (197)
Lyndon James 4/51 (20 overs)
Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 30 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Rob Bailey and Steve O'Shaughnessy
  • Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 3 due to rain.

13–16 May 2021
Scorecard
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246 (82.2 overs)
Alex Lees 99 (202)
Josh Tongue 5/39 (19.2 overs)
213 (69.4 overs)
Tom Fell 44 (95)
Chris Rushworth 5/56 (18.4 overs)
389/5d (110.5 overs)
Will Young 103 (254)
Josh Tongue 2/59 (21 overs)
164 (60.2 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 62 (72)
Chris Rushworth 4/52 (20 overs)
  • Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Chris Rushworth became the leading wicket-taker for Durham, taking his 528th first-class wicket for the county.[21]

13–16 May 2021
Scorecard
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412/3d (76 overs)
Dan Lawrence 152* (133)
Billy Stanlake 2/91 (17 overs)
146 (56.5 overs)
Brooke Guest 49 (116)
Simon Harmer 9/80 (25.5 overs)
251 (92.4 overs) (f/o)
Brooke Guest 65 (141)
Jamie Porter 3/41 (19 overs)
Essex won by an innings and 15 runs
County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford
Umpires: Hassan Adnan and Ian Blackwell
  • Derbyshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 1 due to rain.

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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400/5d (84.3 overs)
Ben Duckett 177* (196)
Dillon Pennington 2/66 (19 overs)
80 (32.5 overs)
Ben Cox 12 (61)
Luke Fletcher 7/37 (16 overs)
150 (57.4 overs) (f/o)
Jake Libby 64 (80)
Dane Paterson 4/49 (18.4 overs)
Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 170 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Alex Wharf and Billy Taylor
  • Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 15.5 overs of play were possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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166 (69.2 overs)
Tim Bresnan 50 (105)
Peter Siddle 6/38 (21 overs)
217 (82.3 overs)
Alastair Cook 57 (105)
Will Rhodes 3/21 (11 overs)
66/1 (23.5 overs)
Danny Briggs 37* (66)
Sam Cook 1/7 (8.5 overs)
  • Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Only 10.3 overs of play were possible on day 2 due to rain.

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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258 (87.4 overs)
Matt Critchley 49 (92)
Chris Rushworth 6/49 (19.4 overs)
208 (67.4 overs)
Ned Eckersley 82 (96)
Ben Aitchison 6/28 (16 overs)
  • Durham won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 17 overs of play were possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.
  • Anuj Dal replaced Harvey Hosein for Derbyshire during day 3 as a concussion substitute.[22]

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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182 (62.2 overs)
Michael Pepper 92 (167)
Chris Rushworth 4/32 (16 overs)
99 (47.4 overs)
Cameron Bancroft 20 (67)
Sam Cook 4/38 (21 overs)
301 (89.5 overs)
Adam Wheater 81 (132)
Ben Raine 5/64 (23.5 overs)
189 (87 overs)
Alex Lees 48 (119)
Jamie Porter 4/31 (19 overs)
  • Durham won the toss and elected to field.

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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341 (119.1 overs)
Will Rhodes 91 (189)
Dane Paterson 5/90 (28 overs)
297 (95.2 overs)
Ben Slater 77 (160)
Liam Norwell 4/64 (20 overs)
264 (85.1 overs)
Michael Burgess 80 (128)
Luke Fletcher 4/38 (14.1 overs)
138 (65.3 overs)
Ben Slater 27 (36)
Danny Briggs 4/36 (24.3 overs)
Warwickshire won by 170 runs
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Russell Warren
  • Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to field.

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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421 (121.2 overs)
Jack Haynes 97 (187)
Dustin Melton 3/76 (16 overs)
270 (82.4 overs)
Wayne Madsen 51 (132)
Dillon Pennington 4/44 (19.4 overs)
128 (58.2 overs) (f/o)
Wayne Madsen 45 (86)
Dillon Pennington 5/32 (14 overs)
Worcestershire won by an innings and 23 runs
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Ben Debenham and Rob Bailey

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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131 (50.3 overs)
Brett D'Oliveira 39* (111)
Brydon Carse 4/25 (13 overs)
381 (109.3 overs)
David Bedingham 121 (183)
Josh Tongue 4/73 (25 overs)
336 (102.5 overs)
Jake Libby 126 (210)
Matty Potts 4/66 (24 overs)
89/0 (20.2 overs)
Cameron Bancroft 46* (71)
Durham won by 10 wickets
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: David Millns and Neil Bainton
  • Durham won the toss and elected to field.

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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293 (118.1 overs)
Joe Clarke 67 (119)
Simon Harmer 4/71 (33.1 overs)
210 (89.1 overs)
Tom Westley 71 (174)
Brett Hutton 5/65 (26.1 overs)
44/2 (27.2 overs)
Ben Slater 19* (87)
Peter Siddle 1/10 (6.2 overs)
  • Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.
  • Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire) took his 200th first-class wicket.[24]

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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274 (99.3 overs)
Sam Hain 77 (161)
Sam Conners 4/46 (18 overs)
121 (39.4 overs)
Billy Godleman 32 (48)
Craig Miles 5/30 (11.4 overs)
155 (58 overs)
Sam Hain 46 (90)
Michael Cohen 5/43 (16 overs)
117 (39.5 overs)
Wayne Madsen 29 (50)
Oliver Hannon-Dalby 4/24 (12 overs)
Warwickshire won by 191 runs
County Cricket Ground, Derby
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Nigel Llong
  • Derbyshire won the toss and elected to field.

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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149 (79.1 overs)
Fynn Hudson-Prentice 30 (53)
Luke Fletcher 3/36 (24 overs)
307 (88.4 overs)
Ben Duckett 69* (81)
Fynn Hudson-Prentice 5/68 (28 overs)
122 (46.4 overs)
Matt Critchley 36 (47)
Luke Fletcher 5/28 (11.4 overs)
Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 36 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Neil Pratt

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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237 (95 overs)
Rob Yates 102 (239)
Ben Raine 3/51 (22 overs)
253/7 (90 overs)
David Bedingham 92* (161)
Craig Miles 5/62 (23 overs)

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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328 (100.2 overs)
Liam Patterson-White 73 (116)
Chris Rushworth 4/75 (26.2 overs)
165 (54.1 overs)
Scott Borthwick 38 (89)
Joey Evison 5/21 (8 overs)
217 (64.3 overs)
Haseeb Hameed 58 (117)
Scott Borthwick 4/32 (5.3 overs)
188/4 (55 overs)
Michael Jones 46 (95)
Steven Mullaney 1/16 (9 overs)
Match drawn
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Umpires: Nigel Llong and Neil Pratt
  • Durham won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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395 (120.2 overs)
Pieter Malan 141 (207)
Ish Sodhi 6/89 (30.2 overs)
447/9d (174 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 113 (280)
Liam Norwell 3/69 (30 overs)
215/2d (59.5 overs)
Rob Yates 88 (173)
Josh Baker 1/67 (17 overs)
Match drawn
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Nick Cook and Chris Watts
  • Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Josh Baker (Worcestershire) and Jake Lintott (Warwickshire) both made their first-class debuts.

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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146 (57.1 overs)
Leus du Plooy 43 (91)
Shane Snater 3/45 (14 overs)
86/3 (38 overs)
Alastair Cook 30 (46)
Fynn Hudson-Prentice 2/24 (10 overs)
  • Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was abandoned ahead of the second day due to a positive COVID-19 test in Derbyshire's squad.[26]

Group 2

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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313 (102.4 overs)
Sam Robson 165 (263)
Lewis Gregory 5/68 (20 overs)
172 (48.5 overs)
Marchant de Lange 51 (50)
Tim Murtagh 4/46 (14 overs)
143 (51.4 overs)
Stephen Eskinazi 53 (126)
Jack Leach 3/18 (11.4 overs)
285/6 (77.2 overs)
Tom Abell 84 (145)
Ethan Bamber 3/77 (20.2 overs)
Somerset won by 4 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Chris Watts and Richard Kettleborough
  • Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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612/5d (120 overs)
James Vince 231 (220)
Chris Wright 2/111 (26 overs)
202 (76.5 overs)
Harry Swindells 59 (109)
Kyle Abbott 3/27 (14 overs)
305 (95.5 overs) (f/o)
Lewis Hill 65 (121)
Mason Crane 3/102 (29 overs)
Hampshire won by an innings and 105 runs
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Michael Gough
  • Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat.

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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220 (70.3 overs)
Hashim Amla 56 (99)
Josh Shaw 4/48 (16 overs)
326 (94 overs)
Chris Dent 78 (96)
Reece Topley 5/66 (24 overs)
333 (104 overs)
Ben Foakes 133 (250)
Matthew Taylor 4/94 (29 overs)
229/2 (37.1 overs)
Graeme van Buuren 110* (98)
Amar Virdi 1/54 (11 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 8 wickets
Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Ian Blackwell and Rob White
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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312 (94.1 overs)
Steven Davies 87 (180)
Matthew Taylor 3/67 (17.1 overs)
309 (110.1 overs)
James Bracey 118 (234)
Marchant de Lange 4/63 (21.1 overs)
149 (65.5 overs)
James Hildreth 64 (150)
Ryan Higgins 4/29 (16.5 overs)
156/2 (41.1 overs)
James Bracey 83* (122)
Marchant de Lange 1/13 (6 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 8 wickets
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Richard Illingworth
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Dominic Goodman (Gloucestershire) made his first-class debut.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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319 (110.2 overs)
Ian Holland 64 (138)
Steven Finn 4/96 (25.2 overs)
79 (34.4 overs)
Nathan Sowter 24* (57)
Mohammad Abbas 6/11 (11 overs)
290/4d (67 overs)
Ian Holland 146* (186)
Steven Finn 2/47 (11 overs)
281 (99 overs)
Robbie White 73 (161)
Ian Holland 3/19 (9 overs)
Hampshire won by 249 runs
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: Nigel Llong and Tom Lungley

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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375 (117.3 overs)
Sam Evans 138 (280)
Jordan Clark 3/52 (20 overs)
672/8d (141.4 overs)
Ollie Pope 245 (272)
Colin Ackermann 2/90 (21 overs)
295/3 (92 overs)
Hassan Azad 144* (280)
Jordan Clark 2/37 (11 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Paul Pollard
  • Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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233 (82.4 overs)
Lewis Hill 68 (119)
Craig Overton 3/39 (17.4 overs)
318 (80.2 overs)
Tom Abell 88 (142)
Ben Mike 3/50 (14 overs)
199 (70.4 overs)
Harry Swindells 49 (98)
Craig Overton 5/25 (18 overs)
118/1 (26.5 overs)
Tom Lammonby 70* (80)
Chris Wright 1/16 (5 overs)
Somerset won by 9 wickets
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Rob Bailey and Tim Robinson
  • Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rishi Patel replaced Colin Ackermann for Leicestershire ahead of Day 3 as a concussion replacement.[28]

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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470 (144.1 overs)
Tom Alsop 149 (290)
Daniel Worrall 4/75 (31)
320 (132.1 overs)
Ryan Higgins 73 (139)
Mohammad Abbas 4/41 (19 overs)
197/9 (97 overs) (f/o)
Tom Lace 38 (102)
Brad Wheal 4/59 (21 overs)
  • Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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154 (55.4 overs)
Mark Stoneman 44 (106)
Tim Murtagh 4/28 (15 overs)
268 (100.5 overs)
Sam Robson 95 (256)
Reece Topley 4/56 (26 overs)
130 (52 overs)
Rory Burns 54 (103)
Toby Roland-Jones 4/29 (12 overs)
18/0 (2.3 overs)
Max Holden 11* (11)
Middlesex won by 10 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Michael Gough and Neil Bainton
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to field.
  • Luke Hollman (Middlesex) made his first-class debut.

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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357 (110 overs)
Robbie White 92 (244)
Josh Davey 3/33 (14 overs)
268 (80.2 overs)
George Bartlett 55 (114)
Steven Finn 5/77 (20 overs)
117 (50 overs)
Max Holden 30 (40)
Craig Overton 5/34 (19 overs)
209/6 (57.4 overs)
Tom Abell 49 (107)
Tim Murtagh 4/53 (21 overs)
Somerset won by 4 wickets
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: Ian Gould and Mike Burns

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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92 (34.3 overs)
Lewis McManus 31* (44)
Jordan Clark 6/91 (10.3 overs)
560/7d (142.5 overs)
Hashim Amla 215* (367)
Scott Currie 4/109 (27.5 overs)
179 (60.3 overs)
Lewis McManus 51 (129)
Kemar Roach 8/40 (18.3 overs)
Surrey won by an innings and 289 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: Paul Baldwin and Richard Kettleborough
  • Surrey won the toss and elected to field.

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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421 (144.1 overs)
Lewis Hill 121 (221)
Daniel Worrall 5/79 (34.1 overs)
275 (78.2 overs)
Chris Dent 53 (83)
Chris Wright 7/53 (24.2 overs)
201 (49.4 overs)
Rishi Patel 44 (48)
Ryan Higgins 5/62 (16.4 overs)
348/6 (78.2 overs)
Ian Cockbain 117 (179)
Callum Parkinson 3/93 (26 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 4 wickets
Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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210 (80.5 overs)
Robbie White 76* (149)
David Payne 5/31 (18.5 overs)
273 (87.2 overs)
James Bracey 75 (143)
Martin Andersson 3/64 (15 overs)
152 (51.1 overs)
Nick Gubbins 52 (100)
David Payne 6/56 (17 overs)
93/3 (26.1 overs)
Tom Lace 31* (34)
Ethan Bamber 2/30 (9 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 7 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Paul Pollard
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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79 (40.3 overs)
Joe Weatherley 20 (69)
Lewis Gregory 4/26 (13.3 overs)
336 (99 overs)
Craig Overton 74 (93)
Keith Barker 4/67 (24 overs)
258 (131 overs)
Keith Barker 52* (95)
Josh Davey 5/30 (24 overs)
2/0 (0.1 overs)
Eddie Byrom 2* (1)
Somerset won by 10 wickets
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: Alex Wharf and Graham Lloyd
  • Somerset won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 9.3 overs of play were possible on day 3 due to rain.

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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496 (141.2 overs)
Sam Evans 112 (221)
Amar Virdi 6/171 (44.2 overs)
324 (87.5 overs)
Mark Stoneman 119 (247)
Chris Wright 5/60 (24 overs)
  • Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible on day 3 due to rain.

13–16 May 2021
Scorecard
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172 (68.1 overs)
Nick Gubbins 51 (131)
Kyle Abbott 6/44 (18.1 overs)
208 (73 overs)
Keith Barker 84 (116)
Tim Murtagh 3/48 (16 overs)
101 (29.5 overs)
Peter Handscomb 24 (12)
Kyle Abbott 5/41 (9.5 overs)
66/3 (15.3 overs)
Ian Holland 22 (32)
Tim Murtagh 2/29 (3.3 overs)
Hampshire won by 7 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Neil Mallender
  • Hampshire won the toss and elected to field.

13–16 May 2021
Scorecard
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206/4 (68 overs)
Rory Burns 55 (104)
Lewis Gregory 2/64 (22 overs)
Match drawn
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: Nick Cook and Russell Warren
  • Somerset won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • Only 9 overs of play was possible on day 3 due to rain.
  • No play was possible on day 4 due to a wet outfield.

19–22 May 2021
Scorecard
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233 (71 overs)
Ian Holland 82 (136)
Ed Barnes 4/61 (19 overs)
84 (35.5 overs)
Rishi Patel 27 (54)
Kyle Abbott 6/47 (14 overs)
0/0f (0 overs)
26/1 (17 overs)
Sam Evans 8 (23)
Kyle Abbott 1/6 (6 overs)
  • Leicestershire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 26.2 overs of play were possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • With overs lost in the game due to the weather, Hampshire forfeited their second innings in an attempt to produce a result.[30]

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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190 (77.1 overs)
Rory Burns 64 (156)
Martin Andersson 3/30 (7 overs)
160 (46.3 overs)
John Simpson 68 (100)
Jordan Clark 4/41 (13.3 overs)
259/2d (56.1 overs)
Rory Burns 104* (160)
Ethan Bamber 1/39 (9 overs)
250/6 (56.3 overs)
Nick Gubbins 124 (145)
Kemar Roach 5/86 (19 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Ian Blackwell
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 18 overs of play were possible on day 2 due to rain.

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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300/8d (101.3 overs)
Tom Abell 132* (287)
Daniel Worrall 3/52 (20.3 overs)
27/6 (14.2 overs)
Kraigg Brathwaite 15 (42)
Craig Overton 4/16 (7.2 overs)
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 20.2 overs of play were possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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473 (158 overs)
Hashim Amla 173 (347)
Ryan Higgins 4/69 (29 overs)
158 (75.5 overs)
Miles Hammond 77 (188)
Dan Moriarty 6/60 (26.5 overs)
268 (78.5 overs) (f/o)
Jonathan Tattersall 86* (136)
Amar Virdi 4/96 (26 overs)
Surrey won by an innings and 47 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Ian Gould
  • Surrey won the toss and elected to bat.

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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295 (111 overs)
John Simpson 95* (176)
Callum Parkinson 3/76 (29 overs)
136 (55.1 overs)
Callum Parkinson 41 (103)
Martin Andersson 4/27 (11 overs)
218 (82.1 overs)
Stephen Eskinazi 46 (112)
Chris Wright 6/48 (23.1 overs)
378/5 (123.1 overs)
Marcus Harris 185 (311)
Ethan Bamber 2/75 (26 overs)
Leicestershire won by 5 wickets
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Mark Newell and Tim Robinson
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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360 (83.2 overs)
Lewis Gregory 107 (143)
Keith Barker 6/72 (24 overs)
311 (104.2 overs)
Lewis McManus 91 (161)
Josh Davey 5/78 (25.2 overs)
409/7d (103.1 overs)
George Bartlett 100 (161)
Felix Organ 3/115 (29 overs)
88/2 (33.2 overs)
Tom Alsop 23* (68)
Lewis Gregory 2/18 (10 overs)
  • Hampshire won the toss and elected to field.

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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451 (132 overs)
Marcus Harris 148 (236)
Josh Shaw 2/55 (16 overs)
158 (50.3 overs)
Miles Hammond 67 (107)
Callum Parkinson 5/45 (18 overs)
200 (70 overs) (f/o)
Ian Cockbain 59 (136)
Callum Parkinson 5/63 (32 overs)
Leicestershire won by an innings and 93 runs
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Nick Cook and Russell Warren
  • Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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488 (134.5 overs)
Colin de Grandhomme 174* (213)
Jordan Clark 4/110 (33 overs)
72 (31.4 overs)
Hashim Amla 29 (65)
Keith Barker 4/24 (14 overs)
122/8 (104.5 overs) (f/o)
Hashim Amla 37* (278)
Keith Barker 3/9 (22 overs)
Match drawn
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: Chris Watts and Ian Gould

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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461/9d (115 overs)
Devon Conway 88 (146)
Gavin Griffiths 3/93 (20 overs)
475/7 (152 overs)
Harry Swindells 171* (322)
Marchant de Lange 3/110 (30 overs)

5–8 July 2021
Scorecard
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248 (94.1 overs)
Miles Hammond 75 (180)
Ethan Bamber 3/39 (22 overs)
101 (36 overs)
Sam Robson 37 (91)
Matthew Taylor 4/19 (9 overs)
272 (72.2 overs)
James Bracey 88 (149)
Daryl Mitchell 4/42 (10 overs)
255 (127.3 overs)
Stephen Eskinazi 102 (300)
Matthew Taylor 5/40 (29 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 164 runs
College Ground, Cheltenham
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Mark Newell

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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229 (73.4 overs)
Glenn Phillips 47 (77)
Colin de Grandhomme 4/31 (18 overs)
486/7d (143 overs)
Nick Gubbins 137* (248)
Ryan Higgins 3/92 (35 overs)
310 (126.1 overs)
Tom Lace 118 (241)
Mason Crane 3/55 (39 overs)
56/3 (10.3 overs)
Ian Holland 19 (25)
Daniel Worrall 3/21 (5.3 overs)
Hampshire won by 7 wickets
College Ground, Cheltenham
Umpires: Paul Pollard and Rob White
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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324 (108.4 overs)
Sam Robson 154 (277)
Will Davis 5/66 (27.4 overs)
228 (86 overs)
Colin Ackermann 82 (226)
Tim Murtagh 3/49 (20 overs)
196 (77.4 overs)
Stephen Eskinazi 66* (184)
Callum Parkinson 4/35 (20.4 overs)
171 (61 overs)
Josh Inglis 52 (85)
Tim Murtagh 4/36 (15.3 overs)
Middlesex won by 121 runs
Merchant Taylors' School Ground, Northwood
Umpires: Ben Debenham and Mark Newell
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Joe Cracknell (Middlesex) made his first-class debut.

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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429 (148.5 overs)
James Hildreth 107 (212)
Jordan Clark 3/75 (27 overs)
240 (114.1 overs)
Mark Stoneman 67 (167)
Jack Leach 6/43 (35.1 overs)
69 (29.1 overs)
James Hildreth 14 (20)
Ravichandran Ashwin 6/27 (15 overs)
106/4 (41 overs)
Jamie Smith 46* (98)
Roelof van der Merwe 3/60 (17 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: Peter Hartley and Russell Warren
  • Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

Group 3

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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445 (128.5 overs)
Darren Stevens 116* (134)
Nathan Buck 3/84 (24 overs)
434 (123.4 overs)
Ricardo Vasconcelos 154 (209)
Harry Podmore 4/77 (21.4 overs)
42/1 (13.1 overs)
Zak Crawley 19* (34)
Ben Sanderson 1/6 (6 overs)
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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330 (101.4 overs)
Timm van der Gugten 85* (145)
Ben Coad 4/94 (26 overs)
193 (58.2 overs)
Adam Lyth 52 (70)
Callum Taylor 2/16 (4.2 overs)
241/4d (78.4 overs)
Billy Root 110* (217)
Ben Coad 3/18 (7 overs)
223/4 (66 overs)
Adam Lyth 115* (196)
Michael Hogan 2/32 (13 overs)
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Jamie McIlroy (Glamorgan) made his first-class debut.

8–11 April 2021
Scorecard
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301 (100.4 overs)
Tom Haines 155 (263)
Tom Bailey 4/48 (22.4 overs)
407 (109.4 overs)
Dane Vilas 189 (252)
Sean Hunt 3/47 (21 overs)
103/2 (56.3 overs)
Aaron Thomason 46* (189)
Saqib Mahmood 2/19 (13 overs)
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Sean Hunt (Sussex) made his first-class debut.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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305 (115.2 overs)
Josh Bohannon 68 (156)
Simon Kerrigan 4/60 (34 overs)
177 (62 overs)
Adam Rossington 49 (84)
Tom Bailey 3/32 (10 overs)
296/7d (81 overs)
Steven Croft 103* (174)
Nathan Buck 2/70 (18 overs)
218 (105.3 overs)
Luke Procter 93 (294)
Luke Wood 3/31 (13 overs)
  • Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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379 (105.2 overs)
Adam Lyth 97 (116)
Darren Stevens 4/60 (19.2 overs)
265 (87.1 overs)
Darren Stevens 52 (99)
Steven Patterson 3/43 (18 overs)
330/5d (75.2 overs)
Adam Lyth 116 (169)
Joe Denly 2/61 (13.2 overs)
244 (88.4 overs)
Matt Milnes 78 (210)
David Willey 5/61 (16.4 overs)
Yorkshire won by 200 runs
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Umpires: Ian Gould and Martin Saggers
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.

15–18 April 2021
Scorecard
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285 (75 overs)
Kiran Carlson 127* (182)
Ollie Robinson 4/50 (18 overs)
481 (123.3 overs)
Stiaan van Zyl 113 (153)
Michael Hogan 4/46 (23.3 overs)
349 (127.1 overs)
Kiran Carlson 132* (198)
Ollie Robinson 9/78 (30.1 overs)
154/2 (40.1 overs)
Aaron Thomason 78* (118)
David Lloyd 1/22 (5 overs)
Sussex won by 8 wickets
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Alex Wharf and Ben Debenham
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to field.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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407 (113.1 overs)
Chris Cooke 136 (227)
Gareth Berg 3/69 (25 overs)
364 (105 overs)
Adam Rossington 76 (95)
James Weighell 2/56 (21 overs)
311/5d (82 overs)
Nick Selman 69 (166)
Nathan Buck 3/65 (15 overs)
357/3 (72.4 overs)
Ricardo Vasconcelos 185* (221)
David Lloyd 1/47 (10.4 overs)
Northamptonshire won by 7 wickets
County Cricket Ground, Northampton
Umpires: Peter Hartley and Steve O'Shaughnessy
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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525 (167.2 overs)
Danny Lamb 125 (232)
Darren Stevens 2/44 (26 overs)
169 (50.3 overs)
Zak Crawley 60 (65)
Tom Bailey 4/46 (15 overs)
351 (138 overs) (f/o)
Daniel Bell-Drummond 114 (219)
Matt Parkinson 7/126 (52 overs)
Lancashire won by an innings and 5 runs
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Nigel Llong
  • Kent won the toss and elected to field.
  • Danny Lamb (Lancashire) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[31]

22–25 April 2021
Scorecard
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150 (50.5 overs)
Adam Lyth 42 (58)
George Garton 3/25 (11 overs)
221 (76.3 overs)
Tom Haines 86 (142)
Steven Patterson 4/26 (12.3 overs)
305 (103.4 overs)
Gary Ballance 74 (151)
Jack Carson 5/85 (39.4 overs)
186 (69.5 overs)
Ben Brown 46 (111)
Dom Bess 6/53 (29.5 overs)
Yorkshire won by 48 runs
County Cricket Ground, Hove
Umpires: Ian Blackwell and Paul Pollard
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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138 (45.3 overs)
Zak Crawley 33 (66)
Timm van der Gugten 4/41 (11.3 overs)
197 (61.5 overs)
David Lloyd 62 (103)
Darren Stevens 5/53 (23 overs)
74 (26.5 overs)
Heino Kuhn 14 (18)
Michael Hogan 5/28 (10 overs)
19/0 (2.2 overs)
David Lloyd 19* (8)
Glamorgan won by 10 wickets
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Ian Blackwell and Neil Bainton
  • Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Darren Stevens (Kent) took his 30th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.[32]
  • 136.3 overs were bowled in total, making this the shortest four-day County match involving Glamorgan.[33]

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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328 (102.2 overs)
Stiaan van Zyl 79 (145)
Danny Lamb 3/59 (23.2 overs)
230 (98.2 overs)
Keaton Jennings 60 (151)
Jack Carson 4/51 (29 overs)
154 (46.1 overs)
Delray Rawlins 45 (78)
Tom Bailey 3/28 (10 overs)
255/5 (68.2 overs)
Keaton Jennings 91* (194)
Jack Carson 3/45 (24 overs)
Lancashire won by 5 wickets
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Umpires: Neil Mallender and Peter Hartley
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Jamie Atkins (Sussex) made his first-class debut.

29 April–2 May 2021
Scorecard
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206 (63.3 overs)
Dom Bess 56 (95)
Wayne Parnell 5/64 (15.3 overs)
234 (88.5 overs)
Saif Zaib 55 (134)
Steven Patterson 3/35 (18 overs)
247 (78.4 overs)
David Willey 41* (73)
Wayne Parnell 5/79 (17.4 overs)
218 (73.5 overs)
Ricardo Vasconcelos 41 (62)
David Willey 3/39 (18 overs)
Yorkshire won by 1 run
Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds
Umpires: David Millns and Nick Cook
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • This was the first time that Northamptonshire had lost a first-class match by one run.[34]
  • It was the second time that Yorkshire had won a first-class match by one run, after they beat Middlesex by one run in the 1976 County Championship.[35]

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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344 (109.5 overs)
David Lloyd 78 (129)
James Anderson 3/40 (24 overs)
301/9d (94.3 overs)
Keaton Jennings 64 (174)
Andrew Salter 2/49 (13 overs)
  • Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible on day 3 due to rain.

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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106 (42.2 overs)
Ollie Robinson 49* (92)
Gareth Berg 5/18 (13 overs)
441/9d (102 overs)
Saif Zaib 135 (202)
Ollie Robinson 5/58 (26 overs)
215 (63.2 overs)
Stiaan van Zyl 72 (123)
Ben Sanderson 5/71 (22 overs)
Northamptonshire won by an innings and 120 runs
County Cricket Ground, Northampton
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Paul Baldwin
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 3 due to rain.
  • Joe Sarro (Sussex) made his first-class debut.
  • Saif Zaib (Northamptonshire) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[36]

6–9 May 2021
Scorecard
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305 (111.3 overs)
Zak Crawley 90 (171)
Ben Coad 3/53 (22 overs)
321 (105.3 overs)
Gary Ballance 96 (201)
Nathan Gilchrist 4/74 (18 overs)
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 3 due to rain.

13–16 May 2021
Scorecard
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145 (54.3 overs)
Jack Leaning 63 (128)
Ollie Robinson 3/29 (18 overs)
256 (76.3 overs)
Stiaan van Zyl 52 (83)
Matt Quinn 4/54 (19.3 overs)
387/4d (111 overs)
Jack Leaning 127* (263)
Jofra Archer 1/14 (5 overs)
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to field.
  • Tawanda Muyeye (Kent) made his first-class debut.

13–16 May 2021
Scorecard
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149 (53.5 overs)
David Lloyd 31 (70)
Harry Brook 3/15 (8 overs)
230 (75.3 overs)
Joe Root 99 (199)
Michael Neser 5/39 (15 overs)
164/4 (40 overs)
Kiran Carlson 88* (84)
Ben Coad 2/16 (9 overs)
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • Harry Duke (Yorkshire) made his first-class debut.

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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88/1 (34.3 overs)
Alex Davies 51* (105)
Gareth Berg 1/28 (13 overs)
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 16.5 overs of play were possible on day 1 due to rain.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.
  • Only 11 overs of play were possible on day 3 due to rain.

20–23 May 2021
Scorecard
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307 (76.2 overs)
Darren Stevens 190 (149)
Timm van der Gugten 4/34 (19 overs)
64/3d (26 overs)
Billy Root 26* (59)
Matt Quinn 2/10 (10 overs)
60/1d (10 overs)
Jordan Cox 27* (27)
Michael Neser 1/28 (4 overs)
23/1 (7 overs)
David Lloyd 17 (14)
Matt Quinn 1/14 (4 overs)
  • Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Only 22 overs of play were possible on day 1 due to rain.

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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159 (64.1 overs)
Harry Duke 52 (120)
Tom Bailey 3/6 (14 overs)
509/9d (173.4 overs)
Josh Bohannon 127* (277)
Jordan Thompson 3/86 (25 overs)
271 (136.2 overs)
Harry Brook 52 (116)
Saqib Mahmood 5/47 (26 overs)
Lancashire won by an innings and 79 runs
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Umpires: Alex Wharf and Steve O'Shaughnessy

27–30 May 2021
Scorecard
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175 (59.3 overs)
Jack Carson 52 (106)
Ben Sanderson 3/45 (18 overs)
256 (81.5 overs)
Saif Zaib 64 (123)
George Garton 4/69 (14.5 overs)
298 (99.1 overs)
Tom Haines 103 (221)
Simon Kerrigan 5/70 (34.1 overs)
218/3 (61.4 overs)
Rob Keogh 60* (112)
Jamie Atkins 2/39 (16 overs)
Northamptonshire won by 7 wickets
County Cricket Ground, Hove
Umpires: Nigel Llong and Paul Baldwin
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to bat.

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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173 (56.1 overs)
Luke Wood 28 (39)
Michael Neser 3/46 (15 overs)
150 (39.2 overs)
Marnus Labuschagne 44 (55)
Saqib Mahmood 3/34 (11.2 overs)
164 (51.1 overs)
Alex Davies 47 (79)
Michael Neser 4/53 (13 overs)
188/4 (58.1 overs)
Marnus Labuschagne 63* (72)
Matt Parkinson 1/22 (6 overs)
Glamorgan won by 6 wickets
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Alex Wharf and Paul Baldwin
  • Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field.

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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313 (115.3 overs)
Ben Brown 127 (177)
Jordan Thompson 3/53 (24 overs)
558 (145 overs)
Dawid Malan 199 (289)
Jamie Atkins 5/98 (26 overs)
215 (113.4 overs)
Ali Orr 67 (216)
Dom Bess 4/51 (35 overs)
Yorkshire won by an innings and 30 runs
Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Rob Bailey
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • Danial Ibrahim and Ali Orr (Sussex) both made their first-class debuts.
  • Danial Ibrahim (Sussex), at the age of 16 years and 299 days,[38] became the youngest cricketer to score a half-century in the history of the County Championship.[39]

3–6 June 2021
Scorecard
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392 (104.4 overs)
Emilio Gay 101 (160)
Darren Stevens 5/73 (26.4 overs)
330/5d (69 overs)
Ollie Robinson 120 (119)
Simon Kerrigan 2/80 (14 overs)
184/8d (69 overs)
Adam Rossington 59* (124)
Nathan Gilchrist 3/57 (15 overs)
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.
  • Emilio Gay (Northamptonshire) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[40]

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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226 (75.3 overs)
Danial Ibrahim 58 (147)
Timm van der Gugten 3/45 (21 overs)
215 (64.5 overs)
David Lloyd 38 (62)
Jack Carson 3/39 (16.5 overs)
263/6d (79 overs)
Ben Brown 100* (134)
Timm van der Gugten 3/94 (23 overs)
154/5 (50.2 overs)
Colin Ingram 27 (44)
Jack Carson 3/61 (20.2 overs)
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Oli Carter (Sussex) made his first-class debut.

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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74 (26.2 overs)
Darren Stevens 19 (24)
James Anderson 7/19 (10 overs)
259/9d (91 overs)
Luke Wood 63* (133)
Matt Quinn 3/37 (15 overs)
149/8 (49 overs)
Jack Leaning 53* (199)
Tom Hartley 4/42 (30 overs)

4–7 July 2021
Scorecard
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158 (64.3 overs)
George Hill 71 (170)
Rob Keogh 2/8 (7 overs)
170 (61.4 overs)
Ricardo Vasconcelos 55 (98)
Dom Bess 7/43 (24.4 overs)
217 (83.2 overs)
Harry Brook 113 (178)
Simon Kerrigan 5/39 (30.2 overs)
152 (52 overs)
Luke Procter 42* (111)
Duanne Olivier 3/34 (8 overs)
Yorkshire won by 53 runs
County Cricket Ground, Northampton
Umpires: Billy Taylor and Tom Lungley
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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215 (77.3 overs)
Saif Zaib 50 (95)
Andrew Salter 4/18 (10.3 overs)
462/4d (113 overs)
Kiran Carlson 170* (227)
Luke Procter 3/77 (20 overs)
250/5 (92.4 overs)
Rob Keogh 71* (137)
Michael Neser 3/52 (20 overs)
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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181 (57.5 overs)
James Coles 36 (60)
Jas Singh 4/51 (11 overs)
165 (51.5 overs)
Harry Podmore 37 (84)
Jamie Atkins 5/51 (14 overs)
332/4d (99 overs)
Ali Orr 119 (254)
Matt Quinn 3/188 (24 overs)
275/7 (85.4 overs)
Harry Finch 115 (212)
Jack Carson 3/87 (32.4 overs)

11–14 July 2021
Scorecard
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411/2 (119.2 overs)
Keaton Jennings 132 (253)
Jordan Thompson 2/76 (20 overs)
  • Yorkshire won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible on day 2 due to rain.
  • Play was suspended on day 3 due to an unsafe outfield,[43] with the match abandoned the following day.[44]

Standings

Teams receive 16 points for a win and 8 for a draw or tie. Bonus points (a maximum of 5 batting points and 3 bowling points) may be scored during the first 110 overs of each team's first innings.

Group 1

Team Pld W L T D A Bat Bowl Ded PCF Pts Qualification
Nottinghamshire 10 4 2 0 4 0 26 29 0 0 151 Qualification for Division One of the Division Stage
Warwickshire[a] 10 4 1 0 5 0 17 25 1 0 145
Durham[b] 10 3 2 0 5 0 17 30 3 0 132 Qualification for Division Two of the Division Stage
Essex 10 3 2 0 5 0 15 26 0 0 129
Worcestershire 10 1 3 0 6 0 24 21 0 0 109 Qualification for Division Three of the Division Stage
Derbyshire[c] 10 0 5 0 5 0 10 23 1 0 72
Updated to match(es) played on 14 July 2021. Source: BBC Sport,[47] CricInfo,[48] ECB[49]
Notes:
  1. ^ Warwickshire were deducted 1 point for a slow over rate against Derbyshire on 3 June 2021.[45]
  2. ^ Durham were deducted 2 points for a slow over rate against Warwickshire on 4 July 2021,[46] and 1 point for a slow over rate against Nottinghamshire on 11 July 2021.[45]
  3. ^ Derbyshire were deducted 1 point for a slow over rate against Warwickshire on 3 June 2021.[45]

Group 2

Team Pld W L T D A Bat Bowl Ded PCF Pts Qualification
Somerset[a] 10 4 1 0 5 0 26 26 8 0 148 Qualification for Division One of the Division Stage
Hampshire 10 4 2 0 4 0 23 26 0 0 145
Gloucestershire 10 5 3 0 2 0 14 21 0 0 131 Qualification for Division Two of the Division Stage
Surrey 10 2 2 0 6 0 19 24 0 0 123
Leicestershire 10 2 4 0 4 0 22 25 0 0 111 Qualification for Division Three of the Division Stage
Middlesex[b] 10 2 7 0 1 0 15 30 1 0 84
Updated to match(es) played on 14 July 2021. Source: BBC Sport,[47] CricInfo,[48] ECB[49]
Notes:
  1. ^ Somerset were deducted 8 points for a poor pitch against Essex in 2019.[50]
  2. ^ Middlesex were deducted 1 point for a slow over rate against Leicestershire on 11 July 2021.[45]


Group 3

Team Pld W L T D A Bat Bowl Ded PCF Pts Qualification
Lancashire 10 4 1 0 5 0 22 24 0 0 150 Qualification for Division One of the Division Stage
Yorkshire 10 5 1 0 4 0 14 23 0 0 149
Glamorgan 10 2 2 0 6 0 18 29 0 0 127 Qualification for Division Two of the Division Stage
Northamptonshire 10 3 3 0 4 0 22 21 0 0 123
Kent 10 0 3 0 7 0 15 26 0 0 97 Qualification for Division Three of the Division Stage
Sussex 10 1 5 0 4 0 18 28 0 0 94
Updated to match(es) played on 14 July 2021. Source: BBC Sport,[47] CricInfo,[48] ECB[49]


Qualification

Teams

The teams qualified into the following divisions for the Division Stage:[51][52]

Points carried forward

Each county plays four games in the Division stage. They will not play against the team in their Division that was in their Group for the Group Stage.[51] Instead, they carry forward into the Division stage half the total points they scored in the two matches played against that team in the group stage,[3] that is, the average points they scored from their two matches against that opponent.[53]

Division One
Group Team Team from the same group Points scored against during PCF Match Ref.
1st group match 2nd group match
1 Nottinghamshire Warwickshire 5 5 5 15–18 Apr 2021
27–30 May 2021
Warwickshire Nottinghamshire 20 22 21
2 Somerset Hampshire 22 15 18.5 6–9 May 2021
3–6 July 2021
Hampshire Somerset 3 14 8.5
3 Lancashire Yorkshire 22 11 16.5 27–30 May 2021
11–14 July 2021
Yorkshire Lancashire 1 8 4.5
Division Two
Group Team Team from the same group Points scored against during PCF Match Ref.
1st group match 2nd group match
1 Durham Essex 5 3 4 15–18 Apr 2021
27–30 May 2021
Essex Durham 19 19 19
2 Gloucestershire Surrey 22 2 12 8–11 Apr 2021
27–30 May 2021
Surrey Gloucestershire 4 22 13
3 Glamorgan Northamptonshire 7 16 11.5 22–25 Apr 2021
11–14 July 2021
Northamptonshire Glamorgan 22 10 16
Division Three
Group Team Team from the same group Points scored against during PCF Match Ref.
1st group match 2nd group match
1 Worcestershire Derbyshire 14 23 18.5 15–18 Apr 2021
27–30 May 2021
Derbyshire Worcestershire 15 4 9.5
2 Leicestershire Middlesex 19 4 11.5 27–30 May 2021
11–14 Jul 2021
Middlesex Leicestershire 5 21 13
3 Kent Sussex 11 11 11 13–16 May 2021
11–14 July 2021
Sussex Kent 13 11 12

Division stage

Fixtures

Source:[54]

Round 1 matches in all Divisions started by 11.00 BST (UTC+01:00), while all other matches started by 10.30 BST.

Division One

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
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243 (106.1 overs)
Dom Bess 54 (105)
Kyle Abbott 3/47 (20 overs)
163 (62.3 overs)
James Vince 49 (90)
Ben Coad 3/29 (12.3 overs)
312/6d (87 overs)
Gary Ballance 101* (86)
Keith Barker 2/39 (18 overs)
177/9 (115 overs)
Joe Weatherley 43 (137)
Jordan Thompson 4/18 (17 overs)
  • Hampshire won the toss and elected to field.

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
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371 (139.1 overs)
Chris Benjamin 127 (245)
Saqib Mahmood 4/77 (28.1 overs)
341 (118.3 overs)
Josh Bohannon 170 (334)
Liam Norwell 6/57 (20.3 overs)
239/6d (100 overs)
Dom Sibley 57 (168)
Matt Parkinson 4/94 (45 overs)
  • Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Chris Benjamin (Warwickshire) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[55]

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
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448 (142.1 overs)
Liam Patterson-White 101 (121)
Tom Abell 3/84 (25 overs)
107 (38.5 overs)
Tom Abell 35 (63)
Luke Fletcher 4/21 (11 overs)
181 (66.3 overs) (f/o)
Marchant de Lange 36 (29)
Dane Paterson 4/46 (16 overs)
Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 160 runs
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: David Millns and Paul Pollard
  • Somerset won the toss and elected to field.
  • Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[56]

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
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272 (82.2 overs)
Sam Northeast 65 (136)
Tom Bailey 4/48 (19.2 overs)
27/2 (10.5 overs)
George Balderson 19* (33)
Brett Hutton 2/8 (5 overs)
Stumps, Day 1
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Nick Cook and Peter Hartley
  • Lancashire won the toss and elected to field.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
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89 (28.1 overs)
Ian Holland 28 (46)
Will Rhodes 5/23 (8 overs)
116 (46 overs)
Sam Hain 41 (102)
Mohammad Abbas 5/29 (18 overs)
41/0 (11 overs)
Ian Holland 18* (34)
Stumps, Day 1
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: Ian Gould and James Middlebrook
  • Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
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134 (42 overs)
James Hildreth 24 (54)
Matthew Fisher 5/41 (11 overs)
159/5 (52 overs)
Harry Brook 79* (86)
Josh Davey 3/41 (16 overs)
  • Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

12–15 September 2021
Round 3
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12–15 September 2021
Round 3
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12–15 September 2021
Round 3
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
Scorecard
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
Scorecard
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
Scorecard
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Division Two

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
v
  • The match was cancelled due to COVID-19.[57]

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
v
134 (44.5 overs)
Dan Douthwaite 39 (69)
Shane Snater 6/39 (11.5 overs)
320 (101.2 overs)
Nick Browne 102 (223)
Steven Reingold 3/15 (6 overs)
112 (33.5 overs)
Chris Cooke 47* (73)
Sam Cook 5/37 (10.5 overs)
Essex won by an innings and 74 runs
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Ben Debenham and Tim Robinson
  • Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Josh Rymell (Essex) made his first-class debut.

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
v
327 (98.3 overs)
Adam Rossington 94 (134)
Tom Price 4/72 (20 overs)
191 (90.5 overs)
Graeme van Buuren 56 (132)
Luke Procter 5/42 (18.5 overs)
129 (38.1 overs)
Simon Kerrigan 27 (32)
Ryan Higgins 5/46 (14.1 overs)
267/4 (80.4 overs)
Miles Hammond 94 (211)
Tom Taylor 2/41 (13 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 6 wickets
Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Steve O'Shaughnessy and Ian Ramage
  • Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
v
97 (32 overs)
Hamish Rutherford 43 (43)
Paul Coughlin 4/11 (5 overs)
223/3 (62 overs)
Michael Jones 81 (157)
Timm van der Gugten 2/46 (14 overs)
Stumps, Day 1
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Umpires: Ian Blackwell and Neil Pratt
  • Durham won the toss and elected to field.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
v
76 (28 overs)
Ryan Higgins 25 (60)
Jamie Porter 4/32 (10 overs)
150/5 (68 overs)
Paul Walter 71* (189)
David Payne 2/43 (15 overs)
  • Essex won the toss and elected to field.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
v
252 (90.3 overs)
Jamie Smith 123 (265)
Tom Taylor 5/41 (19 overs)
7/0 (3 overs)
Ricardo Vasconcelos 4* (6)
  • Surrey won the toss and elected to bat.
  • James Sales (Northamptonshire) made his first-class debut.

12–15 September 2021
Round 3
Scorecard
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12–15 September 2021
Round 3
Scorecard
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12–15 September 2021
Round 3
Scorecard
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
Scorecard
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
Scorecard
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
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Division Three

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
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232 (70 overs)
Jack Leaning 75* (161)
Callum Parkinson 4/68 (28 overs)
109 (44.1 overs)
Ed Barnes 22* (27)
James Logan 3/8 (8.1 overs)
262 (61 overs)
Darren Stevens 107* (70)
Callum Parkinson 5/75 (23 overs)
253 (51.2 overs)
Ed Barnes 70* (74)
Matt Milnes 6/53 (12 overs)
Kent won by 132 runs
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Ian Gould and Chris Watts
  • Kent won the toss and elected to bat.

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
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282 (88.2 overs)
Robbie White 120 (240)
Sam Conners 3/65 (18 overs)
205 (61.5 overs)
Leus du Plooy 90 (115)
Ethan Bamber 5/41 (15.5 overs)
256 (64.3 overs)
Sam Robson 52 (61)
Alex Thomson 3/71 (17 overs)
221 (81.2 overs)
Billy Godleman 70 (156)
Toby Roland-Jones 5/36 (16.2 overs)
Middlesex won by 112 runs
Lord's, London
Umpires: Hassan Adnan and Peter Hartley
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Robbie White (Middlesex) scored his maiden century in first-class cricket.[58]

30 August–2 September 2021
Round 1
Scorecard
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264 (82.4 overs)
Jack Carson 87 (113)
Joe Leach 5/68 (22.4 overs)
213 (64 overs)
Jack Haynes 47 (71)
Henry Crocombe 3/44 (16 overs)
263 (84.5 overs)
Danial Ibrahim 94 (172)
Joe Leach 4/68 (21.5 overs)
315/4 (74.2 overs)
Jake Libby 125* (224)
Henry Crocombe 2/39 (9 overs)
Worcestershire won by 6 wickets
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Neil Pratt
  • Sussex won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Archie Lenham (Sussex) made his first-class debut.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
v
282/3 (96 overs)
Sam Evans 88 (292)
Ben Aitchison 1/46 (19 overs)
Stumps, Day 1
County Cricket Ground, Derby
Umpires: Rob Bailey and Ian Ramage
  • Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

5–8 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
v
133 (39.4 overs)
Ben Cox 41* (72)
Nathan Gilchrist 5/38 (11.4 overs)
184/4 (54 overs)
Darren Stevens 56* (59)
Dillon Pennington 3/39 (12 overs)

6–9 September 2021
Round 2
Scorecard
v
County Cricket Ground, Hove
Umpires: Nigel Llong and Chris Watts
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.

12–15 September 2021
Round 3
Scorecard
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12–15 September 2021
Round 3
Scorecard
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12–15 September 2021
Round 3
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
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21–24 September 2021
Round 4
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Standings

Division One

Team Pld W L T D A Bat Bowl Ded PCF Pts
Warwickshire 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 21 33
Lancashire 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 16.5 28.5
Nottinghamshire 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 5 28
Somerset 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 18.5 20.5
Hampshire 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 8.5 19.5
Yorkshire 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 4.5 16.5
Updated to match(es) played on 2 September 2021. Source: CricketArchive,[60] ESPNCricinfo,[61] ECB[62]


Division Two

Team Pld W L T D A Bat Bowl Ded PCF Pts
Essex 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 19 41
Gloucestershire 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 12 31
Northamptonshire 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 16 22
Glamorgan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 11.5 14.5
Surrey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 13
Durham[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Updated to match(es) played on 2 September 2021. Source: CricketArchive,[64] ESPNCricinfo,[65] ECB[66]
Notes:
  1. ^ Durham's Round 1 match scheduled to play against Surrey (30 August–2 September) was cancelled due to COVID-19.[63]


Division Three

Team Pld W L T D A Bat Bowl Ded PCF Pts
Worcestershire 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 18.5 38.5
Middlesex 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 13 34
Kent 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 11 31
Sussex 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 12 17
Leicestershire 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 11.5 14.5
Derbyshire 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 9.5 13.5
Updated to match(es) played on 2 September 2021. Source: CricketArchive,[67] ESPNCricinfo,[68] ECB[69]


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