Unicorns competitions

Published: Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Twenty teams participate in these competitions; they are listed below.

Championship
1. Structure - The teams form two parallel divisions – East (Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cumberland, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Staffordshire, Suffolk) and West (Berkshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Wales Minor Counties, Wiltshire). Each year, each county plays six three-day, two innings matches – three at home and three away. The other counties in the division are played on a rotating basis, such that over a three-year period each is played once at home, once away and once not at all. The winners of each division play a four-day match (“the Final”) at a neutral venue to decide the title.

2. Points scoring – sixteen points for a win, eight for a tie, four for a draw, none for a loss. Additionally, in the first innings, batting points are awarded on the basis of one point at each of the following totals: 175, 225, 275 and, 325 and bowling points are awarded on the basis of one point each for the 3rd, 5th. 7th and 9th wicket. If rain prevents any play before 4.40pm on the second day a one-innings match is played, with twelve points for a win, eight points for a tie and four points for a loss; no batting or bowling points are awarded. Points are deducted for slow over rates.

 

T20
This is a 20-over limited overs competition. Matches are played in coloured clothing with a white ball. There are four groups, each of five counties; the other counties in our group are Berkshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Shropshire. In the group stage, each fixture consists of two matches, the first starting at 11.00am, unless otherwise agreed. For each match, two points are awarded for a Win, one for a Tie or a No Result and none for a loss. When two or more teams finish the group stage with equal points, their positions in the table are decided on net run rate. The four group winners progress to the semi-finals and these and the final are played on the same day at a neutral venue, with a reserve day.

KO Trophy (50 Overs)
This is a 50-over limited overs competition. Matches are played in coloured clothing with a white ball. On a rotational basis, eight counties participate in a Preliminary Round, the winners of those four matches progressing to the 1st Round. The winners of the eight 1st Round matches go forward to the Quarter Finals. The final is played at a neutral venue, with a reserve day.