County teams will compete for two first-class trophies in the 2021 season with the County Championship to resume with a group stage format followed by a five-day final for the Bob Willis Trophy, the country’s cricket board (ECB) announced on Friday.

The Bob Willis Trophy was created this year as a one-off red-ball competition when the COVID-19 pandemic shortened the county cricket season. Essex, who won the title this year, will be defending both trophies in 2021.

The County Championship originally has two divisions — eight teams in Division One and 10 in Division Two in 2019 — with promotion and relegation between the two.


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