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A brief summary of how everything works this summer and some key dates:

County Championship
A new format for this year. The counties have initially been put into three groups of six which is seeded based on performances in the 2019 County Championship and last yearís Bob Willis Trophy. Each side will play the others in the group home and away.

Group 1: Derbyshire, Durham, Essex, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
Group 2: Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey
Group 3: Glamorgan, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Yorkshire

Once the first group stage is over the top two sides in each group will go into Division One, third and forth in Division Two and the last two sides in Division Three. In the division stage the points earned against the team you go into the second group with are carried forward and then play the other four sides once. The winners of Division One will be the County Championship winners while they join the team in second in the final of the Bob Willis Trophy as an additional trophy to win.

The first group runs from 8th April until 6th June and 4th July until 14th July. The Division stage runs from 30th August until 24th September. The Bob Willis Trophy final is between 27th September and 1st October at Lordís.

In a change to 2019 team will get eight points for a draw. Somerset start the season on minus 8 points because the pitch penalty at the end of the 2019 season.

Counties are now allowed two overseas players in all competitions.

T20 Blast
Back to the format of two groups of nine.
The group stage begins on 9th June and ends on the 18th July.
The quarter finals are between the 24th and 27th August.
Finals day is the 18th September at Edgbaston.

One Day Cup
The counties are in two groups of nine. I believe they have been drawn by random.
Group A: Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Sussex, Worcestershire
Group B: Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey, Warwickshire, Yorkshire

Before the group stage begins each side will play a minimum of one game against a National (formerly minor) County.
The group stage begins on 22nd July and the final round of games are on 12th August.
The top side in each group will reach the semi final to be played at home. The teams in second and third will go into the play off round.
The play off games are on August 14th and the semi finals on August 17th.
The final is on Thursday 19th August at Trent Bridge.
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