The Royal London Cup will return to the domestic schedule this summer following a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Somerset are the defending champions after they defeated Hampshire at Lord’s in 2019, with Trent Bridge set to host the showpiece decider in August this year.
Here are some common questions about the Royal London Cup to ensure you are across all the key details:
When will the Royal London Cup start?
The tournament will begin on 22 July.
What is the format this summer?
The 18 First-Class counties have been randomly drawn into two groups of nine teams.
Each county will play eight group-stage matches – four at home and four away – with the top three counties in each group progressing to the knockout stages.
The format for the knockout stages is:
Quarter-finals – 14 August (hosted by second-placed counties):
Group A Second-placed county v Group B Third-placed county
Group B Second-placed county v Group A Third-placed county
Semi-finals – 17 August (hosted by group winners):
Group A winner v Quarter-final winner
Group B winner v Quarter-final winner
The winners of the semi-final progress to the Royal London Cup final at Trent Bridge on 19 August.
Which counties are in each group?
Group A: Essex, Worcestershire, Sussex, Middlesex, Kent, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire.
Group B: Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Yorkshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Somerset.
The groups for the Royal London Cup were randomly drawn. The order that they were drawn appears in the above list and has determined the home and away ties.
Example: The first team in the Group will play at home to the second, third, fourth and fifth teams drawn, and away to sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. This pattern continues – another example is the team drawn seventh; this team will play at home to teams drawn eighth, ninth, first, second, and away to teams drawn third, fourth, fifth, sixth.
Can I buy tickets now?
To be entitled to entry for each of Notts’ scheduled home fixtures in all formats, along with a host of additional perks, purchase a Nottinghamshire membership here.
Outlaws Season Tickets also are on sale now, which entitle you to free entry to Welbeck, Grantham and Derbyshire's Incora County Ground for Notts' matches during the group stages of the 50-over Royal London Cup, as well as seats at Trent Bridge across seven home matches in the Vitality Blast. Secure your Season Ticket here.
Tickets for the Royal London Cup Final at Trent Bridge are on sale to members here.
Nottinghamshire membership for 2021 is now on sale, with those who choose to join our club bestowed with entry to all scheduled home domestic cricket, international tickets in members' areas and a whole host of additional exclusive perks.