2017 County Championship
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2017 County Championship

2017 County Championship
Administrator(s)England and Wales Cricket Board
Cricket formatFirst-class cricket (4 days)
Tournament format(s)League system
ChampionsEssex
Participants18
2016
2018

The 2017 County Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the 2017 Specsavers County Championship), was the 118th cricket County Championship season. It was announced in March 2016 that the season would feature eight teams in Division One and ten teams in Division Two, meaning that at the end of the 2016 season only one team was promoted from Division Two whilst two were relegated from Division One.[1] The first round of fixtures began on 7 April, with the final matches completed on 28 September. All of the fixtures starting on 26 June 2017 were played as day/night matches.[2]

Following a series of financial "bailout" payments made by the England and Wales Cricket Board to Durham during the 2016 season, the county, which had finished fourth in Division One at the end of the season, were relegated to Division Two in place of the eighth place team, Hampshire.[3] Durham were also placed under a salary cap administered by the ECB until 2020 and started the 2017 Championship season with a deduction of 48 points.[3] Ahead of the season, each team played a first-class match against a MCC University team.

Teams

The 2017 Championship was divided into two divisions, Division One with eight teams, Division Two with 10 teams.

Teams in both divisions played a total of 14 games, with all Division One teams playing each other twice, while Division Two teams played five counties twice and four once.

Division One

     Team promoted from Division Two

Division Two

     Team relegated from Division One

Standings

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

Fixtures

The fixture list for the 2017 season was announced in November 2016.[11]

Division One

April

May

June

July

August

September

Division Two

April

May

June

July

August

September

Statistics

Division One

Most runs

Player Team Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100s 50s
Kumar Sangakkara Surrey 10 16 1491 106.50 200 8 2
Mark Stoneman Surrey 12 19 1156 60.84 197 4 4
Rory Burns Surrey 14 22 1041 49.57 219* 1 8
Jonathan Trott Wawrickshire 14 26 967 37.19 175 3 5
Nick Browne Essex 14 22 952 43.27 221 1 5

Most wickets

Players Team Matches Overs Wickets Average BBI 5w 10w
Jamie Porter Essex 13 399 75 16.83 7-55 5 1
Simon Harmer Essex 14 521.3 72 19.19 9-95 4 2
Kyle Abbott Hampshire 14 415.3 60 18.20 7-41 4 0
Jack Leach Somerset 14 520.1 51 25.78 6-78 4 0
Ben Coad Yorkshire 12 356.4 50 20.86 6-25 4 1

Division Two

Most runs

Player Team Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100s 50s
Luke Wells Sussex 12 22 1292 64.60 258 4 4
Daryl Mitchell Worcestershire 14 26 1266 55.04 161 7 3
Joe Denley Kent 13 23 1165 55.48 227 4 5
Mark Cosgrove Leicestershire 12 23 1112 48.35 188 2 6
Paul Collingwood Durham 14 24 1087 49.41 177 3 5

Most wickets

Players Team Matches Overs Wickets Average BBI 5w 10w
Joe Leach Worcestershire 14 397.5 69 19.39 5-32 4 1
Darren Stevens Kent 12 395.4 62 18.08 8-75 7 0
Jofra Archer Sussex 13 475.1 61 25.30 7-67 4 1
Liam Norwell Gloucestershire 11 321 59 17.39 8-43 5 2
Michael Hogan Glamorgan 12 370.4 50 20.88 6-43 3 1

References

  1. ^ County Championship: Only one promotion spot in Division Two this summer, BBC Sport, 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  2. ^ "County Championship: Day-night games provide Test warm-up for England stars". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Durham relegated to Division Two after financial issues as Hampshire are reinstated, BBC Sport, 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  4. ^ Fixtures - County Championship Division Two, CricInfo. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  5. ^ a b Division 1 points table, CricInfo.
  6. ^ Specsavers County Championship Division Two Table - 2017, CricInfo.
  7. ^ County Championship: Leicestershire deducted 16 points on eve of season opener, BBC Sport, 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-04-06
  8. ^ Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire: Hosts win to stretch lead at top of Division Two, BBC Sport, 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  9. ^ Vickers T (2017) Northants hit by injuries and points deduction in defeat at Trent Bridge, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  10. ^ Notts put promotion rivals firmly in their place, CricInfo, 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  11. ^ "County Cricket, One-Day Cup and T20 Blast fixtures for 2017 announced".

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