Royal London ODI Cup- The Complete Beginner’s Guide

Limited overs cricket scene in England is changing at a rapid pace, few surprising decisions were made, including the downgrading of the very tournament that starts today and a few more under discussions which could totally change the future of cricket. It is going to be an eventful day today and the summer ahead is a blockbuster treat for all cricket lovers in England.

On the day when English squad for ODI World Cup 2019 would be announced, they would potentially be playing their last ever competitive domestic ODI tournament. This is in all likelihood, the last Royal London ODI Cup in England as the board decided to push the ODI tournament as a ‘development’ tournament and filling the media slots with The Hundred.

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The format:

So, while we are still at it, 18 teams across the country split into two groups will fight for the trophy. The teams are split into North Group and South Group, comprising of 9 teams each. Top three teams from each group will make it to the play-offs. Top sides from each group will automatically qualify to Semi-Finals. #2 and #3 side will fight it out for the semi-final clash.

The tournament was usually played in the September over five and half weeks, but owing to the World Cup, the tournament is now pushed ahead into a tightly packed schedule of four straight weeks. By 12th of May, the final teams will be known and the finals will be played on 25th of May 2019. Hampshire are the current defending champions.

Groups and Squads:

North Group:

Derbyshire: They finished Fifth on the points table last season. With 4 wins and 4 losses, they finished the tournament with 8 points.

Fixtures:

Durham: They had a season to forget last time. They could just manage 2 wins of the 8 games played and so finish at the bottom of the group with just 4 points to their name.

Squad for the first game: Graham Clark | Scott Steel | Alex Lees | Bancroft (Captain & wk) | Michael Richardson | Gareth Harte | Jack Burnham | Brydon Carse | Liam Trevaskis | Ben Raine | Matty Potts | James Weighell | Matt Salisbury

Fixtures:

Lancashire (Lightning): They finished Sixth in the North Group last season.3 wins and 4 losses with one game abandoned against Warwickshire at Blackpool, they were able to manage only 7 points in the tournament.

Squad for the first game: Dane Vilas (Captain) | James Anderson | Josh Bohannon | Steven Croft | Brooke Guest | Haseeb Hameed | Keaton Jennings | Rob Jones | Saqib Mahmood | Glenn Maxwell | Graham Onions | Matt Parkinson | Stephen Parry

Fixtures:

Leicestershire (Foxes): Eighth on the points table, just above Durham, only separated marginally by the Net Run Rate. They hope to do better than just two wins of the eight games.

Squad for the first game: Horton (Captain) | Aadil | Ackermann | Cosgrove | Davis | Dearden | Griffiths | Hill (wk) | Klein | Lilley | Mike | Parkinson | Taylor | Wright

Fixtures:

Northamptonshire (Steelbacks): They finished Seventh on the points table last season. With only 2 wins, similar to the teams that are below them on the points table, only finished higher owing to an abandoned match against Warwickshire at Birmingham.

Squad for the first game: Nathan Buck | Josh Cobb | Ben Curran | Jason Holder | Rob Keogh | Richard Levi | Blessing Muzarabani | Rob Newton | Luke Procter | Adam Rossington | Ben Sanderson | Ricardo Vasconcelos | Alex Wakley (Captain)

Fixtures:

Nottinghamshire (Outlaws): They finished second on the points table. With 11 points (5 wins, 2 losses and 1 match abandoned against their close finishers Yorkshire), they made it to the play offs. They lost the game against Kent by 9 wickets.  

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Warwickshire: They finished just outside the play-off qualification spot with 11 points. They were fourth on the points table with 4 wins and 2 losses. It must be said that the weather had a role to play as they couldn’t play two of their matches owing to bad weather conditions. So, effectively that just managed to play six of the eight games.

Fixtures:

Worcestershire (Rapids): The table toppers of the North Group. That meant they played the Semi-finals directly, which they lost to runners-up Kent. Six wins of the eight games, they lost the games against bottom-finishing Durham and close second Nottinghamshire.

Squad for the first game: Ben Cox (wk) | Brett D’Oliveira (Captain) | Charlie Morris | Daryl Mitchell | Ed Baranrd | George Rhodes | Hamish Rutherford | Josh Tongue | Pat Brown | Riki Wessels | Ross Whiteley | Tom Fell | Wayne Parnell

Fixtures:

Yorkshire (Vikings): Somethings worked for the team in the favor and some against. But eventually they slotted themselves just behind Nottinghamshire at #3, owing to marginal NRR difference of +0.162.  Their campaign ended with the loss against eventual Champions Yorkshire in the Semi-Finals.

Squad for the first game: Gary Ballance | Tim Bresnan | Harry Brook | Ben Coad | Adam Lyth | Duanne Olivier | Steven Patterson (Captain) | Mat Pillans | Josh Poysden | Adil Rashid | Jonathan Tattersall (wk) | Tom Kohler-Cadmore | David Willey

Fixtures:

South Group:

Essex (Eagles): They finished second of the points table for South Group. They won 5 games and lost 3, and with 10 points and a better net run rate they edged out the closest competitors, Kent. They eventually lost in the second semi-final against Yorkshire.

Squad for the first game: Ryan ten Doeschate (Captain) | Ravi Bopara | Varun Chopra | Alastair Cook | Sam Cook | Simon Harmer | Dan Lawrence | Aron Nijjar | Jamie Porter | Matt Quinn | Peter Siddle | Paul Walter | Tom Westley | Robbie White (wk)

Fixtures:

Glamorgan: They had disappointing season last time around. They could manage just one win of the eight games played. Chris Cooke will lead the side with Matt Maynard as head coach.

Squad for the first game: Cooke (Captain) | Carey | Carlson | De Lange | Hemphrey | Hogan | Labuschagne | Lloyd | Meschede | Root | Salter | van der Gugten | Wagg

Fixtures:

Gloucestershire: They finished the season Seventh last time. Just two wins of eight games but they would felt hard done by the number of games that eventually were not completed. 3 of eight games were abandoned due to weather. They hope the weather gods would favor this time.

Squad for the first game: Dent (Captain) | G Hankins | Roderick (WK) | Cockbain | Howell | J Taylor | Higgins | Smith | Worrall | Liddle | M Taylor | van Buuren | Hammond | Bracey

Fixtures:

Hampshire: A memorable season last time. They are the champions of Royal London ODI Cup 2018. They were also the leaders of North Group. with just two losses and an abandoned game versus Gloucestershire. They defeated Yorkshire in the semi-finals and Kent in finals making a wonderful story for themselves.

Squad for the first game: Kyle Abbott | Aiden Markram | Liam Dawson | Gareth Berg | James Vince (Captain) | Tom Alsop | Aneurin Donald | Sam Northeast | Rilee Rossouw | Brad Taylor | Chris Wood | James Fuller | Mason Crane

Fixtures:

Kent (Spitfires): Almost but not quite enough for them last time. They finished the South Group third just falling short of Essex on net run rate. They defeated North Group leaders Worcestershire in the semi-finals only to lose in the finals against Hampshire.

Squad for the first game: Heino Kuhn (Captain) | Daniel Bell-Drummond | Alex Blake | Mitchell Claydon | Zak Crawley | Sean Dickson | Calum Haggett | Fred Klaassen | Matt Milnes | Harry Podmore | Imran Qayyum | Matt Renshaw | Adam Rouse | Darren Stevens

Fixtures:

Middlesex: With 4 wins and 4 losses last time, they finished with 8 points and Sixth on the points table.

Squad for the first game: NA

Fixtures:

Somerset: They fell short after coming agonizingly close to Kent last time with just one point lost to abandoned match against Gloucestershire. They do not want to miss anything this time. With the form coming off from County Championship, they would wish to extend it into the limited overs format.

Squad for the first game: NA

Fixtures:

Surrey: County Champions last year couldn’t quite extend the form into the limited overs format. They finished fifth on the table losing out to their closest competitors Somerset only by net run rate.

Squad for the first game: Rory Burns (Captain) | Gareth Batty | Rikki Clarke | Tom Curran | Ben Foakes | Will Jacks | Conor McKerr | Morne Morkel | Liam Plunkett | Ollie Pope | Jason Roy | Jamie Smith | Mark Stoneman | Freddie van den Bergh

Fixtures:

Sussex (Sharks): Eighth on the table last time with just two wins in the tournament, Sussex struggled. They bagged a comfortable win just the weekend ago. They would hope they could display a better performance this time.

Squad for the first game: NA

Fixtures:

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