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Midlands rivals to face off in National U20 Championship

17 July 2013

  • National U20 Championship fixtures announced
  • North Midlands, Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire and East Midlands drawn in Pool Two 

North Midlands, Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire and East Midlands will again face each other in the pool stage of next season’s National Under 20 Championship.

The three Midlands rivals were grouped with Gloucestershire in last season’s revamped competition and next season will be joined by Eastern Counties in Pool Two.

North Midlands will host Eastern Counties in their opening match with NLD hosting East Midlands in the other Pool Two tie on the recommended date of February 2.

In the second round, which is scheduled to be played on February 23, East Midlands will entertain North Midlands with NLD hosting Eastern Counties.

The pool stage is scheduled to be completed on March 13 when North Midlands host NLD and East Midlands travel to Eastern Counties.

The top two teams in the pool will progress to the quarter-finals on March 30. The Championship semi-finals are due to be played on April 13 and the final on May 4.

The National Under 20 Shield will start earlier next season with the opening round of pool matches scheduled for the recommended date of November 17.

Staffordshire and Leicestershire have been drawn in Pool One alongside Cumbria and Durham with Warwickshire in Pool Two with Oxfordshire, Oxford University and Somerset.

Staffordshire will host Leicestershire in the opening round of matches with Warwickshire at home to Oxfordshire.

In the second round, which has December 22 as its recommended date, the three Midlands counties all face away matches with Leicestershire making the long trip to Cumbria, Staffordshire at Durham and Warwickshire away to Oxford University.

Staffordshire will be at home to Cumbria and Leicestershire will host Durham in the final round of pool matches on January 19 while Warwickshire will complete their Pool Two programme at home to Somerset.

The Shield quarter-finals are scheduled for February 2, the semi-finals for February 23 and the final for March 16.