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Cornwall opener for North Midlands

24 July 2013

  • North Midlands back in County Championship top tier
  • Side will face Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire in pool stage

North Midlands will play Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire in the pool stage of next season’s County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup.

North Midlands won promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship after they won their pool in the Bill Beaumont Cup Second Division and were beaten by Northumberland in the final at Twickenham.

North Midlands will travel to play Cornwall, who were beaten by Lancashire in last season’s County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup final, in their opening pool match on May 10 and will also be away to Hertfordshire on May 17.

They will host Gloucestershire in their final pool match on May 24.

The final will be played at Twickenham on June 1.

East Midlands will again compete in the County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup Second Division and will face Eastern Counties and Durham in a three-team pool.

East Midlands will host Eastern Counties on May 10 and travel to Durham on May 24.

The other four Midlands counties will compete in the County Championship Shield competition.

Leicestershire and Warwickshire have been drawn in Pool One alongside Essex and Buckinghamshire with Staffordshire and Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire in Pool Two along with Cumbria.

The Shield will kick off on May 3 when Leicestershire host Essex, Warwickshire entertain Buckinghamshire and Staffordshire travel to Cumbria.

On May 10, Leicestershire will travel to Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire will entertain Essex while NLD will be at home to Cumbria.

The final round of pool matches on May 17 will see two Midlands derbies with Leicestershire at home to Warwickshire and Staffordshire hosting NLD.

Venues for all County Championship matches have yet to be confirmed.