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2021-22 Midlands County
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2021-22 Season


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Updated 11 June 2022

Match results

Midland teams in national stages

21 May. Warwickshire under-1650 team beat Essex in the only quarter final in this competition and will meet Yorkshire in the semi-finals.

14 May. In the first quarter final match Worcestershire went down narrowly to Cambridgeshire. The result was in doubt until the end of the last game. Greater Manchester defaulted their match against Middlesex in under-1850 tournament.

30 Apr. Nottinghamshire seniors again saw off their junior opponents and progress to the quarter finals in the under-1450 competition. Nottinghamshire will face Essex in the quarter finals.

13 Apr. In the Open, Greater Manchester face Yorkshire in the first semi-final on 11 June; Worcestershire in the Minor face Cambridgeshire in a quarter final on 14 May; Nottinghamshire play Essex in the under-2050 semi-final on 11 June; Greater Manchester play Middlesex on 14 May in the under-1850 quarter final; Warwickshire play Essex in the under-1650 quarter final on 21 May; in the under-1450, Nottinghamshire are re-matched against their junior team on 30 April competition. Although Worcestershire under-1650 were offered a place in the national stages, after negotiations involving Lancashire and Yorkshire their team was withdrawn.

Double triumph for Warwickshire

19 Mar. Warwicksire beat Worcestershire to become Midland Counties Team Champions. Warwickshire also won the u1650 competitionwhere their team also beat Worcestershire, but only on board count.

5 Mar. Leicestershire u1850 team beat Greater manchester to become 2022 Midland u1850 champions. Both teams will be eligible to take up a place in the national finals.

26 Feb. Leicestershire u1450 just held off Nottingham Juniors to clinch a 6½ - 5½ win at Nottinghamshire. Nottinghamshire are the u1450 champions.

22 Jan. In the first match since the end of November, Nottinghamshire Juniors lost to Nottinghamshire

Omicron 3-0 MCCU: Matches postponed

22 Dec. Shropshire and Worcestershire postponed their fixture due in the New Year. GMC and Leics also put back their fixture due on 5 Feb to 5 Mar.
11 Dec. Worcestershire and Warwickshire called off their Midlands Championship match at short notice after both teams suffered difficulties in raising teams and players withdrew at short notice. It's understood that one of the team captains was taken ill. Although the counties have agreed to reschedule the match, the rapidly spreading Omicron Covid variant and Government plans to further restrict social mixing, there must be serious doubts that these matches can be played this season.

27 Nov, Mick Frings reports. Warks have withdrawn from the u1450 competition.

27 Nov, Mick Frings reports. Nottinghamshire playing away beat Leicestershire 8-4. Use left-hand menu for details.

14 Nov, Peter Sherlock reports. Warwickshire are the first MCCU u1650 champions, by a whisker winning on board count at Stratford-upon-Avon. Use left-hand menu for details.

13 Nov. The Warks-Shrops In the Minor Counties Competition was postposned.

10 Nov, Kevin Gallagher reports. Derbyshire have had to withdraw from the MCCU competition because of lack of support.

18 Sep. Covid reduces number of teams. Two Midlands teams have been offered nominations for the national stages of the Open competition: Greater Manchester and Lincolnshire. Three teams will compete for the Midland Counties Championship: Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Nottinghamshire have no opposition in the Under 2050 and will be nominated for the national stage. Three teams compete in the Under 1850: Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Leicestershire. Warwickshire and Worcestershire will play for the MCCU title in the Under 1650 competition. Subject to warwickshire being able to find a team captain, there will be four teams in the Under 1450: Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham Juniors and Warwickshire. See fixture list.

17 Sep. Covid precautions during MCCU matches. A new rule has been adopted to reduce the chances of players spreading infection. Players should use masks or face coverings when sat at the board to protect other players' health.

11 Sep. MCCU Contoller consults on Covid precautions for county team matches.

30 Jul. MCCU harmonises county team matches with ECF. After consultation, the MCCU county team competitions controller has set new ratings boundaries for the MCCU 2021-2 tournaments and counties have been invited to enter teams.

1 Jun 2021. ECF county competitions. The 2021-2 season will see tournaments for Open, Minor (mean max rating 2050), and teams of players with ratings under 2050, 1850, 1650, and 1450 county teams. These boundaries are equivalent to u180, u155, u125, u100 grades.

31 Jul 2020. All change from grades to ratings. The ECF switch from grades to ratings will require revisions to rules to set up boundaries for the new tournaments.