By Richard Gibson For Mailonline
Published: 00:13 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 14:03 BST, 18 October 2020
County cricket's limited-overs competitions will be split into groups of north and south in 2021 rather than follow the Championship's conference model with the English domestic season scheduled for another October finish.
Both 50-over and Twenty20 Blast campaigns will revert to two groups of nine as per recent years instead of adopting the three-way regional split employed for the 2020 season.
County chairman were informed by ECB chairman Ian Watmore on Thursday night that their unanimous vote for a first-class competition initially comprising three seeded groups of six, splitting into three divisions for a further four matches would be implemented next year.
Both 50-over and Twenty20 Blast campaigns will revert to two groups of nine next season
The table-toppers in Division One after 14 rounds will be crowned champions while the Bob Willis Trophy will be presented to the winner of the final between the first and second-placed teams - the five-day contest at Lord’s will be played between September 27-October 1.
The conference system was retained as it provides a more flexible itinerary in the event of the