Drives us mental.
Why do people most often visit Cricinfo? To check the scores. Yet if we look at the current live matches, there is no way of telling which match is in which division, unless you happen to have memorised the teams in each league.
At the time of writing, the list of England domestic matches reads:
- Durham v Somerset
- Gloucestershire v Essex
- Hampshire v Warwickshire
- Northamptonshire v Sussex
- Nottinghamshire v Surrey
So that’s first division, then second division, then first division, then second division, then first division. Yet there is no obvious distinction between them unless you click through to the scorecard.
Smooth, Cricinfo. Smooth.
This is one small element which has contributed to this website’s official position of ignoring the second division.
One of the joys of county cricket is that the season is so long and sprawling and varied. There are countless stories to be told, concerning different players and their triumphs and despairs in the various formats. However, the canvas is so damn massive, the job of the media is surely to provide focus and help us make sense of things.
Cricket coverage is built on scorecards. You can easily follow the entire season without watching a ball being bowled; listening to a minute of commentary; or reading a single match report or interview. A very simple step towards providing greater clarity for county cricket followers would be for the world’s top scorecard repository to make it clear which division each frigging match belongs to.