Going into the final two rounds of the County Championship, 5 sides are in danger of relegation from Division 1: Berkshire, Middlesex and Somerset with 2 wins apiece; Surrey with 1; and Staffs, who have yet to win a game. (Remember – 3 sides are relegated this season!)
Berkshire are in the driving seat, as they have racked-up more bonus points than the other threatened teams; but they also have the toughest run-in – they play Sussex today and Kent on the final day. A win on either day would see them safe; but if not it will come down other results, in which case Staffs could do them a favour by beating Surrey today.
Middlesex play Warwickshire today and Staffs on the final day. Like Berkshire, they need to win one of these games, but they will feel confident about beating Staffs on the final day, so they should be safe.
Somerset have Yorkshire and Warwickshire. Broken record alert… they too need to win at least one of these games – but they are already dependent on other results – if Middlesex beat Warwickshire today, they likely need to win both their remaining matches.
Surrey have Staffs, plus a re-arranged game against Sussex. They need to win both matches, or they will almost certainly go down.
Staffs have Surrey and Middlesex. Although they are currently winless with just 9 points (to Berkshire’s 53), the average points system means they can theoretically survive if they win both their remaining games and if everyone else in the relegation zone loses all theirs – unlikely, but stranger things have happened!