14.1.1 In a two-innings match of 5 days or more, the side which bats first and leads by at least 200 runs shall have the option of requiring the other side to follow their innings. 14.1.2 The same option shall be available in two-innings matches of shorter duration with the minimum leads as follows: - 150 runs in a match of 3 or 4 days;
To ensure you can follow every element of the Sepcsavers County Championship, keep up to date with the below playing conditions: Hours of Play: Play begins at 11am and runs to 6pm for all four days with a minimum of 96 overs a day for the first three days, with a minimum of 80 overs on day four.
The follow-on occurs only in those forms of cricket where each team normally bats twice: notably in domestic first class cricket and international Test cricket. In these forms of cricket, a team cannot win a match unless at least three innings have been completed. If fewer than three innings are completed by the scheduled end of play, the result of the match can only be a draw. The decision to enforce the follow-on is made by the captain of the team who batted first, who considers the score, the
The 18 First-Class Counties have been split into three seeded groups of six counties. Each county will play the other counties in their group both home and away - a total of 10 matches. At the end of the group stage, the top two counties in each group will progress to Division One for the second phase of the County Championship.
The same rule applies in County Championship games, but as the matches are only four days long, rather than five, then the lead required to enforce the follow-on is reduced to 150.
The county championship works on a points system, the winner being the team with most points in the first division. The points are currently awarded as follows, with a draw increasing to 8 points in 2021: 
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County ChampionshipScoring of Points. (a) For a win, 16 points, plus any points scored in the first innings. (b) In a tie, each side to score eight points, plus any points scored in the first...