The County season has begun and this year it sees several South Africans in the mix in England. Hampshire Cricket, first class cricket side playing in the Specsavers County Championship, The Ageas Bowl also hosts England Internationals. Inter- county cricket matches are known to have been played since the early 18th century, involving teams that are representative of the historic counties of England and Wales. Leicestershire County Cricket · Yorkshire County Cricket Club · Essex · Kent. County cricket started in the eighteenth century, the earliest known inter-county match being played inthough an official County Championship was not instituted until Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord's on Sep O'Loughlin to play th game for Wigan. Block Blast reduces advantage 1 Related Close. All of the first-class counties compete in a two-division league format.