My method for County Cricket:
Since in County Cricket we have two divisions, I suggest a 3rd division for "minor counties" like Devon, Linconshire etc. play each other with all the UCCE's (Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds/Bradford etc.) with one of the "major counties" who comes last in the second division to get reglated to the third division with the winner of the third division to get promoted into the 2nd divison.
All matches in the third division will be counted as first-class. The reasoning? To give those counties in the second division a good wake up call that you dont want to get reglated as it would be the ultimate embrassment to the county. It is like getting relgated third division to the confence division in football or soccer (depends on what you call it).
The hopefull result is to make county cricket more competitive and hopefully raise the standard of it and weed those not interested in it out.
Could this work?