Surrey have confirmed plans to play Middlesex in a behind-closed-doors friendly next month.
The Oval will host a two-day red-ball fixture on 26 and 27 July, which will be streamed live online.
County cricket is postponed until at least 1 August because of coronavirus, but England will start a Test series against West Indies on 8 July.
Surrey hope the friendly will come before “competitive cricket returning the following weekend”.
They and Lancashire were the only two among 18 first-class counties who chose not to furlough players amid the pandemic.
The announcement indicates Middlesex will start to bring their players off the government job retention scheme soon, while a number of other counties have also resumed training in small groups.
Surrey will be streaming the match using multiple cameras on both their Facebook page and The Oval website.
Playing a regionalised four-day competition plus the T20 Blast is one of the possible options being considered for when the domestic season can be allowed to start.
But the government confirmed on Tuesday that recreational club cricket cannot resume yet until ways to make the game more secure are approved, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that “the ball is a natural vector of disease”.
In reply, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday: “We believe that cricket is a non-contact sport, with very low risks of exposure, and that it can be played as safely as many other activities being currently permitted.
“It is our strong desire to work with Government to see the return of recreational cricket on or around 4 July, as they continue to lift other restrictions more broadly across society.”
The statement added: “We can confirm that any guidance we share with the game will include directions on how to mitigate any risk from handling the ball as we continue to prioritise the health and safety of the cricket family in all our decision-making.”