ECB 40

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ECB 40
Countries Flag of England.svg England
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Administrator ECB
Format 40 overs
First edition 2010
Latest edition 2013
Tournament format Group stage and knockout
Number of teams21
Current champion Nottinghamshire Outlaws

The ECB40, last known as the Yorkshire Bank 40 (YB40) for sponsorship reasons, was a forty-over limited overs cricket competition for the English first-class counties. It began in the 2010 English cricket season as a replacement for the Pro40 and Friends Provident Trophy competitions. Yorkshire Bank were the last sponsors, taking over the naming rights from their parent company Clydesdale Bank for the 2013 edition. [1] Warwickshire won the inaugural tournament. The competition was replaced by a 50-over tournament, to bring the domestic game in line with the international game from 2014 on—the Royal London One-Day Cup. [2]

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History

In 2009, in light of the growth of Twenty20 cricket with the Twenty20 Cup, Indian Premier League and ICC World Twenty20, the ECB realised that the Pro40 and Friends Provident Trophy were attracting less interest. Plans began to consolidate the List A competitions into a single 40-over trophy. The competition began in the 2010 English cricket season with Clydesdale Bank, previously sponsor of the Twenty20 Cup, agreeing to a three-year sponsorship. [3] John Perera, ECB commercial director, stated that "We are delighted to welcome Clydesdale Bank as the title sponsor for the 40-over competition particularly as it gives us an opportunity to build on an already strong working relationship. The Clydesdale Bank 40 is an exciting new competition and the format is designed to comfortably fit into the busy family weekend." [3] Ireland and Scotland, were asked to compete, following their entry in the Friends Provident Trophy, but Ireland declined in order to concentrate on their growing international commitments; The Netherlands took their place. [4] [5] A new team, the Unicorns cricket team, was formed of contractless county players to compete, unpaid, [5] alongside the 18 first-class counties, Scotland and the Netherlands. [6]

Warwickshire beat Somerset in the final of the inaugural 2010 tournament. The format for the 2011 competition was kept the same, despite calls for the number of county matches to be reduced; fewer group matches will now be proposed for the 2012 season, with the addition of a quarter-final knock-out round. [7] Unicorns will again compete, holding a fresh set of trials over the winter period. [8]

Participating teams and format

The competition contained three groups of seven. A random draw was used to place the teams into groups. The top team of each group, together with the second best team across all three groups, progressed to two semi-finals, the winners of which faced off in the final for the trophy. The participating teams were the 18 first-class counties plus Scotland, Netherlands and Unicorns.

Results

YearFinal
Held atWinnersRunners-upResult
2010
Details
Lord's, London, on 18 September 2010 Warwickshire Bears
200 for 7 (39 overs)
Somerset
199 (39 overs)
Warwickshire won by 3 wickets
Scorecard
2011
Details
Lord's, London, on 17 September 2011 Surrey Lions
189 for 5 (27.3 overs)
Somerset
214 (39.2 overs)
Surrey won by 5 wickets (D/L)
Scorecard
2012
Details
Lord's, London, on 15 September 2012 Hampshire Royals
244 for 5 (40 overs)
Warwickshire Bears
244 for 7 (40 overs)
Hampshire won by losing fewer wickets (scores level)
Scorecard
2013
Details
Lord's, London, on 21 September 2013 Nottinghamshire Outlaws
244 for 8 (40 overs)
Glamorgan Dragons

157 (33 overs)

Nottinghamshire won by 87 runs
Scorecard

Records

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