- ECB 40
ECB 40 Countries England
Administrator ECB Format 40 overs First tournament 2010 Next tournament 2011 Tournament format Group stage and knockout Number of teams 21 Current champion Surrey Lions Most runs Jacques Rudolph (861) Most wickets Alfonso Thomas (29) 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40
The ECB40, currently known as the Clydesdale Bank 40 (CB40) for sponsorship reasons, is 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. Clydesdale Bank are the current sponsors, and have a three year deal signed with the England and Wales Cricket Board. Warwickshire won the inaugural tournament.
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. 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." 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. A new team, the Unicorns cricket team, was formed of contractless county players to compete, unpaid, alongside the 18 first-class counties, Scotland and the Netherlands.
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. Unicorns will again compete, holding a fresh set of trials over the winter period.
Participating teams and format
The competition contains three groups of seven. A random draw is used to place the teams into groups. The top team of each group, together with the second best team across all three groups, progress to two semi-finals, the winners of which face-off in the final for the trophy. The participating teams are the 18 first-class counties plus Scotland, Netherlands and Unicorns.
Year Winner Runner-up Margin of victory 2010 Warwickshire Bears Somerset 3 wickets
- Most runs in an innings: 399/4, Sussex Sharks v Worcestershire Royals, 14 August 2011.
- Most runs batting second: 327/4, Unicorns v Sussex, 23 May 2010 (world record in 40-over game).
- Lowest total in an innings: 94, Scotland v Durham Dynamos, 29 August 2010.
- Most runs in an innings: 158, Moeen Ali for Worcestershire Royals v Sussex Sharks, 14 August 2011
- Most runs in a tournament: 861, Jacques Rudolph (Yorkshire Carnegie)
- Best bowling figures: 7/29, David Payne for Gloucestershire Gladiators v Essex Eagles, 9 May 2010 (including a hat-trick).
- Most wickets in a tournament: 27, Alfonso Thomas (Somerset)
- ^ a b c "Clydesdale Bank 40 unveiled". ECB. February 15, 2010. http://www.ecb.co.uk/ecb/about-ecb/media-releases/clydesdale-bank-sponsors-40-over-league,309222,EN.html. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- ^ Ireland decline ECB's 40-over invite, 29 September 2009, Cricinfo blogs. Retrieved on 3 May 2010.
- ^ a b Geoffrey Dean, Ivo Tennant, Patrick Kidd. Dispute overshadows first sighting of Unicorns, 2 May 2010, www.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved on 3 May 2010.
- ^ Bolton, Paul Wes Durston to play for Unicorns, 8 April 2010, www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved on 2 May 2010.
- ^ Changes in county cricket schedule put off until 2012, 21 October 2010, BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Clydesdale Bank 40 groups revealed, 2 November 2010, www.ecb.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Surrey v Glamorgan, 4 August 2010, www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Unicorns v Sussex, 23 May 2010, www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Durston ton sets up Unicorns' record chase 23 May 2010, www.cricinfo.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2010
- ^ Scotland v Durham, 29 August 2010, www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Batting in Clydesdale 40 2010 (ordered by runs), www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Gloucestershire v Essex, 9 May 2010, www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- ^ Bowling in Clydesdale 40 2010 (ordered by wickets), www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
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