List of English Twenty20 cricket champions

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Leicestershire cricketers celebrating
Leicestershire (pictured celebrating their semi-final win in 2011) have won the most English Twenty20 titles, winning on three occasions.

The English Twenty20 cricket champions are the winners of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Twenty20 competition for first-class cricket counties, most recently the Friends Life t20, although from 2014 this has been replaced with the NatWest t20 Blast. The competition culminates with 'Finals Day': a single day on which both semi-finals and the final are contested at the same ground.[1] Northamptonshire are the current champions, claiming their first title in the 2013 season.

Twenty20 cricket was developed by the ECB to attract new, younger audiences to cricket.[2] Replacing the 50 overs-per-side 'Benson & Hedges Cup',[3] the 'Twenty20 Cup' was introduced in 2003, and was over two hours shorter than its predecessor, and matches also featured greater entertainment off the field, such as live music, barbecues, fancy dress and karaoke.[4] The competition was rebranded as the 'Friends Provident t20' in 2010,[5] and a season later as the 'Friends Life t20'.[6] In 2014, the competition became known as the NatWest t20 Blast. For the first seven years of the competition, teams were allowed one overseas player, as in the other domestic tournaments, but from the 2010 season, each team was allowed two.[7] The finalists in both 2009 and 2011 qualified for the Champions League Twenty20, an international competition between the leading domestic teams from the major cricketing nations.[8][9]

The competition was won in its inaugural season by Surrey, and in the eleven seasons that it has run, it has been won by eight different counties. Leicestershire have won the competition on the most occasions, doing so in 2004, 2006 and most recently in 2011.[10] Somerset have contested more finals than any other team; after winning the competition in 2005, they were losing finalists in 2009, 2010 and 2011.[10]

Champions[edit]

List of English Twenty20 cricket champions
Year Winner (titles) Runners-up Player (club) Runs Player (club) Wickets Notes
Leading run-scorer Leading wicket-taker
2003 Surrey (1) Warwickshire Hodge, BradBrad Hodge (Leicestershire) 301 Hollioake, AdamAdam Hollioake (Surrey) 16 [11][12]
2004 Leicestershire (1) Surrey Maddy, DarrenDarren Maddy (Leicestershire) 356 Hollioake, AdamAdam Hollioake (Surrey) 20 [13][14]
2005 Somerset (1) Lancashire Shah, OwaisOwais Shah (Middlesex) 410 Doshi, NayanNayan Doshi (Surrey) 17 [15][16]
2006 Leicestershire (2) Nottinghamshire Langer, JustinJustin Langer (Somerset) 464 Doshi, NayanNayan Doshi (Surrey) 21 [17][18]
2007 Kent (1) Gloucestershire Wright, LukeLuke Wright (Sussex) 346 Schofield, ChrisChris Schofield (Surrey),
Cook, SimonSimon Cook (Kent)
17 [19][20]
2008 Middlesex (1) Kent Denly, JoeJoe Denly (Kent) 451 Yasir Arafat (Kent) 23 [21][22]
2009 Sussex (1) Somerset Trott, JonathanJonathan Trott (Warwickshire) 525 Thomas, AlfonsoAlfonso Thomas (Somerset) 18 [23][24]
2010 Hampshire (1) Somerset Adams, JimmyJimmy Adams (Hampshire) 668 Thomas, AlfonsoAlfonso Thomas (Somerset) 33 [25][26]
2011 Leicestershire (3) Somerset McDonald, AndrewAndrew McDonald (Leicestershire) 584 Phillips, TimTim Phillips (Essex) 26 [27][28]
2012 Hampshire (2) Yorkshire Hughes, PhillipPhillip Hughes (Worcestershire) 402 Starc, MitchellMitchell Starc (Yorkshire) 21 [29][30]
2013 Northamptonshire (1) Surrey Kieswetter, CraigCraig Kieswetter (Somerset) 517 Azharullah, Azharullah (Northamptonshire) 27 [31][32]

Performance by county[edit]


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Titles won by club (%)

  Leicestershire – 3 (28%)
  Hampshire – 2 (18%)
  Kent – 1 (9%)
  Middlesex – 1 (9%)
  Northamptonshire - 1 (9%)
  Somerset – 1 (9%)
  Surrey – 1 (9%)
  Sussex – 1 (9%)
Club Titles Championship-winning seasons
Leicestershire 3 2004, 2006, 2011
Hampshire 2 2010, 2012
Kent 1 2007
Middlesex 1 2008
Northamptonshire 1 2013
Somerset 1 2005
Surrey 1 2003
Sussex 1 2009

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

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