NatWest t20 Blast

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NatWest t20 Blast
NatWest t20 Blast logo.jpg
Countries  England
Administrator ECB
Format T20
First tournament 2014
Tournament format Group stage and knockout
Number of teams 18
Current champion Northamptonshire Steelbacks (2nd title)
TV Sky Sports
2017 NatWest t20 Blast

The NatWest T20 Blast is a Natwest t20 blast league in England and Wales run by the ECB from 2014. The league consists of the 18 first-class county teams divided into two divisions of nine teams each. This setup, which was first announced in November 2013, replaced the Friends Life t20 competition as the main domestic Twenty20 competition in England and Wales.[1]


The NatWest T20 Blast is the twenty-over competition featuring county teams from England and Wales.

Twenty20 Cup[edit]

The first official Twenty20 Cup matches were played on 13 June 2003, between the English counties in the Natwest t20 blast . The first season of Twenty20 in England was a success, with the Surrey Lions defeating the Warwickshire Bears by nine wickets in the final to win the first Twenty20 Cup Final. On 15 July 2004 Middlesex versus Surrey (the first Twenty20 Cup game to be held at Lord's) attracted a crowd of 26,500, the largest attendance for any county cricket game other than a one-day final since 1953.[citation needed]

The tournament saw six different winners in its seven years.

By the end of the 2009 ,the ECB had decided to implement a larger competition for the T20 format of the game. The Twenty20 English Premier League was a proposed cricket league to be run by the ECB. The league was to consist of 18 county teams and two overseas teams divided into two divisions of ten teams each. It was rumoured that the two overseas teams were to be a side fielded by Allen Stanford of the West Indies and the winners of the Indian Premier League.[2] After the disgrace of Stanford, this tournament was scrapped. The establishment of the Friends Life t20 contributed to the discontinuation of the Pro40 League,[2] and a second Twenty20 League (a revamped version of the outgoing Twenty20 Cup) to be held in July, August and September, played on Friday evenings.[3][4] This did not happen, and instead a modified 40 over league, the Clydesdale Bank 40 was implemented.

Friends Provident/FriendsLife t20[edit]

The Friends Provident t20 (renamed the FriendsLife t20 after just one season) was introduced in 2010 (see 2010 Friends Provident t20). The competition initially divided the eighteen counties into North and South groups, before reverting to the previous model of three divisions of six teams. This period of twenty20 cricket in England and Wales saw Leicestershire and Hampshire becoming the most successful sides, and in 2013 Northamptonshire won their first trophy for two decades.

NatWest t20 Blast[edit]

NatWest became the tournament sponsors in 2014, renewing a longstanding relationship the bank has had with the county game. The first year of the tournament saw 700,000 spectators attend the games, the most since the first year.[5] The tournament was won in 2014 by the Birmingham Bears, Warwickshire's specially-adopted name for the tournament, making it the first time a county trophy had been won by a team using a city name. The current holders of the trophy are Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Current format[edit]

There are 18 clubs competing for the t20 title. These clubs are initially split into 2 divisions (North and South), each containing 9 teams, for the group stage of the competition. During the group stage (from May to July)[6] each club plays 6 of the other teams in the same division twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents. They play the other two teams only once, for a total of 14 games each. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a tie or if the match is abandoned. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then net run rate. At the end of the group stage, the top four teams from each group enter the knockout stage.[7][8]

Finals day[edit]

The semi-finals and final of the competition are played consecutively on the same day and at the same ground, at the end of the competition. During finals day, there is a mascot derby, which is a race between mascots representing all 18 counties. Finals day is usually held at Edgbaston.[9]


Team Location Division Home ground Coach Captain
Birmingham Bears Birmingham North Edgbaston England Jim Troughton England Ian Bell
Derbyshire Falcons Derby North County Ground New Zealand John Wright Ireland Gary Wilson
Durham Jets Chester-le-Street North Riverside Ground England Jon Lewis England Paul Coughlin
Essex Eagles Chelmsford South County Ground England Chris Silverwood Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate
Glamorgan Cardiff South SWALEC Stadium Wales Robert Croft South Africa Jacques Rudolph
Gloucestershire Bristol South Bristol County Ground England Richard Dawson Australia Michael Klinger
Hampshire Southampton South Rose Bowl England Craig White England James Vince
Kent Spitfires Canterbury South St Lawrence Ground England Matt Walker England Sam Northeast
Lancashire Lightning Manchester North Old Trafford England Glen Chapple England Steven Croft
Leicestershire Foxes Leicester North Grace Road South Africa Pierre de Bruyn Australia Clint McKay
Middlesex London South Lord's New Zealand Daniel Vettori England Dawid Malan / New Zealand Brendon McCullum
Northamptonshire Steelbacks Northampton North County Ground England David Ripley England Alex Wakely
Nottinghamshire Outlaws Nottingham North Trent Bridge England Peter Moores Australia Dan Christian
Somerset Taunton South County Ground England Matthew Maynard Australia Jim Allenby
Surrey London South The Oval Australia Michael Di Venuto England Gareth Batty
Sussex Sharks Hove South County Cricket Ground South Africa Mark Davis New Zealand Ross Taylor
Worcestershire Rapids Worcester North New Road England Steve Rhodes England Joe Leach
Yorkshire Vikings Leeds North Headingley England Andrew Gale England Gary Ballance / England Tim Bresnan


Team Twenty20 Cup Friends Life t20 NatWest t20 Blast
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Derbyshire Grp Grp QF Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp
Durham Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp SF QF Grp QF Grp QF Grp Grp RU
Essex Grp QF Grp SF Grp SF Grp SF Grp QF SF QF QF QF
Glamorgan Grp SF Grp Grp Grp QF Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp QF Grp QF
Gloucestershire SF Grp Grp QF RU Grp Grp Grp Grp QF Grp Grp Grp QF
Hampshire Grp QF Grp Grp Grp Grp QF Won SF Won SF SF SF Grp
Kent Grp Grp Grp QF Won RU SF Grp QF Grp Grp Grp QF Grp
Lancashire Grp SF RU Grp SF QF QF QF SF Grp QF RU Won Grp
Leicestershire SF Won SF Won Grp Grp Grp Grp Won Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp
Middlesex Grp Grp QF Grp Grp Won Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp QF
Northamptonshire Grp Grp QF QF Grp QF SF QF Grp Grp Won Grp RU Won
Nottinghamshire Grp Grp Grp RU QF Grp Grp SF QF QF QF QF Grp SF
Somerset Grp Grp Won Grp Grp Grp RU RU RU SF QF Grp Grp Grp
Surrey Won RU SF SF Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp Grp RU SF Grp Grp
Sussex Grp Grp Grp Grp SF Grp Won QF QF SF Grp Grp QF Grp
Warwickshire RU QF QF Grp QF QF QF QF Grp Grp Grp Won SF Grp
Worcestershire Grp QF Grp Grp QF Grp Grp Grp Grp QF Grp QF QF Grp
Yorkshire Grp Grp Grp QF QF Grp Grp Grp Grp RU Grp Grp Grp SF

Most successful teams[edit]

Leicestershire Foxes - 3 wins
Hampshire Royals - 2 wins
Northamptonshire Steelbacks - 2 wins


  1. ^ "County schedule for 2014 announced". 26 November 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "ECB unveil new Twenty2". Cricinfo. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "New-look English T20 agreed". BBC. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  4. ^ ECB To Replace Pro40 With EPL T20 Competition
  5. ^ "Domestic T20 crowds break 700,000 barrier". 
  6. ^ "Fixtures & Results - NatWest T20 Blast 2014 in 2014". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "NatWest T20 Blast" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rules for ECB Competitions" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Behind the scenes at the NatWest t20 Blast launch". 30 April 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.