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Roses clash in 50 overs in 2014

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September 22, 2013

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Nottinghamshire celebrate their YB40 victory, Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire, YB40 final, Lord's, September 21, 2013
Goodbye 40 overs: Nottinghamshire's YB40 title was the last of its type...for now © Getty Images
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Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan, who faced each other in the YB40 final on Saturday, have been drawn in the same group for next season's 50-over tournament while there will also be Roses and London derby matches in the group stages.

The domestic one-day structure is reverting back to 50 overs from 2014 - to replicate the international format - and there will be two groups of nine with the top four from each qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Lancashire and Yorkshire have been drawn in the same group as have Middlesex and Surrey; teams will play eight group matches, four at home and four away. Netherlands, Scotland and Unicorns, who made up the 21 teams in the 40-over competition, will not be part of the new tournament, for which a sponsor has yet to be named.

Group A Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Hampshire

Group B Surrey, Somerset, Kent, Sussex, Glamorgan, Durham, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire

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Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

I have lots of sympathy, monkey momo. I went to see Northants play the Netherlands in Rotterdam in August 2011 & really enjoyed it. Apparently some of the counties wanted the Netherlands out of our limited-overs tournament & I suspect that was largely due to sour grapes( i.e losing to them).

Posted by Munkeymomo on (September 22, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Should have kept Scotland and Netherlands in.

Basically I wanted to go watch Somerset playing in Amstelveen.

This is the right call though, back the strength of the domestic game right now. Many counties, like Somerset, Essex, Lancashire, Yorks etc have the strength to draw big crowds for these games. 50 overs is a good draw.

Posted by Harry-S on (September 22, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Who is going to come and sit there for 8 hours for a county game? 50 overs is too long for domestic cricket. It worked several years ago in the old days of the B/H Trophy, but now goes against the grain. As for the T20 competition, we aren't going to have any big overseas names playing with the competition spread over a season. Much better when it was played in a window over 3-4 weeks in the height of summer.

Posted by davidge on (September 22, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

For County members, and to encourage youngsters to come to the cricket. 40 overs is much better than 50. 50 over games make for a very long day. Once again county needs sacrificed for supposed England benefit. Good to see quarter finals back. It was idiotic not to have them in the 40 over competition. I am strongly in favour of moving to a season-long T20. Fed up with having very little 'proper' cricket to watch in the best part of the summer. Daft to have 'uneven' fixtures though. Playing 2 teams only once takes away from the integrity of the competition. Far better to have three groups of six. 10 T20 games for each side enough. I am still unclear as to how the overall fixture list will look. When will 50 over games be played? I would much rather have them on a Saturday or Sunday starting at 10.45. Concerned that we will have even more games scheduled to finish ridiculously late. On a personal note, sorry not to have my usual trips to Bristol & Worcester for Glamorgan one dayers!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (September 22, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Excellent decision! the current structure which was used this season and previous seasons looked really messy and unattractive especially when only a few teams could go through to the final stages. The problem with that structure was that when teams have a bad start to the competition, most of them give up and focus on the longer and shorter forms because they know its their best chance to do really well in those competitions. No wonder there were lack of crowds.

The new format looks good, simple and competitive and a wise decision to increase the overs from 40 to 50 especially considering the criticism England gets for not taking 50 overs games as serious as their test games but this change now shows England are serious now and have their sights on the World cups in future. Again thumbs up for having quarter finals and will mean that all counties will take it seriously and this time around looks set to draw in good crowd in the summer. Can't wait!!!

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