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July 24, 2006
All 6500 tickets for Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford were snapped up within four hours of going on sale, with the home allocations being bought within 41 minutes. David East, the county's chief executive, has had to promise to assess the way tickets are sold in the future. Gloucestershire v Surrey at Bristol and Leicestershire v Kent at Grace Road sold their last tickets at the weekend.
Trent Bridge - the biggest of the four grounds hosting the matches - still has tickets available for the tie with Northamptonshire, but Paul Maylard-Mason, the county's chief executive, told the BBC that this would be the biggest gate since around 10,000 attended a Gillette Cup quarter-final tie in 1975. "It's fantastic news that we will shut the gates on a full house for the first time since the introduction of Twenty20 cricket," he beamed.
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