|Friends Provident t20|
|Tournament format||Group stage and knockout|
|Number of teams||18|
|2010 Friends Provident t20|
The Friends Provident t20 is a Twenty20 cricket league in England and Wales run by the ECB. The league consists of the 18 first-class counties teams divided into two divisions of nine teams each (north-south). This plan, announced by the ECB in February 2009, replaced the more ambitious EPL project which would have included two overseas teams. The proposal was substantially modified following the credit crunch, and the change in circumstances of Allen Stanford himself. Friends Provident were announced as sponsors of the competition, having previously sponsored the 50-over competition.
This tournament replaced the Twenty20 Cup as the premier domestic Twenty20 competition of England and Wales.
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. After the disgrace of Stanford, this tournament was scrapped. The establishment of the Friends Provident t20 contributed to the discontinuation of the Pro40 League, 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. This did not happen, and instead a modified 40-over league, the Clydesdale Bank 40 was implemented instead.
2010 Season Edit
- 3 groups. North, South, West.
- Quarter-finals: Surrey Lions 151 Somerset 148
- Northampton 183 Durham Dynamos 147
- Hampshire Royals 202 - Lancashire Lightning 201
- Notts Outlaws 140 - Essex Eagles 187
- Semi-finals: Brum, 18/8
- Surrey - Northampton
- Hampshire (champions 2012) - Essex
- Finals same day