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What the hell is Pro 40 cricket?

July 16, 2006 by SixandOut  
Filed under Tennis

natwest pro 40 cricketThe next phase of the English domestic cricket season gets under way tomorrow, with the start of the Pro 40 league. But it seems finding good information on what it’s all about is a task in itself. Even on the ECB website, the masterminds behind the league, it’s difficult to find a good definition of the format, except that NatWest will be the official sponsors.

So the vital information that I can gleam is this:

  • Standard league set up – two divisions with promotion and relegation for top and bottom two teams from each division
  • Teams in third place from top and bottom will feature in a play off at the end of the season
  • 40 over cricket, departing from 2005’s 45 over set up
  • Essentially the same as the old Sunday league set up
  • Essex Eagles are defending champions
  • County teams involved have silly nicknames and will wear pyjamas, not whites
  • Scotland/Ireland won’t play in it
  • The name DOES suggest that it’s for 40 year olds and over, even though it’ll be for 1st-string county sides
  • The play off at the end of the season marks the end of the domestic season

The two divisions are made up of:

Division 1:

  • Durham Dynamos
  • Essex Eagles
  • Glamorgan Dragons
  • Lancashire Lightning
  • Middlesex Crusaders
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks
  • Nottinghamshire Outlaws
  • Sussex Sharks
  • Warwickshire Bears

Division 2:

  • Derbyshire Phantoms
  • Kent Spitfires
  • Gloucestershire Gladiators
  • Hampshire Hawks
  • Leicestershire Foxes
  • Somerset Sabres
  • Surrey Brown Caps
  • Worcestershire Royals
  • Yorkshire Phoenix

And that’s moreorless it. As far as I can tell, it’s yet more fodder for the “we play too much Cricket” voices, and won’t do a lot to foster improvements to the national One Day set up. Time will tell!


Mark Mitchener from the BBC obviously reads this blog, because would you Adam and Eve, they’ve posted a nice little guide to Pro 40 cricket with comments from all the stars. Enjoy.

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11 Responses to “What the hell is Pro 40 cricket?”
  1. Rico says:

    Why is it the logo and the team names remind me of “professional” wrestling or the now defunct eXtreme Football League? :-p

  2. Rob Slack says:

    I find it puzzling that the BBC web site shows Nick Knight to have played 3 Pro40 games in division 2 while his county, Warwickshire, has played only 2 games–in division 1. Can anyone shed light on that? (I am aware that the BBC is slow in much of its match reporting. Are the tables mid-season from last year?)

  3. SixandOut says:

    Hey Rob… well spotted. That is bizarre. All the match reports and tables and so on appear to have Warwickshire in the correct division, but the averages for Nick Knight are indeed a little skewhiff. I have no idea what’s going on, but I remember during either the India or Pakistan series the live scorecards going totally belly up, so I guess the whole thing is a little temperamental.

  4. SixandOut says:

    Yeh, I knew it! Check out:


  5. PJ says:

    From all the marketing on TV I assumed Pro 40 was yet another innovation – 2 inninngs of 20 overs each played out on a single day i.e. a limited overs ‘test’ one day international!!!

    Now wouldn’t THAT be unique (for those who didn’t get it – e.g. York play 20 Overs followed by Lancs with 20 Overs & then they both repeat it with a carryover of a lead)? Am sure this would be more unique than the current format – I mean this isnt the first time the OD tournament is 40 Overs …

  6. SixandOut says:

    Awesome idea PJ… you need to float that to the ECB!

  7. shakti silwal says:

    it is a very intersting form of cricket as i think and best of luck for all the players and teams. as a bowler i think that these tournaments will help build the confidnece of the players and to take the hidden talents

  8. shakti silwal says:

    as i think it will help the players to build the confidence and also as a bowler i have played 2 to 3 matches of pro40 in nepal and it is a good experience

  9. drmony says:

    ya thts such a great idea


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