2008 Friends Provident Trophy

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2008 Friends Provident Trophy
Administrator(s) England and Wales Cricket Board
Cricket format Limited overs cricket (50 overs)
Tournament format(s) Group stage and Knockout
Champions Essex (3rd title)
Participants 20
Matches played 87
Most runs Martin van Jaarsveld
(660 for Kent)
Most wickets Yasir Arafat
(24 for Kent)
Official website Friends Provident cricket
2007
2009

The 2008 Friends Provident Trophy was an English county cricket tournament, held between 20 April and 16 August 2008. The tournament was won by Essex.

Format

Unlike in 2007, the 18 English counties, Ireland and Scotland were divided into four groups of five, based on geographical location. Each side played the other four teams home and away, with the top two sides from each group progressing to the quarter-final stage.[1] A spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board, which instigated the changes, explained that the changes "provides [sic] more local derbies and less travel for players".[1] The recommendations of the Schofield Report; an investigation into England's 5–0 Ashes defeat, were also cited as a cause for the changes.

Group stage

Midlands Division

Team Pld W T L NR Pts NRR
Leicestershire Foxes 8 5 0 2 1 11 +0.692
Nottinghamshire Outlaws 8 4 0 2 2 10 +0.017
Northamptonshire Steelbacks 8 4 0 2 2 10 +0.569
Warwickshire Bears 8 2 0 4 2 6 -0.145
Ireland 8 1 0 6 1 3 -0.862

North Division

Team Pld W T L NR Pts NRR
Durham Dynamos 8 5 0 3 0 10 +0.432
Yorkshire Carnegie 8 4 0 2 2 10 +0.544
Derbyshire Phantoms 8 3 0 2 3 9 -0.141
Lancashire Lightning 8 3 0 3 2 8 +0.243
Scottish Saltires 8 1 0 6 1 3 -1.090

South East Division

Team Pld W T L NR Pts NRR
Kent Spitfires 8 5 0 2 1 11 +0.647
Essex Eagles 8 4 0 3 1 9 +0.310
Middlesex Crusaders 8 3 0 3 2 8 +0.064
Surrey Brown Caps 8 3 0 4 1 7 -0.627
Sussex Sharks 8 1 0 4 3 5 -0.534

South/West Division

Team Pld W T L NR Pts NRR
Gloucestershire Gladiators 8 4 0 1 3 11 +0.705
Somerset Sabres 8 3 0 2 3 9 +0.307
Worcestershire Royals 8 3 0 3 2 8 -0.121
Hampshire Hawks 8 3 0 4 1 7 -0.431
Glamorgan Dragons 8 1 0 4 3 5 -0.219

Knockout stage

Quarter finals

4 June 2008
Nottinghamshire Outlaws
188 all out (47.2 overs)
v
Durham Dynamos
189 for 9 (49 overs)
Samit Patel 114 (113)
Callum Thorp 2/20 (9)
Michael Di Venuto 70 (86)
Samit Patel 3/27 (10)
Durham Dynamos won by 1 wicket[2]
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Umpires: George Sharp and John Steele
Player of the match: Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)

4 June 2008
Gloucestershire Gladiators
201 all out (45.2 overs)
v
Yorkshire Carnegie
205 for 4 (44.1 overs)
Steve Adshead 71 (73)
Tim Bresnan 4/31 (10)
Craig White 55 (107)
Jon Lewis 2/21 (10)
Yorkshire Carnegie won by 6 wickets[3]
County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Barry Dudleston and Nigel Llong
Player of the match: Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)

4 June 2008
Essex Eagles
350 for 5 (50 overs)
v
Leicestershire Foxes
232 all out (41 overs)
Ravi Bopara 201* (138)
Dillon du Preez 2/60 (10)
Essex Eagles won by 118 runs[4]
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: Rob Bailey and Ian Gould
Player of the match: Ravi Bopara (Essex)

4–5 June 2008
Kent Spitfires
259 for 5 (50 overs)
v
Somerset Sabres
222 all out (45.5 overs)
Neil Dexter 101* (113)
Ben Phillips 2/55 (10)
Craig Kieswetter 90 (119)
Yasir Arafat 3/23 (8)
Kent Spitfires won by 37 runs[5]
County Ground, Beckenham
Umpires: Richard Illingworth and Neil Mallender
Player of the match: Neil Dexter (Kent)
  • Reserve day used

Semi finals

4 July 2008
Kent Spitfires
301 for 4 (50 overs)
v
Durham Dynamos
217 all out (43.1 overs)
Martin van Jaarsveld 122* (93)
Joe Denly 102 (125)
Steve Harmison 4/47 (10)
Kent Spitfires won by 84 runs[6]
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Neil Mallender
Player of the match: Martin van Jaarsveld (Kent)

5 July 2008
Essex Eagles
285 for 8 (50 overs)
v
Yorkshire Carnegie
198 all out (42.5 overs)
Essex Eagles won by 87 runs[7]
County Ground, Chelmsford
Umpires: Peter Hartley and Nigel Llong
Player of the match: Graham Napier (Essex)

Final

17 August 2008
Kent Spitfires
214 all out (50 overs)
v
Essex Eagles
215 for 5 (48.5 overs)
Ryan McLaren 63 (71)
David Masters 2/34 (10)
Grant Flower 70* (97)
Robbie Joseph 3/40 (10)
Essex Eagles won by 5 wickets[8]
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: Nigel Llong and George Sharp
Player of the match: Grant Flower (Essex)

References

  1. ^ a b "Changes to structure of domestic tournaments". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  2. ^ "Quarter-Final: Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 4, 2008". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  3. ^ "Quarter-Final: Gloucestershire v Yorkshire at Bristol, Jun 4, 2008". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  4. ^ "Quarter-Final: Leicestershire v Essex at Leicester, Jun 4, 2008". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  5. ^ "Quarter-Final: Kent v Somerset at Beckenham, Jun 4, 2008". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  6. ^ "1st Semi-Final: Durham v Kent at Chester-le-Street, Jul 4, 2008". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  7. ^ "2nd Semi-Final: Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford, Jul 5, 2008". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 15 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  8. ^ "Final: Kent v Essex at Lord's, Aug 16, 2008". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17.

External links

  • Official website
  • Competition overview from CricketArchive
  • Competition overview from Cricinfo
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