The Friends Provident Trophy
was a one-day cricket
competition in the United Kingdom
It was one of the four tournaments in which the eighteen first-class
counties compete each season. They were joined by teams from Scotland
won the title a record seven times.
The competition has previously been known as the C&G Trophy
(2000–2006), the NatWest Trophy
(1981–2000) and the Gillette Cup
(1963–1980). For a short period following the 2006 season, the competition was known as the ECB Trophy
because no sponsors were forthcoming when Cheltenham and Gloucester
decided to end their association with the competition after the 2006 season. The tournament, along with the Pro40
forty-overs competition, was replaced by the Clydesdale Bank 40
competition from the 2010 season.
It was the first top level one day
competition to be introduced in English and Welsh cricket, amid concern about falling attendances at County Championship
matches in the early 1960s.
The competition was based on the Midlands Counties Knockout Cup experiment of the 1962. Where Derbyshire
played a one-innings-a-side which lasted one day. The TCCB decided to hold a limited over competition (65 overs-a-side) the following year for all first-class counties sponsored by American safety razor company Gillette
. The original title was called "The First Class Knock Out Competition for the Gillette...