Thursday 13 June 2013 

Video - Twenty20 Cricket Celebrates 10th Birthday

10 years ago today (13th June), the first Twenty20 Cup matches were played in England and to celebrate the anniversary, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has launched a new video with highlights of the competition so far.

The opening match on that day saw Hampshire take on Sussex with four other matches taking place around the country and Surrey went on to win the first title.

Leicestershire (three times), Somerset, Kent, Middlesex, Sussex, Hampshire (twice) have also gone on to win the competition, which is now known as the Friends Life t20.

Some of the highlights included in the video above include Graham Napier's innings of 152 not out, Scott Styris hitting a world record 38 runs in one over during a 37-ball century and Middlesex's last-ball win in the 2008 final.

The ECB is also inviting fans on its Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/englandcricket) to vote for the players who they think have made the biggest impression on the last 10 years of Twenty20 cricket in England and Wales.

"Since the ECB launched Twenty20 cricket in 2003, we have seen incredible moments and individual performances that have paved the way for the format’s widespread popularity around the world today," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.

"We hope that by giving fans a chance to vote for the best XI, they will be reminded of the great-value entertainment that will be on offer in the Friends Life t20 this summer."

To purchase tickets for the 2013 Friends Life t20, go to http://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/county-tickets

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