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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 11:38 GMT
Twenty20 format unveiled
Twenty20 promises to produce colourful cricket
Twenty20 promises to produce colourful cricket
The Twenty20 Cup, English cricket's new 20-over-a-side competition starting in June 2003, will see severe penalties imposed for time-wasting.

  North
Durham, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

All groups matches will start at 5.30pm and will be played in a 12-day period between 13 and 24 June, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed on Wednesday.

Teams will play each other in three zonal groups before progressing to semi-finals and a final, all three matches at Lord's on 19 July.

There will be no "golden over," which would have seen batsmen scoring double in one designated over.

  Mid/Wales/West
Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Somerset

But each incoming batsman will have just 90 seconds to be ready to receive the next ball following a wicket, otherwise he will be timed out.

Teams have just 75 minutes to bowl their 20 overs, or face a six-run penalty per over unbowled in that time.

Bowlers have a maximum of five overs each and white Kookaburra balls will be used.

  South
Essex, Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Sussex

A spokesman for the ECB said that Twenty20 would not be seeking the backing of a single company to support the competion.

"We are looking for a family of sponsors rather than a headline sponsor," he said.

"It would be more like a Champions League-style of sponsorship."

The BBC is likely to be involved in providing live audio commentary from some of the games.

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