A Brief History Of The Friends Provident Trophy
In 1963 the Gillette Cup began with all 17 first-class counties taking part, The competition was called "The Knockout Cup" for the first year, all matches were 65 overs a side.
In 1964 the previous season's top 5 Minor Counties teams where added to 17 County Sides. The competition was called The Gillette Cup from this year, all matches were reduced to 60 overs a side.
Ireland in 1980 and Scotland in 1983 joined, also in 1983 the number of minor counties was increased from 5 to 13.
With Durham achieving first-class status in 1992 and the introduction of Holland in 1995 the minor counties numbers dropped to 11.
The Friends Provident Trophy as it is now known continues to be the most valued one day competition in County Cricket.
In 2006 the authorities, incapable of avoiding tinkering, abolished the knockout concept in favour of a third league-style event.