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Old 23rd March 2010, 14:21   #32
Warleybear
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From Warwickshires official site (is the final still at Lords?):

The England Cricket Board’s recreational VI, the ECB Unicorns, were at Edgbaston on 20th and 21st March as part of their training schedule, all in preparation for the inaugural Clydesdale Bank 40 league, which starts this May.

The squad are one of 21 teams due to take part in the new 40-over league and is made up of players from across the country, without full county contracts.

The Unicorns, captained by ex-Somerset player Keith Parsons (main picture), will spend a series of sessions at the Edgbaston Cricket Centre in the run up to the start of the competition to ensure the squad’s skills are fully honed in preparation for their matches.

Due to play in the Clydesdale Bank 40 league, the competition includes the 18 first class county sides, as well as Scotland and Holland. With the league split into three groups, the Unicorns will be pitted against a number of these sides during the group stage, before the winners of each group progress to the semi-finals.

Nick Archer, Edgbaston Cricket Centre manager, said: “The ECB Unicorns will be taking advantage of our facilities and central location here at the Edgbaston Cricket Centre and we will do our best to ensure there training here is as successful as it can be.

“Hopefully their sessions here will provide just the preparation they need and we wish them every success in the Clydesdale Bank 40 league.”

Phil Oliver, ECB Unicorn’s head coach, added: “Our training sessions at Edgbaston will prove vital in the run up to the start of the competition in May. As the team is made up of players from across the country it’s essential we have plenty of time to train together before the start and the first class facilities at the Cricket Centre in Edgbaston will provide us with the best opportunity to hone our skills.”

The Clydesdale Bank 40 league will start in May and conclude with the final at Lord’s on 18th September
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