England and Wales Cricket Board announce county cricket changes

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The ECB announce a number of changes to county cricket from 2014.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed the return of the 50-over game to county cricket from 2014.

The new CB50 format, which will replace its 40-over predecessor, will see eight teams progressing through to the quarter-finals following eight matches in a group stage.

The first 14 fixtures of the County Championship season will be played on a Sunday and 14 Twenty20 games will be held mainly on Fridays.

The top eight counties will reach the quarter-finals, while the finals day will remain as it is.

More than 25,000 people took part in the ECB survey to determine the changes.

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