Clydesdale Bank 40 groups revealed

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Warwickshire

Champions Warwickshire, who beat Somerset in September's final, have been drawn in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40

Reigning champions Warwickshire have been drawn alongside Hampshire, Durham, Northamptonshire, Surrey, Leicestershire and Scotland in next year’s Clydesdale Bank 40.

The Bears, who beat Somerset under the floodlights at Lord’s to take this year’s title, landed a place in Group B during this afternoon’s draw.

The Netherlands, Scotland and the Unicorns - a team of players without first-class contracts - were allocated berths in Group A, B and C respectively.

Teams will play every other side in their group home and away. The winners of each group and the runners-up with the highest points total will qualify for the semi-finals.

Fixtures will be confirmed in due course - along with the rest of the 2011 domestic season - although ECB head of cricket operations Alan Fordham revealed that the CB40 final will take place at Lord’s on September 17.

2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 draw

Group A
Derbyshire
Middlesex
Worcestershire
Sussex
Yorkshire
Kent
Netherlands

Group B
Hampshire
Durham
Northamptonshire
Warwickshire
Surrey
Leicestershire
Scotland

Group C
Nottinghamshire
Glamorgan
Gloucestershire
Essex
Somerset
Lancashire
Unicorns

The Unicorns will once again be holding trials throughout the winter to determine their squad. Details of the trials and the application process can be found at www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/clydesdale-bank-40/.