Far from average
Think Twenty20 cricket is all about fours and sixes? Then check out Benedict Bermange's guide...
Last Updated: 14/06/12 2:51pm
Think Twenty20 cricket is all about fours and sixes? Then think again...
As the Friends Life t20 swings into action, Benedict Bermange is back with some stats and facts of his own from the previous nine years of domestic Twenty20.
Our pundits have already selected their favourite moments from seasons past - and named their player to watch for 2012. Click here to read more.
Now it's over to Benedict for the definitive guide...
The highest score is 254-3 by Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Uxbridge in 2011
Northamptonshire were all out for just 47 against Durham at Chester-le-Street in 2011
The youngest side was Worcestershire against Lancashire in 2011 - average age 24 years 115 days
The oldest side was Gloucestershire against Worcestershire in 2003 - average age 31 years 223 days
Derbyshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire are the only counties not to make it to Finals Day
Leicestershire has been to five Finals Days, Lancashire four, Somerset four and Surrey four
Sussex won a record 13 matches in a row over the 2009 and 2010 seasons
Middlesex lost a record nine matches in a row covering the 2005 and 2006 seasons, matched by Surrey in 2009 and 2010
Three Hampshire batsmen made fifties in the same innings against Middlesex in 2006 - as did three Yorkshire batsmen against Derbyshire the same year
In total, 227159 runs have been scored, 9738 wickets lost, 44 centuries scored
Essex hit 17 sixes against Sussex at Chelmsford in 2008
There have been 1,188 byes, 4,960 leg-byes, 5625 wides and 1763 no-balls
The average score batting first is 155
A total of 4,848 batsmen have been dismissed caught in the field, 2,181 have been bowled, 853 were run out, 759 caught by the keeper, 666 fell lbw, 421 were stumped and eight hit wicket
449 runs were scored in the match between Worcestershire against Northamptonshire at Kidderminster in 2007
Somerset hit 31 fours against Glamorgan at Cardiff in 2003
Graham Napier's 152 not out for Essex against Sussex at Chelmsford in 2008 is the competition record
Darren Stevens is the leading run-scorer with 2,002, then Darren Maddy with 1,958, Murray Goodwin with 1,938 and Marcus Trescothick with 1,937
Andrew Hall has taken 95 wickets, to lead the way from Azhar Mahmood (93), Yasir Arafat (91) and Robert Croft (83)
Arul Suppiah took 6-5 for Somerset against Glamorgan at Cardiff in 2011 - the best figures in the competition
Paul Nixon's 68 dismissals behind the stumps are the most among keepers
Martin van Jaarsveld has taken 43 catches in the field in the competition - more than anyone else
Azhar Mahmood, Samit Patel, Andrew Hall and Neil Carter are the only players with 1000 runs and 50 wickets in the competition.