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ECB weigh up changes to knockout rounds of Twenty20 Blast to give divisional winners automatic qualification for finals day ECB executives have raised the issue that winning groups brings little reward  The only advantage as it stands from winning group is home quarter-final A number of alternatives to current knockout model are being considered 

By Matt Hughes For Mailonline

Published: 23:20 BST, 20 September 2019 | Updated: 23:21 BST, 20 September 2019

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The ECB are considering changing the knockout rounds of the Twenty20 Blast to give each divisional winner automatic qualification for finals day. 

Worcestershire Rapids and Essex Eagles will both be competing for the trophy with Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Derbyshire Falcons at Edgbaston on Saturday despite having finished fourth in the north and south groups respectively, with group winners Lancashire Lightening and Sussex Sharks eliminated at the quarter-final stage.

The Blast has been a huge success this season in its last year before it faces competition from the new Hundred tournament, with aggregate attendances up significantly and record crowds delivered at Lord's, The Oval and Old Trafford, but there is a growing feeling that the knockout formula needs to be altered. 

The ECB are considering alternative formats to the knockout stage of the Twenty20 Blast

The ECB are considering alternative

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