16 John Player league matches
Gillette Cup matches
Benson and Hedges Cup matches
The Championship was played as a single league – this meant more traveling than now.
The John Player was played as a single league. The games were 40 overs a side and bowlers runups were limited to 15 yards.
The Gillette Cup was played as a straightforward knock out over 60 overs.
The Benson and Hedges cup was played on a regional group basis followed by a straight knockout format competed for by the winners of the regional groups. These games were played over 55 overs.
Apart from the different formats John Player League matches were played in the middle of Championship matches, normally the Sunday of a 4 day double bill.
There was little if any complaint about the difficulty of adjusting to different formats even when the JPL game was played in the middle of a CC match.
The difference today is that players lack the regular rigour of first class cricket t to keep their techniques and mentalities in shape.