The 18 first-class counties, were joined by eleven Minor Counties: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumberland, Devon, Dorset, Herefordshire, Norfolk, Staffordshire and Wales Minor Counties. The Ireland national cricket team, Scotland national cricket team and the Netherlands national cricket team also participated. Teams who won in the first round progressed to the second round. The winners in the second round then progressed to the quarter-final stage. Winners from the quarter-finals then progressed to the semi-finals from which the winners then went on to the final at Lord's which was held on 5 September 1998.