Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 1 Round 4 August 22nd - 25th
All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 4 Day 1 August 22nd - 25th of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.
Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire (Leicester)
Leicester: Day One: close of play: Leicestershire 222 Notts 48-0
Half-centuries from all-rounders Tom Taylor and Ben Mike helped Leicestershire recover from 54-5 to reach a total which kept the Foxes in the game on the first day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at the Fischer County Ground.
A greenish pitch, heavy cloud and a strong wind meant it was a good toss for Steven Mullaney to win, and the Notts' skipper cannot have thought long before putting the home team in to bat. The ball swung and seamed from the start, and though Foxes' opener Sam Evans had an early reprieve when he was badly dropped at second slip by Mullaney in Zak Chappell's first over, he did not last much longer, flicking indeterminately at a widish delivery from Peter Trego to give Lyndon James catching practice at third slip.
LeftHarry Dearden also left the field berating himself after clipping a Trego in-swinger into the leg side without keeping the ball down and seeing Samit Patel take a good low catch at midwicket, reducing the home side to 15-2.
In-form Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann had scored only 4 when he received a delivery from Trego that pitched in line and swung sharply away to take the edge, Mullaney making up for his earlier miss by holding the catch in the slips.
Hassan Azad had also made just 4, off 40 balls, when he sliced an attempted drive at James and Ben Slater held the catch at backward point.
Chappell also picked up the first man dismissed after lunch, bowling a fine delivery which straightened to take the edge of George Rhodes' bat, wicketkeeper Tom Moores taking a straightforward catch behind the stumps to leave the Foxes on 54-5, but Taylor joined Harry Swindells in wresting the initiative back from the bowling side.
He was fortunate to be dropped on 6, at mid-off off Chappell, and twice fortunate not to be run out on 47, but hit six fours and a huge straight six in reaching his half-century off just 60 balls.
A partnership of 81 was broken when left-arm spinner Samit Patel found enough turn to trap Swindells leg before wicket for 33, and only two more runs had been added when Taylor ran out of luck, cutting left-arm seamer Tom Barber high to third man, where Chappell held the catch.
Mike played beautifully, however, and found good support from James Weighell, on debut on loan from Durham. He too hit six fours and went to his 50 by hooking Tom Barber for a huge six over long leg, the ball disappearing out of the ground.
Leicestershire should have picked up at least one wicket of their own before the close, but Rhodes put Slater down, a two handed chest high chance at third slip, when the left-hander was on 3. Hameed played fluently in going to 34 as Notts finished the day trailing by 174 with all ten first innings wickets intact.
Yorkshire v Lancashire (Emerald Headingley)
Yorkshire 8-0 v Lancashire, Emerald Headingley
Yorkshire and Lancashire were restricted to only 13 balls of play during the opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy Roses clash at Emerald Headingley.
There was no play possible beyond 11.40am after the start had initially been delayed until 11.30am because of rain, with umpires Peter Hartley and James Middlebrook abandoning the day shortly after 3pm.
Yorkshire reached eight without loss having elected to bat upon winning the toss.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s cover driven boundary off a full toss from Red Rose debutant George Burrows was the only scoring shot.
When play was abandoned, it was not raining. But there were still puddles on the outfield.
This fourth round North Group fixture has been shorn of a number of household names due to England call-ups and injuries.
At the start of the day, Yorkshire confirmed batsman Gary Ballance is missing as a result of illness and “heightened feelings of anxiety and stress following a long period of isolation due to the Covid-19 lockdown”.
Both sides are missing eight players apiece, opening up chances for a host of young players.
Combined between the two teams, 10 players (Yorkshire six and Lancashire four) are making their Roses first-class debuts.
That number includes Yorkshire’s ex-South Africa Test fast bowler Duanne Olivier, while 22-year-old new ball seamer Burrows is the only player making his first-class debut.
After three North Group games, Yorkshire sit second in the table, two points behind leaders Derbyshire having won two and drawn one.
Third-placed Lancashire desperately need a win. They are 22 points adrift of Derby in the race for top spot having won one, drawn one and lost one.
Derbyshire v Durham (Riverside)
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (Northampton)
It was a tale of two debutants for Glamorgan on the opening day at Wantage Road as they made 259 after being asked to bat before Northamptonshire replied with 82 for 1.
The first debut of Joe Cooke, who was dropped first ball and made 18, ran with the theme of Glamorgan’s struggle with the bat this season as his side slumped to 135 for 9. The second, from Callum Taylor, was an extraordinary 106 with 11 fours and six sixes to put the visitors in the match.
Cooke, a 23-year-old who developed through the Hertfordshire age groups, played four first-class matches for Durham MCCU. But his debut innings in the professional ranks should have ended immediately as he was dropped first ball by Emilio Gay at third slip.
On 18, Cooke was lbw to a full Jack White inswinger and soon after lunch, Glamorgan were about to be fired out for a fourth time in five completed innings this season. But then Glamorgan’s second debutant changed the day in eye-popping fashion.
Taylor, a 22-year-old from Newport, played four T20s last season. So for him it was perhaps a comfortable change of tempo. He was 27 from 46 balls when the ninth wicket fell. He then swung another 79 runs in only 48 balls.
He cleared his front leg to hoist Brett Hutton over square leg, then took the same bowler back over his head. Simon Kerrigan, the left-arm spinner playing his first professional match since 2017, was smashed over long-on and Blessing Muzarabani heaved over midwicket and then scooped beyond backward square-leg.
He aimed leg side again to swing Muzarabani over the hoardings and reach three-figures in 88 balls. He skipped up the wicket and leapt with delight.
Michael Hogan joined the fun with three sixes of his own and the pair smashed 124 in 68 balls for a 10th wicket record partnership for Glamorgan against Northamptonshire.
Hogan timed two perfect lofted drives against Jack White down the ground and a mighty strike off Muzarabani that found the gardens of the Wantage Road houses.
It was a remarkable turnaround but not entirely unexpected. Three times in the last four innings, Northamptonshire have been on the verge of dismissing the opposition cheaply only to see the innings go spiralling away from them under a barrage of hitting.
And so it followed once again as the home attack had no answer when the batsmen switched to all-out attack and the chance to immediately take hold of the game was lost.
Because until Taylor’s tonking, it was an excellent day for home side, who once again made a host of changes with their focus on the T20 Blast that begins on Thursday.
Brett Hutton was making his seasonal reappearance after playing a crucial role in last season’s promotion campaign and he took four afternoon wickets.
He got one to straighten on Billy Root from round the wicket who edged to first slip for 16. Chris Cooke was too slow to defend a full ball that shaped back and was bowled for 2. Kieran Bull was caught behind pushing forward before Marchant de Lange slashed a wider ball to first slip where Saif Zaib held a sharp chance.
But then Taylor played with glorious abandon to turn the day Glamorgan’s way.
Northamptonshire have also endured trouble with the bat this season but made a solid reply. They lost Gay caught and bowled to a top edge trying to pull de Lange but Ben Curran and Charlie Thurston, both of whom have shown promise in their limited experience, shared a half-century stand at over four-an-over to the close.
Somerset v Gloucestershire (Taunton)
Somerset 237 v Gloucestershire 13/4 at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
George Bartlett’s fourth first class century transformed Somerset’s fortunes on a dramatic opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
The 22-year-old former England Under-19 batsman ended unbeaten on exactly 100 as his side were bowled out for 237, having been 89 for five and 176 for nine after losing the toss.
Bartlett’s valiant innings occupied 143 balls and featured 17 fours. David Payne claimed four for 44 and Ryan Higgins four for 72, but a last-wicket stand of 61 between Bartlett and Jack Brooks frustrated the bowlers.
By the close, Gloucestershire had slumped to ???, Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren falling to Craig Overton and Ben Charlesworth and nightwatchman Josh Shaw to Josh Davey in the first seven overs.
The start of the day had seen Somerset plunge into trouble after visiting skipper Dent had elected to field, with threatening clouds gathering.
Left-arm seamer Payne, fresh from eight wickets in the previous game against Glamorgan, bowled Eddie Byrom for a duck with a fine delivery at the start of the third over.
With the total on 29, Somerset captain Tom Abell edged Shaw through to wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick, departing for ten, and at the end of a morning session interrupted for 40 minutes by a heavy shower, Somerset were 42 for two.
Higgins grabbed an important scalp soon after the interval, pinning James Hildreth lbw for 13 and it was 57 for four when opener Tom Lammonby was well caught low at third slip by Tom Lace off the same bowler, having made 24.
Gloucestershire looked to be taking a firm grip when Steve Davies was caught down the leg-side by Roderick off Payne for 16 in the 35th over.
But Bartlett looked in better form than his team-mates from the outset and by tea he had moved confidently to 43, off 89 balls, with 7 fours, looking particularly strong off the back-foot through the off-side.
Craig Overton provided support as batting began to look more comfortable under clearing skies and had contributed 32 to a stand of 75 when leg-before to Higgins with the total on 164 in the final session.
A clatter of wickets followed, Roelof van der Merwe edging Payne to George Hankins at second slip, Jamie Overton caught behind aiming a mighty swing off the same bowler and Davey taken at first slip by Dent off Higgins, having been dropped by Hankins the previous ball.
At 176 for nine, Somerset, whose top order batting had been fragile in previous games, looked in danger of ending their innings without a bonus point.
But Bartlett, whose half-century had occupied 109 balls, began to cut loose and found a reliable partner in Brooks, not for the first time providing valuable runs at number 11.
They should have been parted with the score on 195 when Hankins spilled another chance at second slip offered by Brooks off Matt Taylor.
Gloucestershire’s fielding let them down as another chance offered by Brooks went begging and four overthrows contributed to the last-wicket stand.
Bartlett continued to punish anything short through the covers and point. A richly-deserved hundred was reached with a single to third-man off Taylor and the young batsman leapt to punch the air in celebration.
Brooks was caught at mid-off for 24 off the next delivery, but momentum was with Somerset and Craig Overton was quick to build on it by trapping Dent lbw for five in the third over of Gloucestershire’s reply.
Charlesworth edged to second slip, van Buuren was caught behind and Shaw fell leg-before as the fiery Overton and accurate Davey threatened with virtually every ball.
Worcestershire v Warwickshire (Worcester)
Day 1 Close: Warwickshire 228-3 (90 Overs)
Will Rhodes hit his career best score and first century since being appointed Warwickshire captain to frustrate Bob Willis Trophy Central Group leaders Worcestershire on the opening day of the derby clash at at Blackfinch New Road.
The 25-year-old ended unbeaten on 142 from 263 balls with 15 fours as the Bears closed on 228-3 from 90 overs are being put into bat by home skipper Joe Leach.
It surpassed his previous highest of 137 against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston in August 2018.
Rhodes received admirable support from Sam Hain (55) in a second wicket partnership of 165 from 60 overs on a flat and sluggish pitch.
He completed the sixth first class century of his career just two balls after tea with one of his few false strokes when he edged former England Under-19 team-mate Ed Barnard to the third man boundary.
It came from 181 balls and contained 13 fours.
Rhodes took over as skipper after Jeetan Patel had stepped down from the role last winter and had begun the season in decent form with three 40 plus scores in the BWT without fully capitalizing on those platforms.
But today he batted with great solidity and composure in laying a solid foundation for Warwickshire to build a substantial total tomorrow in their remaining 30 first innings overs
Rhodes gave only one chance when on 123 with Tom Fell at mid-on spilling the chance off Daryl Mitchell.
Worcestershire went into the game a single point ahead of Somerset and needing a substantial points haul in the battle to secure a place in next month’s Lord’s final.
They will have to overcome history as their local rivals have won the last eight first class meetings between the sides and are unbeaten in that format of the game against Worcestershire for two decades.
But their bowlers deserve credit for sticking to their task in the benign conditions and restricting the Bears to around two and a half runs per over despite Rhodes excellent knock.
Worcestershire showed one change from the line-up which had triumphed at Northampton in mid-week with Charlie Morris replacing fellow paceman Dillon Pennington.
Warwickshire made two changes – one enforced – from the drawn home game versus Somerset with Dan Mousley and Ryan Sidebottom replacing the injured Matt Lamb and Henry Brookes.
Morris made the breakthrough when Rob Yates (2) was squared up by a delivery which he nicked through to Riki Wessels at first slip with 13 on the board.
Rhodes immediately looked in good touch and turned Morris through mid-wicket for the first boundary of the innings while Hain slowly played himself back into form after scores of 6,8,0,1 and 7 to start the campaign.
He waited patiently until his 47th delivery before dispatching Morris for his first four.
The Warwickshire pair accumulated in unhurried and untroubled fashion and the 100 partnership with Hain came up in 42 overs
Hain (55) eventually fell to Ed Barnard when he flicked at a legside delivery and keeper Ben Cox pulled off another fine one-handed catch.
There was more joy for Worcestershire in the next over when Ian Bell (1) drove at Leach and perished to a smart catch by Barnard at point at 179-3 in the 67th over.
But Rhodes who achieved his career best with a single off Brett D’Oliveira, and Dan Mousley (18 not out) saw Warwickshire to the close without any further alarms.
Hampshire v Essex (Arundel)
A damp patch in the run-ups at the Castle End of the ground prevented any play on day one of Hampshire’s Bob Willis Trophy fixture with Surrey at Arundel.
Umpires Billy Taylor and Ian Gould held four inspections throughout the day but decided at 4.15pm that the dodgy area would not dry in time for action.
Both teams are keen to play, with unbeaten Essex top of the South Division aiming to boost their chance of playing in the final, while Hampshire are second and hoping to hunt them down.
Frustratingly, there was plenty of play at Hampshire’s usually home, the Ageas Bowl, where England continued to pile the runs on against Pakistan.
While further east down the south coast, a Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy warm-up between Southern Vipers and South East Stars was played undeterred.
Middlesex v Sussex (Radlett)
Sussex 293: All out - Middlesex: Yet to bat
HARRY Finch’s battling half-century meant Sussex just had the better of an absorbing first day in their Bob Willis Trophy encounter with hosts Middlesex at Radlett.
Finch batted for more than three hours to hit 12 fours in a top score of 69 out of the visitors’ total of 293 all out.
Delray Rawlins weighed in down the order with a run-a-ball 46, but Sussex’s day was marred by a back injury to opener Tom Haines, who returned late in the innings with a runner, but looked in great discomfort.
For Middlesex, there were four wickets for all-rounder Martin Andersson (4-77) and Blake Cullen, making his debut for the county, aged 18, returned figures of 2-51.
The morning session was a story of a missed opportunity for England hopeful Phil Salt.
The Welsh-born opener battled through testing opening overs from Tim Murtagh and Miguel Cummins, surviving a scare when he lifted the former just over the head of the latter at mid-on.
It was the cue for Salt to push on and he produced a gorgeous shot to loft left-arm spinner Walallawita back over his head for a straight six.
Another maximum followed when he pulled a short one from Cullen over the square leg fence, but his good early work was undone when he attempted to hook Andersson’s first ball bouncer and only succeeded in top edging it to Cullen at fine leg to depart for 42.
It proved to be Middlesex’s only success pre-lunch as fellow opener Haines steered the visitors to 80-1 at the interval.
However, Haines hadn’t added to his tally after the resumption when he propped forward to play a defensive shot against Walallawita only to suffer a back spasm. He was briefly treated on the field before heading back to the dressing-room for intensive physio.
His replacement Tom Clark struck two sweet boundaries before becoming the first first-class victim for Cullen, edging a ball which left him off the pitch to a diving John Simpson behind the stumps.
That brought Sussex skipper Ben Brown to the crease, another man who historically has flourished against Middlesex.
He and Finch played nicely through much of the afternoon, each producing some sweet cover drives. They both survived scares, Brown almost turning a ball from Walallawita into the hands of short leg, while Finch drove loosely at Murtagh, the ball flying wide of the grasping hands of Sam Robson at slip.
It was something of a surprise when Brown (26) fell to the last ball before tea, mistiming a short ball from Murtagh (2-41) and spooning the ball gently into the grateful hands of Robbie White at mid-wicket.
Finch found fluency after tea, plundering three fours from one Cummins over as he and new batsman Aaron Thomason raised the 200.
However, it would all end in disappointing fashion for Finch (69) as he fenced at a straight one from Cullen, giving Simpson the simplest of catches.
Aaron Thomason meanwhile had taken 30 balls to get off the mark, but then only made 10 before Andersson pinned him LBW.
Delray Rawlins and Ollie Robinson stabilised matters again with a stand of 35 before Cummins returned to trap the latter LBW to one which looked a little high.
If there was doubt about that Jack Carson was stone dead to the next delivery, but Mitchell Claydon survived a lifting hat-trick ball.
Rawlins cut loose with an enormous six over the old pavilion off Walallawita and three successive fours from the returning Andersson.
The young all-rounder gained revenge when Rawlins holed out to Nick Gubbins on the fence, but his swashbuckling effort had edged Sussex ahead of the game once more.
The limping Haines returned with a runner, but Andersson had Claydon taken at slip before Murtagh scattered Will Sheffield stumps to end a fascinating day.
Surrey v Kent (Kia Oval)
DAY 1 report - Kent 295/8 v Surrey at the Kia Oval
Grant Stewart made 58 and Harry Podmore scored a fine 42-ball 47 from No 8 as the pair added 73 for the seventh wicket and Kent reached a determined 295 for 8 after being put in by Surrey on the opening day of their Bob Willis Trophy fixture at the Kia Oval.
Sam Curran returned from England Test duty to take 3 for 65 for Surrey but it was the lower order partnership between Podmore and Stewart that ultimately edged the day Kent’s way after a battling performance.
There were also half-century stands for the second and fifth wickets, respectively by Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning and then by Marcus O’Riordan and Darren Stevens, to frustrate a Surrey attack.
At 99 for 4 in mid-afternoon, however, it looked like it would be Surrey’s day after Bell-Drummond fell for a fighting 111-ball 45 – leg-before to Adam Finch – and Ollie Robinson was also pinned in front for 17 by Curran.
But O’Riordan, a contemporary of England’s new batting hero Zak Crawley when they were both at Tonbridge School, reached 30 from 65 balls while veteran all-rounder Stevens made 24, before edging Rikki Clarke to Ben Foakes behind the stumps, as the pair led a counter-attack with a stand of 55 in 13 overs.
And then, after O’Riordan had thin-edged Curran to Foakes in the second over after tea, pushing at one angled across him from the left-arm seamer, Podmore arrived to play an excellent knock that included six fours and a big six sweetly-struck into the new Peter May Stand construction site off Amar Virdi.
Stewart also drove off spinner Virdi for a straight six and hit five fours in his 103-ball innings, before being eighth out in the day’s 87th over when he went down the pitch to Virdi, missed an attempted lofted drive and was bowled leg stump.
The 22-year-old O’Riordan, just nine days older than Crawley, impressed in what is just his fifth first-class game. He has been getting his Kent chance in this abbreviated summer largely because of the absences of Crawley and other senior players, and despite his off spin being reportedly his strongest cricketing suit he has looked very comfortable taking various top-order batting roles in the past month.
In his fourth Willis Trophy appearance, O’Riordan came in at 99 for three and resisted gamely, hitting five fours before departing at 170 for six. The efforts of Podmore, Stewart and Matt Milnes, who finished on 22 not out after a handy 49-run stand with Stewart, then ensured that Kent were marginally the happier of the two teams at stumps.
Earlier Kent had fought hard to get to 56 for 1 by lunch, with Bell-Drummond being joined by Leaning in a second wicket partnership of 58 in 25 overs after Jordan Cox had gone in the ninth over, leg-before to a Matt Dunn yorker.
Leaning eventually went for 21, chipping Curran to mid on off a leading edge in the sixth over after lunch, and just before his dismissal by Finch, acting captain Bell-Drummond was hit on the shoulder by the impressive 20-year-old paceman, making his second Surrey appearance on loan from Worcestershire.
Finch, though, then had to wait until deep into the final session to get his second scalp, that of Podmore who carved to backward point.
Wicketkeeper Foakes, like Curran, was playing his first Willis Trophy game after being released from England’s bio-secure Test bubble but Surrey were without fast bowler Morne Morkel, who picked up a niggle in the defeat against Hampshire at Arundel last week.
Kent, without Joe Denly and Sam Billings – who have joined England’s white-ball squad – and Heino Kuhn, who is on paternity leave, have given a first-class debut to 20-year-old paceman Nathan Gilchrist, signed from Somerset earlier this summer, and who finished on 1 not out.
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