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Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 1 Round 5 September 6th – 9th

Middlesex's Nick Gubbins in action against Surrey
Middlesex's Nick Gubbins in action against Surrey

All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 5 Day 1 of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.


Bob Willis Trophy - Live Scores Round 5: Sunday, September 6th  – 9th




Lancashire v Derbyshire (Liverpool)  - Live Scores

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Lancashire 206-8 v Derbyshire - Day One - Close of Play 


Lancashire's Josh Bohannon saved his side's blushes at autumnal Aigburth with a brilliant 94 as the Red Rose made heavy work of reaching 206-8 on the first day of their Bob Willis Trophy clash with Derbyshire. 

Bolton-born Bohannon batted for just shy of 300 minutes before departing in the 90s for his second consecutive game in Liverpool, following last season's unbeaten 98, but the 23-year-old could be proud of his efforts considering his dominance of a disappointing scorecard for the hosts.

In truth Bohannon's belligerence was much need by the hosts on a day when runs were hard to come by - partly due to the accuracy of Derbyshire's bowlers and partly due to a slow outfield saturated by overnight rain. 

While nothing rides on the match for the Red Rose, the visitors, who lead the North Group by five points from Yorkshire, need to finish top and then be one of the two best placed group winners from the North, Central and South, to advance to five day showpiece, and their chances of a vital victory were boosted when Keaton Jennings was trapped lbw by Sam Connors from the first delivery of the match.

Alex Davies departed soon after without scoring, when he was also adjudged lbw, following an excellent delivery from former Lancastrian Luis Reece, to leave the Red Rose teetering on 2 for 2.

Bohannon was joined in the middle by Rob Jones and the pair staged something of a recovery, compiling 56 for the third wicket in the face of some tight bowling from Reese and Dustin Melton, before Jones departed caught at first slip by Leus du Plooy off Melton for 23 to leave Lancashire 71-3 at lunch.

The visitors were quickly into the groove after the break with the impressive Reece enticing Dane Vilas to edge behind to keeper Harvey Hosein in the first over following the break as the skipper departed for four. 

Bohannon was joined at the crease by debutant George Lavelle who batted for just short of an hour for a battling 13 until Melton trapped him front with the score on 108.

With a hugely inexperienced line up there was every reason to expect a collapse but Bohannon continued to stand firm and he reached a deserved half centry off 125 balls when he pulled Melton through midwicket for one of just six boundaries in his painstaking innings.

If scoring had been at a premium in the middle session, the runs practically dried up after tea as Derbyshire continued to pile on the pressure and Bohannon entered the nervous 90s. 

Eventually Melton's enthusiasm paid off when Bohannon clipped a ball to Fynn Hudson-Prentice at midwicket for what was a disappointing end to a fine knock, but a fitting reward for the Derbyshire seamer who finished the day with 3-46.

Teenager George Balderson continued his defiance at the other end as he and Danny Lamb dragged the hosts towards 200 until the 19-year-old rather gave away his wicket after slashing a wide ball from Conners to Wayne Madsen at slip for 36 with five overs to go.

Lamb followed quickly for eight when he spooned a catch to du Plooy at point to hand Matt Critchley his first wicket and bring debutant Jack Morley (0no) to the crease as he and Tom Hartley (5no) steered their side to the close. 


Nottinghamshire v Durham (Trent Bridge)

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Durham 275-8 v Nottinghamshire 


A century partnership between Gareth Harte and Stuart Poynter was the highlight for Durham on the opening day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Harte made 72 from 143 deliveries, with 10 fours, and Poynter scored 50 as the visitors reached 275 for eight after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Matt Carter took three for 43 for the hosts, with Zak Chappell returning figures of three for 75.

Chappell took the first three wickets to fall in the match, removing Sean Dickson for seven in his opening burst, pinning the former Kent batsman in his crease.

After switching ends, the pace bowler then struck twice more, reducing Durham to 33 for three. Scottish international Michael Jones edged low to Carter at first slip for a 20-ball duck, then David Bedingham made an unhappy return to his former city, edging to Ben Duckett at second slip for four.

South African Bedingham spent last summer playing the latest of several spells for Plumtree Cricket Club in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, based just a few miles away from Trent Bridge.

Alex Lees battled his way to within 15 minutes of the lunch break but squandered his wicket on 31, chasing a widish delivery from Jake Ball and nicking behind.

Harte tickled Chappell away for successive boundaries to fine leg to bring up his fifty from 89 balls as the fifth wicket partnership began to frustrate the home attack during the middle session.

His stand with Poynter had reached 101 when home skipper Steven Mullaney made the breakthrough, wobbling one past the defences of Harte to knock back his off stump.

Poynter’s half century came from 94 balls, with eight boundaries, but he failed to add to it as he edged Carter behind in the first over after tea.

Ned Eckersley and Paul Coughlin carried the score beyond 200 before both succumbed to Carter’s off spin. The Durham captain cut to backward point for 25 and former Notts man Coughlin popped one up into the hands of Hameed at short leg for 21.

With spin accounting for 40 of the first 90 overs Notts were able to take a second new ball at 5.05pm but were unable to make further inroads with it as Brydon Carse and Ben Raine survived until the close.

Carse pulled Carter for the only six of the day and is undefeated on 35, whilst his partner is unbeaten on 23. The pair have so far added 48 for the ninth wicket to leave the day on an equal footing.


Yorkshire v Leicestershire (Headingley) - Live Scores

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Yorkshire 36-2 v Leicestershire 124


Ben Coad claimed a superb five for 18 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 124 before tea during a seamer-friendly opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy clash at Emerald Headingley.

The 26-year-old excelled with the new ball and returned after lunch for further success as Yorkshire made an encouraging start to their bid for a victory which could see them advance to the five-day Lord’s final later this month.

They realistically need to win to topple leaders Derbyshire and finish top of the North Group. Then, they must finish as one of the two best group winners from the North, South and Central.

Rain again played its part for the third successive four-day game on this ground, with Yorkshire closing on 36 for two from 12.1 overs of their reply. There was no play beyond 4pm and 28.5 overs lost.

Second-placed Yorkshire know that if Derbyshire, who led the North Group by five points before the final round, beat Lancashire at Liverpool and accrue 20 points, there is nothing they can do.

But for now, they will celebrate a highly-impressive bowling display led by Coad, whose first wicket of Sam Evans was his 150th in first-class cricket in his 38th appearance.

This is only his second game of the summer having suffered a torn oblique muscle in the opening round victory at Durham last month.

It is the same situation for new ball partner Matthew Fisher (abdominal), who chipped in with three for 29 from 12 overs as swing and seam dominated under overcast Headingley skies.

Stand-in captain Adam Lyth won the toss and elected to bowl.

Lyth is captaining Yorkshire in place of Steve Patterson, who has been ruled out having suffered back spasms in the couple of days leading up to this fixture.

Leicestershire, playing only for pride, slipped to 12 for three and 36 for four before reaching lunch on 52 for four.

Fisher claimed two of the first four wickets, while Coad and Duanne Olivier also struck.

Fisher had Hassan Azad and Colin Ackermann lbw, while Coad also pinned Azad’s opening partner Sam Evans lbw.

Olivier claimed the other morning wicket, courtesy of a brilliant one-handed return catch to get rid of Harry Dearden (20).

Four of Coad’s first six overs were maidens, and he continued to give Leicestershire’s batsmen nothing after lunch and got more rewards as a result.

Coad had Rishi Patel (19) caught at second slip by Lyth - 59 for five in the 33rd over 

He then trapped Arron Lilley lbw and wrapped up the innings by getting wicketkeeper Harry Swindells (36) caught behind by Jonny Tattersall and Alex Evans caught by Lyth, the latter two in successive balls.

In between, Fisher had Ben Mike caught at third slip by Harry Brook, who also held on in the same position as Olivier got fellow South African Dieter Klein.

Swindells offered Leicestershire’s only significant resistance with a polished 36, including three successive fours in one Olivier over.

But they were given a significant boost inside the first three overs of the Yorkshire reply after tea, with Alex Evans and Klein removing Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Lyth as Yorkshire slipped to four for two.

Kohler-Cadmore was caught at square-leg by Sam Evans and Lyth edged behind to Swindells.

Will Fraine and Tom Loten, 11 and seven, steadied the ship before rain forced the players off the field and brought a premature end to an absorbing day’s play. 

Umpires Peter Hartley and James Middlebrook abandoned the day at 5.20pm.


Glamorgan v Warwickshire (Sophia Gardens)  - Live Scores

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Glamorgan (4 for 1) trail Warwickshire ( 186) by 182 runs

Any stranger watching  Ian Bell playing his penultimate innings at Sophia Gardens  after a long and distinguished career at county and international level,  would have wondered why he has decided to retire He says the desire is there to carry on” but feels that “my body can’t keep up to the demands of the game  and I know that the time is right.”

He will be much missed, this after he had played another accomplished innings that helped his team recover from 23/3 , and apart from the youthful Dan Mousley, who helped Bell  add 70 for the fourth wicket, Bell was a class apart from the other batsmen.

The Glamorgan bowlers off course know all about him, after Bell, two years ago,  struck 425 runs against them in three innings  He scored 106 *and 115*in the same game at Edgbaston , then later in the season the small matter of 204 at Colwyn Bay.

His half century, made off 116 balls which included nine fours, included some of his trademark cover drives for four, but it was a battling rather than a dashing innings that held Warwickshire together.

Th Glamorgan seamers thrived on the conditions- a green pitch with plenty of movement- and the Warwickshire top order batsmen were in trouble from the fourth ball of the innings when Tim Van der Gugten dismissed Will Rhodes.

Warwickshire resumed after lunch on 89/3, but Lucas Carey, playing his first game of the truncated season removed Mousley for 31, while Michael Burgess, having struck Carey for two successive boundaries, went for the third in succession but edged a catch to second slip.

Thirteen overs were lost to rain during the afternoon session, but with a favourable weather forecast these overs will be made up on the next two days.

Glamorgan batsmen had an awkward eight overs to face at the end of the day, with survival their main objective.  The openers Nick Selman  and Joe Cooke, playing his second championship game, stayed until the fifth over, before Selman, pushed at a ball from Liam Norwell, and edged to third slip where Bell- who else- held on to a low catch.



Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire (Bristol) - Live Scores

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Match Abandoned - for Covid-19 reasons

The Bob Willis Trophy match between Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire at the Bristol County Ground was abandoned after lunch on the opening day for Covid-19 reasons. 

Lunch was taken at the normal time, 12.30pm, but it was then announced that there would be a delay to the start of the afternoon session. No explanation was initially given. 

More than an hour later the umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Ian Blackwell were seen out on the pitch in consultation with the ground manager and the two captains. 

Lloyds, officiating in his last first class match after 23 years on the list, then lifted a stump out of the ground to signify that the match was over. 

No interviews were granted, but the clubs and the ECB issued a joint statement that read: “In the interests of player welfare, it has been agreed between Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the England & Wales Cricket Board that the Bob Willis Trophy match, currently being played at the Bristol County Ground, has been abandoned. 

“Just before lunch of the first session of play, it came to light that a member of the Northamptonshire playing squad has tested positive for COVID-19. Although the player was not part of the group that travelled with the squad to Bristol (and has been self-isolating at home), further members of the Northamptonshire squad have been in contact with the player within 48 hours of the player developing COVID-19 symptoms. 

 “Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the ECB are unified in the belief that player welfare is paramount and that no risks should be taken with the health and safety of the players, officials and administrators involved in this match. The match has now been abandoned and the Northamptonshire squad will return home to Northamptonshire today.” 

What play there was had seen Northamptonshire’s seamers cash in on winning the toss by reducing Gloucestershire to 66 for six by lunch 

Overcast conditions and green tinged pitch persuaded visiting captain Ricardo Vasconcelos to field first and his decision was soon made to pay off by some penetrating bowling. 

Ben Charlesworth was pouched at first slip off Brett Hutton in the third over and soon it was 17 for two as James Bracey, opening in place of the injured Chris Dent, edged Blessing Muzarabani through to wicketkeeper Harry Gouldstone, making his Northants debut on a day he will never forget. 

Graeme van Buuren looked in good form, but on 22 he was caught at third slip by Emilio Gay off Jack White. 

Gay took another catch in the same position to send back Tom Lace, who chased a wide ball from Luke Procter and it was 46 for five when White nipped a ball back off the seam to bowl George Hankins for six. 

Ryan Higgins and George Scott looked to be steadying Gloucestershire’s sinking ship, but in the final over before lunch Scott edged left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan to slip and departed with head bowed. 

In the absence of Dent, sidelined by a back problem, David Payne had taken over as Gloucestershire captain. 

The players formed a guard of honour before the start to applaud Lloyds onto the field. Little was he to know then that his last first class match as an umpire would last just two hours.  

Neither team were in contention to qualify for the final, but with the match deemed a draw Northants took ten points and Gloucestershire eight. 



Worcestershire v Somerset (Worcester)

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Somerset 251 all out (83.1 overs), Worcestershire 14-0 (5 overs)


Somerset skipper Tom Abell continued his fine form in the Bob Willis Trophy by top-scoring on the opening day of a see-saw crucial Central Group clash with Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road.

Abell showed his class in striking 59 to help ensure his side posted a challenging total on a green-tinged pitch offering encouragement to the seamers.

It followed on from his 119 against Glamorgan and an unbeaten 101 versus Gloucestershire earlier in the competition as Somerset totalled 251 all out in 83.1 overs.

Worcestershire continued to probe away, despite the absence of paceman Josh Tongue with a back spasm for the second half of the day, with Dillon Pennington and Ed Barnard picking up three wickets.

A spell of five wickets for 41 runs in 18 overs tipped the game in Worcestershire’s favour as Somerset collapsed to 134-6.

But steady lower order contributions from Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey and Jack Leach steered the visitors to two batting points.

Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby then survived five probing overs from Craig Overton and Josh Davey in reaching 14-0.

Worcestershire made one change from the side which drew with Warwickshire with Pennington replacing fellow paceman Charlie Morris.

The visitors made two changes from the team victorious over Gloucestershire – both of them enforced – with Ben Green and Jack Leach in for the injured James Hildreth (hamstring) and Jamie Overton who has joined Surrey on loan prior to a permanent move.

The initial breakthrough for Worcestershire was self-inflicted by Somerset with Green run out for eight with 18 on the board.

Tom Lammonby played Tongue into the covers and set off instantly for what looked a risky single – and Green was unable to beat Ed Barnard’s direct hit.

There was plenty of playing and missing during the morning session but also some fine stroke play from Abell who dominated a partnership of 75 in 26 overs with the resolute Lammonby.

Lammonby on 12 had a let off when Riki Wessels at first slip failed to hold onto a low chance low to his left off Pennington.

The second wicket pair continued to prosper and Abell reached his half century off 89 balls with eight fours just after lunch.

But Pennington, who delivered an excellent eight over post interval spell, broke the stand when Lammonby (28) chopped a delivery onto his stumps.

George Bartlett (18) departed in similar fashion to a ball from Tongue and then Pennington picked up the prized wicket of Abell.

He found the edge of his bat and keeper Ben Cox pulled off a fine low catch away to his right.

Spinner D’Oliveira came into the attack and struck in his first over when bowling former Worcestershire wicket-keeper batsman Steve Davies (9) through the gate

It became 134-6 when Jamie Overton (1) edged Barnard and perished to a low catch by Daryl Mitchell at second slip.

But Gregory then went on the offensive with a trio of sixes – including two in an over from Barnard - and he and Eddie Byrom added 61 in 15 overs.

Gregory (37) became tied down by D’Oliveira after tea and the spinner was rewarded when dismissing the England white ball player.

He sliced his attempted drive into the hands of Pennington at short third man.

Pennington struck with the ball for the third time when Byrom (30) attempted a cut shot and Barnard pulled off a magnificent catch low down at point.

Davey (28) holed out to square leg off Barnard – his 200th first class wicket – and the same bowler trapped Jack Leach (21) lbw to wrap up the innings.






Essex v Middlesex (Chelmsford) - Live Scores

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Middlesex 138 lead Essex 108/5 by 30 runs


Sam Cook returned season-best figures as Essex’s Bob Willis Trophy final hopes remained on track despite 15 wickets falling on day one at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Fast bowler Cook celebrated analysis of 4-27 as he formed a formidable trident with new ball partner Jamie Porter (3-55) and spinner Simon Harmer (3-34) as Middlesex were dashed out for 138 in 53.3 overs.

But in reply, Tim Murtagh and James Harris both took two wickets to leave reigning county champions Essex 108 for five, despite Paul Walter’s 43.

Essex are heavy favourites to top the South Group but to qualify for the Lord’s final later this month they need to score more points than either the winner of the Central or North section.

They will likely need to get a bonus point more than northern leaders Derbyshire, if both teams were to win.

That quest for points started off well as they received the full three bowling points on offer by skittling Middlesex.

Having been put in the field by Middlesex captain Steve Eskinazi, they had their first point on the board inside half an hour.

Holden, who had scored a century in Vitality Blast fixture at Chelmsford earlier this season, was caught behind to Cook’s second delivery.

Gubbins and Robson both fell to Porter to leave Middlesex 18 for three – the former lbw and the latter, following back-to-back boundaries, was bowled while leaving.

Eskinazi was caught behind off his inside edge after sticking around for 15.

Simon Harmer was brought into the attack in the 18th over from his customary River End and immediately found massive turn.

Although the Bob Willis Trophy’s leading wicket-taker didn’t need to use the facilities when Martin Andersson slapped a full toss to midwicket.

Former Essex loanee Robbie White was the sixth batsman to depart when he edged Porter to Sir Alastair Cook at first slip – giving Essex a previous second bonus point and Porter his 350th first-class scalp.

The tumble continued as John Simpson edged Porter behind and Harris, following a patient innings high 34, was lbw to Cook.

The innings closed when Thilan Walallawita was adjudged to have edged behind and Blake Cullen handed wicketkeeper Adam Wheater his fifth catch of the day.

Middlesex had only finished their Vitality Blast defeat to Surrey at the Kia Oval a 9.20pm on Saturday evening, with five players featuring in both matches. They had travelled immediately after that match.

Having scored 113 for nine on the T20 and rolled for 138, Middlesex had a combined score of 251 for 19 in around 20 hours.

The pitch had offered nip, plenty of carry and offered the spinners turn, but it certainly wasn’t a wicket that would ordinarily suggest the number of wickets that fell.

That trend for quick wickets would continue into the Essex innings.

On the back of an unbeaten 129 on his last outing, Alastair Cook could only manage six as he edged to first slip, handing teenager Cullen a memorable third professional wicket in his second appearance.

Essex then lost three wickets in 19 balls to continue the instability at the wicket – with Tim Murtagh the chief instigator.

The veteran Irishman jagged a delivery in to take Tom Westley’s off stump before Dan Lawrence nicked behind while moving down the wicket. Before Harris took over to have Feroze Khushi lbw.

Paul Walter stood tall throughout, though, as he made his new role as opener his own with a well-made 43.

But he was castled by Harris to Essex on 87 for five – with Wheater and Ryan ten Doeschate helping their side head towards a first-innings lead, albeit still a long way from adding any batting bonus points to their tally.

Kent v Hampshire (Canterbury) - Live Scores

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Hampshire 191 all out, lead Kent 21/2 by 170 runs

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens took his third five-wicket haul of the summer and the 29th of an illustrious career as Hampshire succumbed for 191 inside 75 overs on the opening day of their Willis Trophy south group clash in Canterbury.

The 44-year-old bowled 27 overs in four separate stints to finish with a season’s best five for 37. The veteran, making his fifth red-ball appearance of a shortened campaign, has now taken 25 wickets at the frugal average of 16.68 apiece.

In the 13 overs through to the close, Kent lost both their openers in fast-fading light.  Jordan Cox was caught at slip off teenager Scott Currie and Daniel Bell-Drummond had his off stump trimmed by Ian Holland as the hosts went in at stumps on 21 for two to trail by 170 going into day two.   

Batting first after losing the toss in overcast conditions, Hampshire openers Joe Weatherley and Holland made a cautious and watchful start scoring 36 runs in the opening hour.

Matt Milnes gave Kent their opening breakthrough in the 23rd over when Holland’s airy back-foot waft outside off stump flew off the shoulder of the bat to Heino Kuhn at slip.

Milnes should had picked up a second scalp soon after when Tom Alsop, cutting with just a single to his name, was downed in the gully by Marcus O’Riordan.

Weatherley, on 37, went in the next over, however, leg before when playing inside the line of a full-length away-swinger from Podmore as the visitors lunched on 89 for two.   

Alsop added seven to his score before departing soon after the resumption. Prodding at one that ran away from the left-hander, Stevens, who had switched to bowl down the Nackington Road slope, found an outside edge for Kuhn to take a second catch at slip.

Two balls later Felix Organ, off balance and working to leg, played across a straight one from Stevens to go lbw and make it 99 for four.

With the floodlights on for the second time Stevens, now swinging the ball at will under cloudy skies, bagged his third by getting one to float up the hill and feather the outside edge of Sam Northeast’s bat for the simplest of catches to the keeper. The Hampshire skipper departed for 16, then Lewis McManus (17) followed in near identical fashion in Stevens’ next over.

Lewis Scriven should have joined them with his score on three but Robinson downed a diving chance away to his right off the bowling of Grant Stewart.   

Stevens rested after a fabulous stint of 10-7-16-4, but Scriven’s let off counted for nought when he nibbled one from Milnes to Robinson, who this time made no mistake.    

Robinson took an even better catch three balls later, tumbling away to his right to claim the outside edge off Mason Crane’s bat as he pushed in defence off the back foot.

Ninth-wicket partners Brad Wheal and Currie dug in after tea adding 46 before Currie, the first-class debutant on 38, fenced at a Podmore lifter to Robinson behind the timbers.

Stevens wrapped it up soon after, bagging his third five-wicket return of the season when Ajeet Dale dabbed an away-swinger to the keeper for Robinson’s sixth catch of the day.

Stevens starred, but Milnes with three for 54 and Podmore. two for 49, offered excellent support.     


Surrey v Sussex (Oval) - Live Scores

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Sussex 239/3 v Surrey 


Tom Haines negotiated both a fiery second spell from Jamie Overton and a verbal spat with left-arm spinner Dan Moriarty to reach a superb 105 not out in Sussex’s first innings 239 for 3 against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

It was the 21-year-old Haines’ second first-class hundred and he featured in century stands with both Aaron Thomason and Delray Rawlins as Sussex made an impressive start to the final round of Bob Willis Trophy fixtures after winning the toss and opting for first use of a slow-paced pitch.

Rawlins made a punchy 65 from 88 balls, launching both Moriarty and Scott Borthwick’s leg spin for massive straight sixes, while Thomason’s nuggety 49 in an unfamiliar opening role was another important contribution to the Sussex cause.

At stumps Haines had faced 216 balls, hitting 14 fours and batting with great self-discipline throughout a day of only five hours’ playing time, because of a 12 noon start following Surrey’s floodlit Vitality Blast fixture against Middlesex on the ground the previous evening.

Surrey’s bowlers had little to encourage them in the conditions, with 52 overs of spin employed by Rory Burns, but the sluggish surface did not prevent Overton, who had looked fairly innocuous in a new ball spell of 4-0-20-0 on his red-ball Surrey debut, from peppering both Haines and Rawlins in a five-over late afternoon burst that was markedly more hostile.

Haines had initially been joined in a determined first wicket stand of 102 by Thomason, who fought his way through 115 balls after being promoted to open following Phil Salt’s call-up into England’s white-ball squad. But soon after Moriarty had Thomason leg-before in the 33rd over, pushing crookedly forward, Sussex also lost Harry Finch for 1 when off spinner Amar Virdi won a deserved lbw verdict during a skilful 11-over afternoon spell costing just 22 runs.

Rawlins had just hit Moriarty for his first six, followed by one of his eventual six fours, when non-striker Haines and the bowler exchanged heated words and the match was held up for several minutes while Neil Bainton and Ben Debenham, the umpires, spoke to both players and Surrey captain Burns.

Overton, who then replaced Moriarty for the 45th over with Sussex on 134 for 2, almost immediately hit Haines on the grille of his helmet and then Rawlins on the body as he worked up some real pace from around the wicket to the two left-handers.

But Rawlins responded with a gorgeous off drive for four and Haines also pulled Overton, who has left Somerset in search of regular red-ball cricket with Surrey, to the ropes in the best passage of cricket of the day.

Virdi, though, emerged as Surrey’s most successful bowler of the day, returning after tea to have Rawlins caught by Will Jacks at short leg after a partnership with Haines of 116 in 30 overs. And it was noticeable that every Surrey player, including Moriarty, applauded Haines warmly after he finally added another ton, in his 21st first-class appearance, to the 124 he made against Durham at Arundel in 2018 in only his third match.

Sussex were fielding one of the most inexperienced teams in their history, with an average age of 24 and including batsman James Coles who, at 16 years and 157 days old, became the youngest Sussex player to appear in first-class cricket.

Missing from Sussex’s line-up were three senior players in opener Salt, seamer Ollie Robinson, who was unavailable, and veteran former Durham and Kent paceman Mitch Claydon, who has been suspended by the ECB on suspicion of illegally using hand sanitiser on the ball during the Willis Trophy fixture against Middlesex last month.

Coles, who has emerged through Oxfordshire’s county age group system, captained the South & West in last year’s Bunbury Festival, the long-running event for the best Under-15 cricketers in the country, and won the player of the tournament award for scoring 199 runs in three innings, including one knock of 112.



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