Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 2 Round 4 August 22nd - 25th
All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 4 Day 2 August 22nd - 25th of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.
Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire (Leicester)
Leicester: Day Two: close: Leicestershire 222 Notts 221-2
Openers Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed put together a partnership of 200 as Nottinghamshire laid the foundations to build a formidable first innings lead in their Bob Willis Trophy match against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.
In so doing they broke a record for the first wicket for Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire, beating the 159 compiled by George Gunn and Garnet Lee at Trent Bridge in 1919.
Notts had resumed on 48-0, with Hameed on 34 and Slater on 12, and neither batsman gave a chance during the morning session as the Leicestershire seamers struggled to bowl a consistent line and length on an unrewarding pitch.
Tom Taylor came closest to making a breakthrough, beating both batsmen with deliveries that swung late, but edges were rare, and when they came fell short of the waiting slips. Hameed, after picking up two boundaries in the first over of the day, played circumspectly, reaching his half-century off 80 deliveries (ten fours), while Slater – who earlier this season had spent two weeks on loan at Leicestershire – mixed steady accumulation with the occasional flowing cover drive, reaching his 50 off 103 balls.
By lunch they had beaten the previous highest first wicket partnership in the Bob Willis Trophy, 153 between Slater and Hassan Azad, for Leicestershire against Lancashire.
Rain meant only 5.1 overs were possible in the afternoon and the evening session saw Leicestershire bowling a better containing line. Even so, both batsmen looked odds-on to reach a century until Hameed, on 87,left a delivery from Alex Evans that swung back in and hit his back leg to be dismissed leg before.
Ten runs later Slater – who had passed the landmark of 5,000 first-class runs earlier in his innings - was also dismissed, in his case on 86, edging the persevering Taylor to second slip where Colin Ackermann held a sharp chance at the second attempt.
Bad light saw play end when 10.5 overs remained to be bowled, but with better weather forecast to come over the final two days, Notts are in a strong position to end their run of 24 first-class county matches without victory.
Yorkshire v Lancashire (Emerald Headingley)
CLOSE DAY TWO: Yorkshire 178-6 v Lancashire
Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth moved to within 14 runs of a fourth Roses first-class career century during a weather-affected but entertaining day two of the Bob Willis Trophy clash with Lancashire at Emerald Headingley.
Both sides enjoyed periods of dominance during an uninterrupted morning, which saw Yorkshire advance their first innings from eight to 53 without loss before slipping to 78 for four, including two wickets in three balls for all-rounder Danny Lamb.
No play was possible between 2.15pm and 4.45pm, with the hosts later advancing their first innings from 98 for four after 36 overs to close on 178 for six from 66. Lyth reached 86 not out off 197 balls.
Day one saw 87 overs lost to rain, with a further 35 lost during day two, meaning the chances of either side winning this penultimate round North Group fixture are slim.
A draw would be far more damaging to Lancashire - third in the North and 22 points off top spot prior to this fixture. Yorkshire were second and only two points behind Northern leaders Derbyshire.
When day two began, Yorkshire advanced quickly.
Lyth, who survived a huge lbw appeal from Tom Bailey on nought, fed on some leg-side bowling from Red Rose debutant George Burrows, who he pulled for a six added to seven boundaries in his lunch-time 45.
Lyth shared a half-century opening partnership with Tom Kohler-Cadmore (18), only for Yorkshire’s position of strength to slip away during the second half of the morning in bowler-friendly conditions.
Of Lancashire’s four front-line seamers, Bailey, 29, is the only one with significant experience given he is playing his 60th first-class game.
The others, Burrows, Lamb and George Balderson, had only nine previous first-class appearances between them coming into this fixture.
But they all contributed to an impressive fightback. Burrows looked nervy, but bustling seamers Lamb and Balderson built significant pressure.
Bailey (one for 27 from 18 overs) made the initial breakthrough when he had Kohler-Cadmore smartly caught low down at first slip by Keaton Jennings in the eleventh over.
Lamb replaced Bailey at the Emerald Stand End and had Will Fraine caught behind for five and Tom Loten lbw for nought as the White Rose slipped to 61 for three in the 17th over.
There was further damage done courtesy of Burrows, who returned for his second spell - his first five overs cost him 35 - at the Kirkstall Lane End and had almost instantly claimed his first career wicket.
Three balls into the 24th over, Harry Brook (six) cut a short and wide delivery to Josh Bohannon at point, leaving the hosts 78 for four.
Jennings dropped Jonny Tattersall on one at first slip, and there was only enough time for three overs to be bowled in the afternoon before rain.
At that point, wicketless Balderson had only conceded seven runs in eight overs.
Lyth reached his fifty shortly after the evening resumption at 4.45pm, off 130 balls with eight fours and his six off Burrows.
It represented the former England left-hander’s seventh score of 50 or more in 14 Roses first-class appearances.
Lyth and wicketkeeper batsman Tattersall steadied the hosts after the loss of those four quick morning wickets with a fifth-wicket stand of 61.
But Jennings atoned for the earlier drop when his part-time medium pacers claimed the scalp of Tattersall for 25, caught at first slip by Steven Croft on the drive as the score fell to 139 for five in the 52nd.
Lyth later pulled a second six off Lamb, only to lose another partner in Jordan Thompson as Burrows bowled him off an inside-edge as he tried to leave alone (164 for six in the 62nd over).
Derbyshire v Durham (Riverside)
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (Northampton)
If Northamptonshire’s policy of using the Bob Willis Trophy as a development competition is to be deemed a success, they need more stories like this second day at Wantage Road. Charlie Thurston made 115, his maiden century for Northamptonshire, and Ben Curran 82 as they responded to Glamorgan’s 259 with 288 for 5.
Thurston and Curran, both 24, have limited top-level experience but have been handed extended opportunities this season. Both have looked comfortable in their first XI appearances but were in need of scores to underline their potential.
So it would have been to the relief of the pair and the club - taking some flak for their results despite their stated intentions - that both delivered. They shared a second-wicket partnership of 176 as Northamptonshire finally realised runs from their top order.
Thurston has been on the fringes at Northamptonshire for a few years after making a century against them for Loughborough MCCU in 2017, also at Wantage Road. He was handed county debuts in all three formats in 2018 but never a proper chance to launch his career.
This has been his opportunity. He made 96 in the second-innings as Edgbaston in the first match of the Bob Willis Trophy, part of a tremendous rearguard that saved the game from a helpless position.
And this should have an ever closer near-miss if Kieran Bull had held a regulation chance at slip off Tim van der Gugten with Thurston on 99. Next ball he worked a single to long leg and raised his century in 145 balls with 10 fours and a six.
He was very fluent and soon built on his overnight 30. He played a beautiful back-foot punch to bring the 100 up, then flicked van der Gugten for two to reach fifty in 67 balls with six fours. He then uppercut Marchant de Lange over point for six to take the stand into three-figures.
But with his career-best in sight after lunch, he dragged Callum Taylor - who enjoyed a dream first-class debut with a whirlwind century on day one - into his stumps trying to cut a ball from the offspinner round the wicket that was too tight to do so.
Curran, the middle brother of Surrey and England’s Tom and Sam, was also impressive. Initially more watchful than Thurston, he took an hour to find his first boundary of the day. He edged de Lange over the slips cordon before hooking him for four over square leg. He cut the same bowler for his seventh four to reach fifty in 112 balls, his second of the season and seventh of his 17-match career.
Curran had one moment of fortune as he reverse-swept Bull in his first over and edged to first slip, only to find the fielder had moved away trying to anticipate where the ball might have gone had Curran made his intended contact.
But he enjoyed no luck three overs after lunch as a thick outside edge from van der Gugten was spectacularly held by Nick Selman diving one-handed to his left at second slip. It left Curran one short of his first-class best made against Sussex in September 2018 in his fifth appearance. This was his 12th game since.
The partnership broken, Northamptonshire wobbled from 202 for 1 to 234 for 4 as Luke Procter drove van der Gugten lazily to mid-off to fall for just 3 and the hosts were made to wait by the rain to take the lead.
Play resumed at 5.10pm and Rob Keogh got in a mess trying to defend Dan Douthwaite and was bowled for 20 but Ricardo Vasconcelos, down the order this week with him both keeping wicket and captaining the side in place of the rested Adam Rossington, ensured Northamptonshire went to the close in a strong position.
Somerset v Gloucestershire (Taunton)
Close of Play Day 2: Somerset 237 & 223/1 dec v Gloucestershire 76 & 14/3
Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby hit unbeaten centuries as Somerset set Gloucestershire an unlikely victory target of 385 on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy match at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
A day totally dominated by the home side saw Gloucestershire bowled out for 76 from an overnight 13 for four, Craig Overton claiming four for 25 and Josh Davey three for 21.
That gave Somerset a first innings lead of 161. Skipper Abell and Lammonby then both finished 101 not out after an unbroken second-wicket stand of 211 had guided their side to 223 for one when Abell declared, aware of the forecast of rain on the final two days.
It was 20-year-old Lammonby’s maiden first class century to follow his maiden first class wicket in Gloucestershire’s first innings. The visitors were left with a tricky eight overs to negotiate, losing Ben Charlesworth, Chris Dent and Tom Lace before closing on 14 for three.
Gloucestershire were under pressure from the opening delivery of the day, having already lost four first innings wickets. Davey made the first breakthrough with the total on 29 when nightwatchman Matt Taylor was caught at point for 12.
The heat of battle between the two West country rivals was turned up when Jamie Overton thought he had George Hankins caught behind for six with the score 48 for five.
Umpire Paul Baldwin disagreed and Overton showed his displeasure, first by crouching with head in hands and then unleashing three successive bouncers at the Gloucestershire batsman.
The final ball of the over saw Hankins edge a low catch to Craig Overton at second slip and Somerset felt justice had been done.
Lace, who showed better technique than a number of team-mates, was bowled by Jack Brooks for 21, attempting to drive, with the scoreboard showing 56 for seven.
Gareth Roderick fell lbw to Craig Overton and Gordon Scott was caught behind off Lammonby’s left-arm seam before Ryan Higgins was last man out for 15.
With a commanding lead, Somerset were able to approach their second innings positively. They suffered an early setback when Eddie Byrom chipped a catch to mid-wicket off a leg-side delivery from David Payne.
But from then on Lammonby and Abell took control, looking increasingly assured in a partnership that had added 81 by tea, which was taken at 93 for one. Suddenly, batting appeared straightforward on a pitch that had never looked to have any demons in it.
The final session saw Abell score more fluently to begin with, producing some textbook drives. Left-hander Lammonby, who had never scored even a half-century in first class cricket, moved cautiously to that landmark, having faced 122 balls and hit five fours.
Abell was first to his ton, with two to third man off Ben Charlesworth. It was his second hundred of the competition and was made off 153 balls, with 17 boundaries.
Lammonby was forced to hit out in a bid to reach three figures before the declaration and did so to great effect. Twice he cleared the ropes and a pulled four to fine leg off Scott took him to his century off 160 balls.
After one more delivery Abell called a halt and soon his seamers were cutting through Gloucestershire’s batting as they had done in the first innings.
Davey had Charlesworth caught behind with a ball that lifted and bowled Lace with the first ball of the final over after Craig Overton had pinned Dent lbw. Only the weather would now appear to stand between Somerset and a third win from four Bob Willis Trophy games.
Worcestershire v Warwickshire (Worcester)
Warwickshire first innings 355-9 declared; Worcestershire first innings 170-0
Charlie Morris completed a five wicket haul before Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby sparkled with the bat as Worcestershire struck back strongly on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy derby encounter with Warwickshire at Blackfinch New Road.
County paceman Morris picked up four wickets today and ended with figures of 23-3-80-5 as Warwickshire, who were 228-3 overnight, lost six wickets for 47 runs before declaring at 355-9 with Will Rhodes making a career best 207.
It was the sixth five-wicket haul of Morris’s career and he now needs just two more scalps to reach the 200 mark in first class cricket.
Ben Cox’s excellent form behind the stumps also continued after he reached the 500 dismissals mark in his career at Northampton earlier this week.
His quintet of catches lifted his haul for the summer to 22 – and it is comfortably the highest tally by a keeper in the Bob Willis Trophy.
Mitchell and Libby then again showed their quality during an unbroken opening partnership of 170 from 58 overs.
Worcestershire, who started this round of matches heading the Central Group, immediately took the second new ball when play on a slow-paced pitch resumed this morning.
Rhodes and Dan Mousley extended their overnight stand to 128 in 40 overs but then the wickets started to tumble.
Morris made the first breakthrough of the day when Mousley (47) edged a waist high catch to Cox.
Barnard picked up his second wicket of the innings in the next over when Bears keeper Michael Burgess (1) was also caught behind.
Tim Bresnan made a breezy 17 before pulling Morris into the hands of Jake Libby positioned at deep square leg.
Morris ended Rhodes excellent knock at 207 when he aimed a hit down the ground and once again Cox showed a safe pair of hands.
The County keeper then excelled with a sharp reflex catch away to his right to account for Alex Thomson (14)
Morris completed his nap hand when Craig Miles (0) went for a pulled and skied a catch to Brett D’Oliveira at mid-wicket.
It took his wicket tally to 14 in five innings this summer.
When Worcestershire launched their reply, Mitchell and Libby continued their good form since joining forces as an opening pair for this competition.
Neither batsman was particularly troubled with Mitchell first to a half century off 103 balls with a steer to third man off Oliver Hannon-Dalby for his seventh boundary.
Libby followed him to fifty with a single off Ryan Sidebottom – from 122 balls with four fours and the century stand came up in 38.4 overs.
It was another excellent effort by the talented duo after partnerships of 152 against Gloucestershire and 97 versus Glamorgan.
Mitchell ended unbeaten on 85 from 183 balls with 10 fours and Libby 80 not out from 167 deliveries with seven boundaries.
Charlie Morris: “It was hard work on that wicket. I thought Leachy, Barny and Tonguey bowled fantastically – and Mitch as well last night. They all bowled so well and deserved to get the wickets as much as anyone.
“It hasn’t done much even with the new ball. It is just a matter of being patient for long, long periods of time and I thought we stuck at that task pretty well today. We are happy with the way we bowled and we are 170-0 and that’s a great position to be in going into tomorrow.
“You’ve just got to keep plugging away and the main thing is for us to have a really good first session tomorrow, keep building and not look too far ahead and see where we get come lunchtime in our last 30 overs and you never know.
“If we manage to get a slight lead, then we could put them under some pressure in the second innings.”
Hampshire v Essex (Arundel)
Essex 146/2 after Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl
Sir Alastair Cook smoothly reached his 182nd first-class half-century around the rain as Essex totted up the runs against Hampshire at Arundel.
Former England captain Cook appeared in little danger with his second fifty of the Bob Willis Trophy and ended the day on 75.
Only 47 overs were bowled on Sunday, after no play on the first day, as rain continued to frustrate the top two teams in the South Division.
After the entirety of the opening day was kyboshed by rain and a damp patch on the bowlers’ run-up at the Castle End of the ground, a toss was made 24 hours late.
Sam Northeast won it and elected to bowl first, and hope for a similar new ball burst to that which downed Surrey last week.
But that didn’t arrive as Paul Walter and Cook looked at ease against accurate but lifeless bowling – with the conditions not helping movement either in the air or off the pitch.
Walter rose to his audition as a first-team opener after being given to step in for the rested Nick Browne.
Walter, who has previously opened successfully in the second XI, was selected to replace the rested Nick Browne at the top of the order – on the back of scores of 33, 46, 33 and a watch winning 27 not out in the middle-order thus far in the Bob Willis Trophy.
The upgrade didn’t faze him, as he struck Brad Wheal through the covers in the third over.
Seven more offside boundaries followed, with only three of his 43 runs coming on the leg side, during an 83-run stand for the first wicket.
An early lunch was brought about by a heavy shower, with the afternoon session also washed out.
But 5pm saw the resumption of play, with 51 overs lost, and almost immediately lost Walter.
The left-handed batsman edged to a stooping Tom Alsop at first slip, with the third ball of the restart, to offer Ian Holland a breakthrough.
Around Walter, Cook had played the sort of innings which England supporters got used to watching in his 161 Test matches.
Where the innings lacked in glamour, it made up for in substance – as he struck six boundaries on his way to a 101-ball half-century.
Cook’s most aggressive period came when he twice pulled James Fuller to the boundary with perfect execution.
Mason Crane picked up his 12th wicket of the season when Tom Westley, following a 61-run stand with Cook, prodded behind to Lewis McManus with three overs left of the day.
Nightwatchman Jamie Porter guided Cook through to close without any further damage.
Middlesex v Sussex (Radlett)
Sussex 293 & 33-4 Middlesex 203
A devastating late spell from seamer Tim Murtagh fired Middlesex back into contention in their Bob Willis Trophy clash against Sussex at Radlett.
Murtagh grabbed three wickets, including two in two balls – with Miguel Cummins claiming the other – as Sussex crumbled to 4-4 in their second innings, eventually reaching 33-4 at stumps.
That left the visitors holding an overall advantage of 123 after bowling their hosts out for 203 earlier in the day, with teenage off-spinner Jack Carson returning career-best figures of 4-46.
Middlesex had slumped to 80-6 before John Simpson, debutant Blake Cullen and Cummins all rallied with the bat to keep their side within striking distance.
Ollie Robinson (2-56) and Mitch Claydon (3-23) soon had Middlesex on the back foot when the home side began their first innings, taking advantage of morning cloud cover to keep the scoring rate to a minimum.
Claydon sent down four consecutive maidens, while Robinson continued his persistent habit of taking Middlesex wickets as he trapped Sam Robson (2) leg before with his fifth ball of the day.
Max Holden and Nick Gubbins dug in to face a testing examination, with Holden scoring just a solitary run from his first 36 balls, but the opener seemed to have all the hard work behind him when he fell to Sussex debutant Will Sheffield.
The teenage left-armer had Holden (7) caught at first slip and Middlesex were in deeper trouble when skipper Stephen Eskinazi (3) was leg before to Robinson in the next over.
Two further lbw decisions went in Sussex’s favour before lunch – both accompanied by a whiff of controversy as Robbie White (7) fell to a ball from Claydon that looked high and wide and Gubbins (26) was given out to a Carson delivery which seemed to be drifting beyond leg stump.
Carson collected his second wicket early in the afternoon session – pinning Martin Andersson plumb lbw on the back foot after a breezy 17 – but Simpson and Cullen dug their side out of a hole with their seventh-wicket stand of 70.
The Middlesex pair went for their shots, particularly Simpson, who rattled off a string of fours – the best of them a straight drive off Delray Rawlins that raised the 50 partnership.
Simpson’s innings of 48 included nine fours overall before he was eventually dismissed by Claydon, bowling him with a quicker delivery that nipped back from outside off stump.
However, Cullen and Cummins maintained the Middlesex recovery with a spirited partnership of 51, either side of an hour’s delay following a downpour during the tea interval.
Cullen batted with a maturity well beyond his 18 years, occupying the crease for almost two and a half hours for a solid 34, while Cummins counter-attacked with three boundaries in his 25.
The pair secured a batting bonus point before Middlesex’s last three wickets tumbled in rapid succession, with Cullen leg before to Claydon and Carson collecting the scalps of Cummins and Murtagh (0) in the space of three deliveries.
That left Sussex to face an awkward period of 12 overs before the close – and Murtagh struck in the third of them, moving the ball back at Phil Salt (1) to bowl him through the gate.
Murtagh then trapped Harry Finch (2) plumb in front of the stumps and had Tom Clark taken at first slip off an outside edge for a first-ball duck before Cummins had Aaron Thomason lbw, also without scoring, in the next over.
The damage could have been even worse for Sussex, had Robson been able to hang on when Ben Brown offered a slip chance off Cummins – but the skipper (9*) and Delray Rawlins (19*) saw their side through to stumps.
Surrey v Kent (Kia Oval)
DAY 2 Close of Play: Surrey 239/7 v Kent 342
Ben Foakes, scoring a brilliant 88 not out after emerging from England’s bio-secure Test ‘bubble’, and Darren Stevens, still a remarkable threat with the ball four months into his 45th year, shared second day honours in the Bob Willis Trophy at the Kia Oval.
Foakes’ high-class effort, in his first first-class innings since last September, kept Surrey afloat at 239 for 7 in reply to Kent’s 342, but once again it was Stevens – with 3 for 27 from 18 overs, nine of which were maidens – who stood out even with impressive displays from his fellow seamers Matt Milnes and Harry Podmore.
Milnes produced the ball of the day to bowl Jamie Smith for 28, and he and Podmore both picked up two wickets, but it was Stevens who returned in the late afternoon sunshine to add the scalp of Rikki Clarke to two earlier strikes and make sure Kent stayed on top at the midway point of a fascinating contest.
Clarke had been hitting out strongly, with five fours in his 26-ball 30, but Stevens had him caught at second slip in the second over of his third spell after being reintroduced at 209 for 6 to bowl the 65th over of the innings.
The veteran had even gone past the edge of Foakes’ bat with his second delivery before beating Clarke with a magnificent leg-cutter two balls before the Surrey all-rounder became Stevens’ 16th victim of this Willis Trophy competition.
Foakes made 38 for Team Stokes against Team Buttler in early July, in the England Test squad’s warm-up game before their series against West Indies, but otherwise had not batted in the middle since early March when he was on tour with England in Sri Lanka.
It did not look like it, with the wicketkeeper-batsman hitting 14 fours and facing 145 balls on a day when Stevens dismissed Scott Borthwick and Will Jacks in a superb second spell of 8-6-8-2 as Surrey initially struggled to 83 for 4, before Foakes teamed up with Laurie Evans and then Sam Curran to add 52 and 46 for the fifth and sixth wickets.
Podmore had made an immediate breakthrough with the ball for Kent, having Mark Stoneman leg-before for 2 with the fourth ball of Surrey’s reply, but then Borthwick and Smith added 56 for the second wicket in largely comfortable style.
Smith, though, was bowled by Milnes in the eighth over after lunch with a ball which pitched on middle and off and took the top of off stump – while Stevens, wicketless in his five-over new ball spell, then returned to devastating effect in mid-afternoon.
His first ball, a short-pitched loosener wide of off stump, was thick-edged to Jordan Cox at first slip by a distraught Borthwick, who had to drag himself from the field after scoring 26, and Jacks had made just 5 when he drove loosely at a Stevens away-swinger and edged to Jack Leaning at second slip.
Foakes edged Stevens just short of second slip early in his innings, but otherwise – watched by England selector James Taylor – he defied his lack of cricket in recent months to bat with poise and real quality as the rest of Surrey’s top order fell away.
Evans made it to 18 before shouldering arms to Milnes and losing his off stump to a ball which nipped back off the seam, and Curran punched one fine straight four off Milnes before falling to a great piece of bowling by Podmore, who roared with delight after angling one across the left-handed England Test all-rounder to have him caught by keeper Ollie Robinson for 21 as he pushed defensively.
The second day had begun with Kent adding 47 runs in 55 minutes’ batting, with Milnes converting his overnight 22 into 43 – matching his previous best first-class score – before being last out.
Adam Finch, a 20-year-old fast bowler playing his second match for Surrey on a loan deal from Worcestershire, finished with 4 for 69 by having Milnes caught at deep mid wicket soon after ending a bright 25 from Nathan Gilchrist on first-class debut, caught behind by Foakes from an excellent leg-cutter. Milnes and Gilchrist had added a more-than-useful 41 for the ninth wicket.
Gilchrist edged a leg-cutter from Finch to keeper Foakes – having faced 53 balls, and hit five fours – and Milnes equalled the 43 he made for Nottinghamshire against Yorkshire in 2018 before pulling Finch to deep mid-wicket.
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