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Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 2 Round 5 September 6th – 9th

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All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 5 Day 2 of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.

 

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

 

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Lancashire v Derbyshire (Liverpool)  - Live Scores

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Lancashire 219 v Derbyshire 120-7 - Day Two - Close 

 

Derbyshire's chances of reaching the final of the Bob Willis Trophy are fading fast after Lancashire's inexperienced bowling attack had a day to remember at Aigburth.

Looking to secure a vital win, the North Group leaders endured a miserable time of it under Liverpool's leaden skies, losing seven wickets for just 120 as they attempted to chase down Lancashire's modest first innings total of 219.

A torrid morning session saw the visitors reduced to 17 for four following an explosive opening spell from Danny Lamb who celebrated his 25th birthday in style by taking three top order wickets.

Incredibly Lamb was the only one of Lancashire bowlers to make his first class debut before this current truncated season and the remainder of the day saw 19-year-old George Balderson and George Burrows, 22, both claim wickets as the Red Rose positioned themselves to spoil Derbyshire's party.

Resuming the day on 208 for eight, Lancashire added another 11 runs to their overnight score for the loss of Jack Morley (3) and Burrows (1) as former Red Rose player, Luis Reece, finished as the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers with figures of three for 54.

Not long after the modest total was looking a competitive one as Lamb set to work, with Reece edging behind for two to hand keeper George Lavelle his first first class dismissal.

Billy Godleman was next, snaffled at first slip by Keaton Jennings for six, with Leus du Plooy following soon after playing across to a straight ball without scoring.

Balderson completed a fine morning for the hosts when he trapped Madsen in front for four to leave Derbyshire going into the lunch break reflecting on a disastrous seven overs that has all but cost them this match.

Lancashire came out after an extended lunch interval due to rain full of confidence, but the hosts found themselves facing some stubborn resistance in the form of Matt Critchley and Fynn Hudson-Prentice who began to rebuild Derbyshire's innings with a degree of determined application.

The score had reached 44 when Critchley, who began his cricketing career as a Lancashire junior, was dismissed in bizarre fashion for 14, after ducking into a full toss from George Burrows and being adjudged lbw by umpire Graham Lloyd.

Less than four overs later, Hudson-Prentice departed too, brilliantly caught low at third slip by Tom Hartley off Balderson for 19.

Derbyshire's plight worsened when Anuj Dal edged one to Keaton Jennings at first slip for two to hand Balderson his third wicket and leave the visitors 71 for seven at tea.

Left arm spinner, Morley, making his first class debut, and Hartley, a relative veteran of four matches, twirled away after tea as Derbyshire recovered somewhat thanks to Harvey Hosein's unbeaten 44 and Mattie McKiernan's dogged 19 not out before play was halted for bad light just before the close of play at six o'clock.

 

Nottinghamshire v Durham (Trent Bridge) - Live Scores

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CLOSE – Durham 294 all out v Nottinghamshire 251-2

 

A scintillating century from Nottinghamshire’s Ben Duckett was the highlight on the second day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Durham at Trent Bridge.

The 25-year old remains unbeaten on 146 as Notts closed on 251 for two, with the left-hander adding an unbroken 186 for the third wicket with Joe Clarke, who will resume on 74 not out.

Despite three interruptions for rain and bad light Duckett played fluently throughout, square-cutting and driving imperiously to reach his 18th first class hundred from 153 balls, with 16 fours.

Durham’s first innings had ended on 294 during the morning session, with Zak Chappell taking four for 92 for the hosts.

The day also featured a significant milestone for Chris Rushworth, who has become only the third bowler to reach 500 first class wickets for Durham.

He struck with just his sixth delivery of the match to break an in-form opening pairing in typical fashion. In Nottinghamshire’s previous fixture in this competition Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed put on 200 for the first wicket against Leicestershire.

This time, they failed to negotiate the opening over as Slater fell lbw to Rushworth without scoring. The left-handed opener had started the day as the leading scorer in the Bob Willis Trophy, with 425 runs, but has now been overtaken by Worcestershire’s Jake Libby.

Either side of lunch Duckett and Haseeb Hameed resurrected the Nottinghamshire innings with a stand of 65, although Hameed had a life on 17 when he edged Raine behind but wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley put down the routine offering.

The former England international wasn’t so fortunate on 21 when he was smartly taken at third slip by Paul Coughlin, becoming Rushworth’s 500th victim in the process.

Rushworth joins Simon Brown and Graham Onions as the only other bowlers to hit that milestone for the county.

Duckett passed 6,000 first class runs when he reached 47 and moved to his half century soon afterwards, getting to the landmark from 87 deliveries, having hit seven boundaries.

An unwelcome mixture of light drizzle and bad light caused the second half of the afternoon session to be lost but the resumption found Durham guilty of two more dropped catches, as well as some indifferent ground-fielding.

Raine was again unfortunate when Clarke was spilled on 16, put down at slip by Sean Dickson and then the same batsman was reprieved when Alex Lees dropped him off Coughlin seven runs later.

Durham’s attack lacked variety, with five right-arm medium to medium-fast operators and the runs continued to flow for the home county, with Clarke reaching his 50 from 82 deliveries, with seven fours.

By the time of the final stoppage, with nine overs still remaining, the two batsmen had established a new third wicket record partnership in meetings between the two counties.

Earlier, the home county had needed just 40 minutes to take the final two wickets in Durham’s first innings.

They had resumed on 275 for eight, with Brydon Carse and Ben Raine having already added 48 for the ninth wicket. They were subjected to a barrage of short-pitched bowling from Zak Chappell and Jake Ball but added 19 more runs before they were separated.

Carse nicked Chappell off to second slip for 41, leaving the fast bowler to celebrate figures of four for 92.

Without further addition, Raine drove uppishly at Ball and picked out Peter Trego at midwicket for 31, leaving Rushworth undefeated.

Without a win in 26 first class matches Notts have reached the halfway position in this contest in a commanding position.

 

 

Yorkshire v Leicestershire (Headingley) - Live Scores

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CLOSE: Yorkshire 36-2 v Leicestershire 124

 

The second day of the final round Bob Willis Trophy clash between Yorkshire and Leicestershire was washed out without a ball bowled at Emerald Headingley.

Heavy morning rain forced an early lunch at 12.15pm before another burst meant the cancellation of a planned 2pm start. 

Umpires Peter Hartley and James Middlebrook later inspected in dry but gloomy conditions shortly after 4pm and deemed the outfield unplayable.

Only 60.3 overs have been bowled across the two days, with Yorkshire 36 for two in reply to Leicestershire’s first-innings 124.

That means that so far across the White Rose county’s three home games in the North Group, they have lost a little over 450 overs combined.

The delay in this fixture is more of a frustration for Yorkshire given their hopes of reaching the five-day Lord’s final remain alive.

Second in the North and five points behind Derbyshire prior to this fixture, they need to finish top of the group and then as one of the best two group winners from the North, Central and South to advance to the showpiece occasion, starting on September 23.

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Glamorgan v Warwickshire (Sophia Gardens)  - Live Scores

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Glamorgan(203) lead Warwickshire(186) by 17 runs

Glamorgan gained a slender first innings lead of 17 after another day where the seamers held centre stage, with Warwickshire opting to use their four quick bowlers throughout the innings. Billy Root emulated Ian Bell the previous day by holding the innings together and scoring a composed half century – he was undefeated on 51 from 100 balls when the innings ended.

Despite the loss of three overs and 35 overs in the afternoon session, the game has moved on and with two days remaining there is every chance of a positive outcome to this final game in the Bob Willis Trophy competition.

With the pitch still helping the seamers, Liam Norwell, the former Gloucestershire bowler, playing only his fifth championship game for the club after missing most of last season because of injury, took the first two wickets in a lively spell.

Joe Cooke was the first to go when he feathered a catch to the wicketkeeper, then nine runs later the night watchman Tim Van Der Gugten departed in similar fashion, although replays indicated  that there was some doubt whether there had been any contact.

At 29 for 3, the home team were in trouble but were rescued by Owen Morgan, playing his first championship game since July last year, and his captain Chris Cooke. They shared a 53 -run partnership for the fourth wicket before they were both out shortly before lunch.

Cooke got one from Will Rhodes that left him off the pitch to give Michael Burgess his third catch, then the same bowler bowled Morgan whose was late down on a full- length delivery that bowled him.

Billy Root and Callum Taylor the shared a useful stand of 33, but after hitting two boundaries in the previous over, Taylor was brilliantly held by Ian Bell at third slip, the fielder ending up on his back from an intended cut.

The Warwickshire seamers continued to test the batsmen by hitting the seam and getting movement off the pitch, but Root played every ball on its merit and while he was at the crease Glamorgan were in contention of gaining a first innings lead.

Dan Douthwaite became the seventh wicket to fall- he was bowled by Ryan Sidebottom after the batsman had been dropped the previous ball by Rhodes at mid-off while Tom Cullen was the next to go, also bowled by Sidebottom.

Any thoughts the visitors might have had of gaining a first innings lead were dashed by Root and Lukas Carey who has a first class fifty to his name. Carey alternated between defence with some powerful shots through the off- side to score a useful 23 before he was bowled by Rhodes.

Root brought up his fifty and a bonus point by hoisting Rhodes for six over mid-wicket before Hogan was bowled in the same over without scoring.

 

 

 

Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire (Bristol) - Live Scores

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Abandoned due to Covid-19 positive testing

 

Worcestershire v Somerset (Worcester) - Live Scores

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Somerset 251 and 16-1, Worcestershire 200

Leaders Somerset fought back strongly with the ball and took a major step towards sealing a Lord’s final spot after a dramatic Worcestershire collapse on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy Central Group encounter at Blackfinch New Road.

The home side were threatening to post a formidable total after reaching 123-1 shortly after the lunch interval in reply to Somerset’s 251 all out.

Worcestershire appeared to have seized the momentum thanks to another impressive performance from Jake Libby who scored his fourth fifty plus score in eight innings in the competition.

The former Nottinghamshire player is currently the leading scorer in the Trophy with 475 runs at an average of 59.37.

But then the tables were turned spectacularly after an afternoon break for rain as nine wickets tumbled for 77 runs in 20 runs post tea.

It was result of a mixture of fine bowling by the pace trio of Craig Overton, Josh Davey and Jack Brooks but also some distinctly average shot selection.

Somerset lost Ben Green – bowled by Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach for a duck – in reaching 16-1 before bad light ended play early.

They went into the game needing a maximum of 19 points to ensure their place in the final and the five bonus points already claimed means outright victory will seal a September 23 date.

Overton and Davey have a combined total of 47 wickets and an indication of the potency of Somerset’s attack is that Worcestershire’s total of 200 all out represents the highest conceded by them in four-day cricket this summer.

Worcestershire had scored 400 plus in three of their previous four matches but the clatter of wickets after again establishing a strong platform leaves them facing an uphill task particularly as Josh Tongue is unlikely to bowl after suffering a back spasm on the opening day.

Worcestershire resumed on 14-0 and there was still enough encouragement in the pitch for the seamers.

Daryl Mitchell and Libby played positively before the former on 31 was lbw to a Lewis Gregory delivery angled towards leg stump.

Spinner Jack Leach bowled tidily in his first competitive match for 10 months since being diagnosed with sepsis during England’s tour of New Zealand.

He was then was laid low with a calf tear before recovering sufficiently to be part of the Test squad for this summer’s series with the West Indies and Pakistan but without being selected.

Libby released his control by straight driving a six and four in the same over but was fortunate when edging a Brookes delivery right through the hands of Leach at first slip.

The 27-year-old reached his fourth fifty plus score in eight Trophy innings off 114 balls with one six and seven fours before the players left the field at 121-1 half an hour into the afternoon session.

It was on the resumption that the pendulum swung decisively in Somerset’s favour.

Tom Fell (26) was confronted by a Brookes delivery which shaped as if it was going to move away but went straight on and dislodged a bail as he shouldered arms.

Jack Haynes (4) lost his off stump to Gregory and Libby’s fine knock ended on 58 when he drove at Brookes and fell to a fine low catch by ex Worcestershire keeper Steve Davies.

Riki Wessels opted for an aggressive approach which paid handsome dividends as he struck Brookes for five authentic boundaries in the space of 15 deliveries

Brett D’Oliveira (8) was lbw to a ball angled into him from Overton and Wessels, having made 32 off 36 balls, went for a pull against the same bowler and fell to a fine catch at square leg by Ed Byrom.

Ed Barnard (0) was bowled aiming a blow on the leg side off Davey and Ben Cox (8) perished at third slip off Overton.

Joe Leach (6) nicked Davey to first slip and he claimed his third wicket by bowling Tongue (0).

 

 

 

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Essex v Middlesex (Chelmsford) - Live Scores

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Middlesex 138 & 123/6 lead Essex 236 by 25 runs

 

Aaron Beard toppled the Middlesex top order after Adam Wheater’s chanceless 83 not out put Essex on course for the Bob Willis Trophy final,

Fast bowler Beard took three wickets in 21 balls after tea to leave Middlesex with their backs against the wall at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

The visitors did tip-toe into a lead but having ended the day on 123 for six, a slender lead of 25, they’ll need an extraordinary effort from the tail to set Essex a tricky fourth-innings chase.

Earlier, Wheater posted a three-year high to give Essex a commanding first-innings lead of 98, as they pocketed four bonus points.

After 15 wickets had fallen on the opening day at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, batting seemed much easier for the most part on the day two.

Wheater used the friendlier conditions to his advantage with a mature innings, partnered well by Ryan ten Doeschate and Simon Harmer.

The home side’s morning, in which they lost just three wickets, was spoiled slightly by a back spasm suffered by ten Doeschate.

The Dutchman had seemingly run an innocuous single unharmed, but felt a problem while scratching out his guard.

He needed five minutes of treatment on the pitch before retiring hurt on 31, having put on 35 with Wheater.

Simon Harmer continued with Wheater and took Essex to a precious batting point.

It added to their three bowling points from the first day, and with Derbyshire’s batting woes, looks set to be the important point which will secure them a place at Lord’s later this month – if they win this match.

Wheater, who hasn’t scored a County Championship century since returning from a stint at Hampshire in 2016, cruised past a fifty in 76 balls.

He and all-rounder Harmer put on 72 before Harmer was lbw - the first of three quick wickets for Martin Andersson.

The fast bowler then had Aaron Beard and Sam Cook caught in the slips in the 62nd over to bring ten Doeschate back to the crease, albeit with Dan Lawrence as his runner.

The 40-year-old, who didn't field, added 12 more runs to his early tally before he departed to hand Andersson a fourth – Andersson returning figures of four for 38.

Jamie Porter was the final man to go, caught behind off Tim Murtagh (3-50), to leave Wheater stranded on his highest first-class county score since he reached 88 versus Somerset in August 2017.

All eyes were now on the Bob Willis Trophy’s leading wicket-taker Harmer and whether he could spin his usual magic.

Instead it was the seamers, in particular Beard, who took centre stage from the Hayes Close End with incessant line and length consistency.

Sam Cook was the first to pocket an early scalp as Sam Robson, on likely his final innings of the summer, pushed to Harmer at second slip.

Off-spinner Harmer, who was a threat throughout his 21 overs, picked up Nick Gubbins leg before on the cusp of tea.

Beard then entered the attack and found pace to accompany accuracy, demonstrated perfectly by sending Steve Eskinazi’s off-stump catapulting with a beautiful delivery which straightened.

Max Holden had provided a rear-guard with 37, which included a pulled six off Porter, but became Beard’s second victim when he also lost his off-peg.

Middlesex, still in arrears, were then 84 for five when a driving Andersson edged Beard to second slip.

John Simpson and former Essex loanee Robbie White took their side into the lead with a 38-run partnership.

But Harmer returned for a second spell to pin White leg-before to set up a likely three-day finish.

Kent v Hampshire (Canterbury) - Live Scores

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Hampshire 191 all out & 108/5, lead Kent 170 all out, by 129 runs at stumps

Some 13 wickets fell during an enthralling day as Kent and Hampshire battled for ascendancy on day two of their Willis Trophy south group clash in Canterbury.

Though Kent are well placed having reduced the visitors to 108 for five in their second innings, the errant hosts will be angered by six dropped catches – blunders that may yet allow Hampshire to wriggle free from the hook in this hard-fought game.    

Hampshire, batting again by 3.35pm, having banked a first-innings lead of 21 and with 40 overs remaining, lost Ian Holland to the 15th ball of their second innings, trapped leaden-footed and lbw on the crease by Harry Podmore.

Podmore celebrated in his next over by removing Tom Alsop. Aiming to work an in-swinger through the leg side, the left-hander was snaffled at third slip off a thick outside edge.

In the tea over, former Kent skipper Sam Northeast completed a miserable return to his old stomping ground by falling cheaply to Darren Stevens for the second time in the game. Working across the line of an off-cutter, Northeast departed leg before for two.

Two balls after the resumption, Felix Organ bagged a pair when his crab-like defensive push pegged back leg stump via an inside edge as Stevens claimed two in the over and Organ for the second time in as many days.

Joe Weatherley should have departed four balls later, but his edged prod against Podmore was downed by Zak Crawley at second slip - Kent’s fourth drop of the game. Two runs on, Crawley made amends, hanging on to a low edge from Weatherley off a Podmore out-swinger.

Kent’s cordon grassed a fifth chance when Jack Leaning spilled a Lewis McManus tickle at third slip off the bowling of Grant Stewart.

McManus, who was dropped on 14, watched as his partner Tom Scriven was given a life on 36 as Crawley downed another tough, low chance at second slip off Stevens allowing Hampshire’s sixth-wicket pair to add an unbroken 85 through to stumps – comfortably the highest stand of the match to date.

Resuming on their parlous overnight score of 21 for two, Kent’s seemingly powerful batting line-up proceeded to make a hash of their response losing new Test star, Crawley, to the first ball of the morning.

Driving at a full-length off cutter from Scott Currie, Crawley was sent packing lbw by umpire Billy Taylor for an eight-ball duck, then Night watchman Matt Milnes followed, caught and bowled by Currie following a top-edged pull.    

Though the occasional delivery misbehaved off the pitch, Kent’s fifth-wicket partners Heino Kuhn and Leaning maintained positive intent. Dispatching anything loose, they added 34 until Leaning sparred at a Scriven out-swinger and nicked to the keeper.

Hampshire’s astute medium-pacers Holland and Scriven excelled in tandem, and the latter squared up Oli Robinson with one that lifted, left and took the edge for a looping catch to second slip as Kent lunched on 101 for six.

Kuhn, solid for his 34 runs, drove rashly on the up to be caught at extra cover off Brad Wheal then Stevens, making a rare appearance at No9 in Kent’s order, fell for an eight-ball duck.

Wheal enticed Grant Stewart to pull a bouncer straight to square leg, bringing together Marcus O’Riordan and Podmore for Kent’s best partnership.

Last man Podmore hit out lustily while O’Riordan played each ball on its merits in a stand worth 47 off 62 balls. Their fun ended with the total on 170 when Mason Crane’s top-spinner snared top-scorer O’Riordan (37) lbw, leaving Podmore unbowed on 30.

Currie returned three for 42 on Willis Trophy debut, while Wheal, Holland and Scriven bagged two apiece.

Surrey v Sussex (Oval) - Live Scores

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DAY 2 – STUMPS: Surrey 171/4 v Sussex 415 

Rory Burns reached his first hundred of the Covid-shortened 2020 summer but a late break for bad light triggered a dramatic finale to day two as Surrey lost three wickets in three overs and Sussex wrested back control of their Bob Willis Trophy match at the Kia Oval.

Nineteen-year-old off spinner Jack Carson had Burns leg-before for a sparkling 103 with the first ball following a 25-minute interruption, and in the next over 18-year-old paceman Henry Crocombe sent back Jamie Smith and nightwatchman Adam Finch for ducks in successive balls. Smith was bowled, shouldering arms, and Finch pinned leg-before.

Ben Foakes just about dug out Crocombe’s hat-trick ball and, with Hashim Amla on 6, Surrey will resume tomorrow on 171 for 4 in reply to Sussex’s 415.

But those three wickets for just two runs in fifteen minutes of mayhem has potentially changed the course of the game and Surrey’s twilight problems were only brought to an end at 6.10pm when umpires Neil Bainton and Ben Debenham again took the players off for more bad light with 10 overs still technically remaining in the day’s allocation.

Before the late drama, Scott Borthwick had made a circumspect 50, from 121 balls, as he and Burns added 164 for the first wicket until the former Durham left-hander was leg-before to Carson, who with fellow teenager Crocombe were by far the pick of Sussex’s attack.

Having reached 37 not out in 21 overs before tea, Burns led an impressive acceleration in the final session to show that rapid scoring could indeed be achieved despite a slow and soporific surface.

His hundred, in his first red-ball innings for Surrey this season, took 111 balls and the England Test opener struck 15 fours. He and Borthwick added 108 in 18.3 overs after tea, before Carson parted them.

It was Burns’ 19th first-class century, two of which have come for England, and – back captaining Surrey in this match – he was clearly determined to take the match by the scruff of its neck after two months largely spent playing six Tests from inside England’s bio-secure bubble.

The left-hander was also no doubt hungry for runs. Burns scored only 20 runs in four innings during the Pakistan Test series, although he did make 57 and 90 in the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford at the end of July and 234 runs from five innings in that earlier series.

Here, his hard-won Test stature was fully evident as he used his feet to the spinners and also effortlessly outscored Borthwick after safely negotiating a testing new ball spell of 5-2-6-0 from Crocombe – who almost yorked Borthwick with one eye-catching delivery – and then an initial, pre-tea spell of six overs from Carson that cost just four runs.

Burns’ one false stroke was a top-edged hook at a George Garton bouncer which flew high over keeper Ben Brown for four to take him to 77, but he was prolific off his pads and quick on anything short.

Earlier, only late hitting from David Wiese and No 10 Carson had managed to haul Sussex’s run rate above three per over after they began day two on 239 for 3.

Wiese’s 47-ball 57 also made sure Sussex banked four batting bonus points and featured three sixes and six fours – the best of those strikes an almost contemptuous checked straight drive off Dan Moriarty’s left-arm spin which brought the former South Africa all-rounder his first six.

And Carson contributed two lusty legside sixes off Moriarty in his 21 before being last out, caught at deep mid wicket with just nine balls of the 120-over first innings limit remaining.

Moriarty, although expensive, took the last three Sussex wickets – with Wiese, taken in the deep and Stuart Meaker, bowled for 12 having a mow from down the pitch, also falling to him after lunch – to finish with 5 for 154.

Off spinner Amar Virdi’s 3 for 80 from 32 overs was a worthy effort, and fast bowler James Taylor impressed in a second new ball spell of 2 for 21 in which he removed 16-year-old James Coles, Sussex’s youngest first-class debutant, for 11 and Sussex captain Brown for a well-made 51.

Brown, who hit seven fours after resuming on 9, was caught behind off a Taylor leg-cutter after providing most of Sussex’s forward momentum following the early loss of first day century-maker Tom Haines, leg-before to Virdi for 117.

Moriarty skidded one out of the footholds into Garton’s pads to have him lbw for 12 as lunch approached, but at least Wiese and Carson hit out productively in a ninth wicket alliance of 53 in little more than six overs.

 

 

 

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