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Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 3 Round 4 August 22nd - 25th

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All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 4 Day 3 August 22th - 25th of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.

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Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire (Leicester)

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Leicester: Day Three: close of play: Leicestershire 222 and 143-3 Notts 343-8 dec

Captain Colin Ackermann led Leicestershire's resistance after Nottinghamshire looked to complete a quick victory by declaring at lunch on the third day of the Bob Willis Trophy match at the Fischer County Ground.

Ackermann finished the day unbeaten on 58, the South African's fourth half-century in eight innings in the competition this season, as the Foxes finished the day leading by 22 runs with seven second innings wickets intact.

A day of contrasting cricket began with an exciting and at times chaotic morning session during which Notts hit 122 runs but lost six wickets before declaring with a lead of 121.

Resuming on 221-2, the visitors lost a wicket to the second ball of the day, Joe Clarke top-edging a pull at a short ball from Ben Mike and skying a catch to Gavin Griffiths, moving to his left at mid-on.

Ben Duckett looked in good touch in moving to 37 but he too was dismissed pulling at Mike, Harry Dearden making a tough catch look simple as he ran along the boundary from midwicket to square leg.

Mullaney, on 18, became Mike's third victim of the morning when he bottom-edged a pull at a delivery that didn't get up into his stumps.

Tom Taylor took the new ball and his first delivery with it cut back to bowl Samit Patel for 13, but his sixth was hit out of the ground, lofted high over square leg by Trego. Tom Moores came and went quickly, losing his off-stump to a Griffiths yorker, but Trego was joined by Lyndon James.

The young right-handed all-rounder, who opens the batting for Notts second team, showed he could hit the ball just as far as Trego, clearing the stanbds with a leg-side hit that bounced out of the ground and into a shop.

James was on 36 when Trego top-edged Griffiths and was caught at third man, prompting Mullaney, conscious of the bad weather currently forecast for the final day, to declare.

Foxes opener Hassan Azad, who earlier in the day signed a contract extension keeping him at the Fischer County Ground until the end of 2022, edged a catch behind off the bowling of Peter Trego for 6, and Harry Dearden, having been fortunate to be dropped at second slip off Trego when on just 4, went leg before on the back foot to Steven Mullaney for 16.

Sam Evans dug in, however, batting through the afternoon session for 24, and he continued to bat obdurately after tea, reaching 48 and adding 93 for the third wicket with Ackermann before an inside edge of the pad gave short leg a catch off Patel's left-arm spin.

Yorkshire v Lancashire (Emerald Headingley)

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Yorkshire 260 v Lancashire 195-5

 

Adam Lyth completed his first century across all formats since September 2018 before Lancashire’s response to Yorkshire’s first-innings 260 was mixed on day three at Emerald Headingley.

This penultimate round Bob Willis Trophy North Group fixture is heading for a weather-affected draw given 122 overs were lost to rain on days one and two and the likelihood of play on day four is minimal due to an adverse forecast.

Should the poor final day forecast prove incorrect, it could be that a contrived result occurs. But accruing bonus points was the objective during the third day. 

For that reason, it was somewhat of a surprise to see Lancashire show little intent to pass 200 for a first batting point as they closed on 195 for five from 69 overs.

Second-placed Yorkshire - two points behind leaders Derbyshire prior to this fixture - are still in the thick of the race to finish top of the North and secure a Lord’s final place. 

Lancashire, meanwhile, are all but out of the running given they were third and 22 points off the pace.

Both sides have claimed three bonus points apiece.

Lyth’s wait for a first-class century stretches back 20 matches and almost two years, although this was his fourth career Roses first-class ton.

He started the day on 86 with Yorkshire 178 for six from 66 overs of their first innings.

In completing a 55-run stand with fledgling all-rounder George Hill, he moved to his long awaited century off 218 balls with back-to-back boundaries off Danny Lamb’s seamers.

Lamb completed career best figures of four for 55 in bowling Yorkshire out before lunch, bowling Hill for a composed 29 in his second game and getting Steve Patterson caught at first slip.

Lyth was the first morning departure when he edged a loose drive at Tom Bailey to first slip - 219 for seven in the 80th over.

Lamb then bowled Hill in the 81st and got Patterson four overs later, leaving the White Rose at 234 for nine and bringing about a nervy pursuit of a second batting bonus point for reaching 250.

But South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier eased any concerns with an unbeaten 20 before George Balderson wrapped up the innings within the final half hour of the morning - the 93rd over of the innings - by trapping Jared Warner lbw. 

Through the majority of the afternoon, Lancashire openers Alex Davies, who top-scored with 73, and Keaton Jennings took advantage of the easiest batting conditions of the match to share their second successive century opening partnership having closed out last week’s draw at Nottinghamshire with 120 in the second innings.

Their 104-run partnership in 34 overs was dominated by Davies, though both men drove handsomely.

Davies reached his third fifty of the competition off 73 balls and later moved to 4,000 first-class career runs upon reaching 56.

Yorkshire then hit back impressively either side of tea with a trio of wickets in six overs as their rivals slipped to 112 for three in the 41st.

Jennings was first to go for 23, trapped lbw sweeping at Lyth’s part-time off-spin before pacy Warner - on loan at Sussex last year - picked up his maiden first-class wicket for Yorkshire.

Josh Bohannon, edging behind, was the man to fall before metronomic home skipper Patterson (one for 23 from 19) had Davies lbw playing to leg.

Hill was made to wait for his maiden first-class wicket in his second game, with Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore missing difficult chances in the slips off his seamers.

But he struck late in the day as Lancashire, following a 65-run stand between Dane Vilas (41) and Rob Jones (21), lost both men to successive deliveries, slipping to 177 for five in the 61st over.

Olivier trapped Vilas lbw with one that kept low before Jones was caught behind driving at a delighted - and relieved - Hill.

Derbyshire v Durham (Riverside)

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Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (Northampton)

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 Glamorgan avoided complete humiliation but were still on the verge of a shellacking by tea on the third day at Wantage Road, leading Northamptonshire by only 38 at 111 for 8.

Beginning their second innings 73 behind, they slipped to 16 for 5 and their lowest total against Northamptonshire of 54 was in danger until Dan Douthwaite hit out. 

At 60 for 8 an innings defeat was still possible but Marchant de Lange swung hard and successfully and the pair added a half-century stand in just 21 balls.

But the second rampage of the match again only masked the incapability of Glamorgan’s batsmen to survive for long against probing bowling.

Somerset v Gloucestershire (Taunton)

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Somerset 237 & 223/1 dec v Gloucestershire 76 & 63/8 

 

Craig Overton and Josh Davey continued to wreak havoc with Gloucestershire’s batting as Somerset were defied by the weather on the third day of the Bob Willis Trophy match at the Cooper Associates Ground, Taunton. 

What little play there was saw the visitors stumble from 14 for three at the start of play to 63 for eight, chasing an unlikely 385 to win. 

Overton and Davey ended the day with identical figures of four for 25 and their team were clearly unhappy when umpires Ian Blackwell and Paul Baldwin deemed the light too pour to continue with a possible five overs remaining. 

While the Gloucestershire batsmen made for the sanctuary of the pavilion, Somerset’s fielders remained on the outfield and head coach Jason Kerr stood in lengthy conversation with the umpires

Clearly concerned that more rain is forecast tomorrow, Kerr and his players were desperate to complete victory, having been denied an almost certain win by the elements in their previous group match against Warwickshire. 

Heavy overnight rain followed by showers meant no play before tea. When the players finally emerged from the dressing rooms at 4pm, Somerset had a potential 39.4 overs to clinch victory with a day to spare. 

But at 5.25pm the rain returned, with Gloucestershire 61 for six, and a further ten overs were lost. When play restarted at 6.05pm, only eight remained in the day. 

With three of them bowled and with the floodlights on, the umpires made the ruling on the light to complete a day of intense frustration for Somerset. 

Craig Overton had made the first breakthrough of the day, comprehensively beating George Hankins’ defensive shot and uprooting two of his stumps in the first full over to make the score 23 for four. 

Ryan Higgins confidently off-drove his first delivery for four and then top-edged a six over third-man off Overton, but soon it was 49 for five as Graeme van Buuren’s loose shot saw him caught behind off Davey. 

Gareth Roderick failed to trouble the scorers, carelessly chipping a catch to Eddie Byrom at mid-wicket off Davey and at 49 for six, a three-day finish looked in prospect. 

But the former Middlesex pairing of Higgins and George Scott survived for eight overs as Jamie Overton and Jack Brooks took up the attack. 

After 40 minutes more were lost to rain, Craig Overton struck with the sixth delivery of the resumption, pinning Higgins lbw for 21. 

But soon the light was not considered good enough to continue and Somerset will be praying overnight that there is sufficient play tomorrow to complete a dominant performance. 

Worcestershire v Warwickshire (Worcester)

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Day 3 Close of Play: Warwickshire 355-9 and 68-0; Worcestershire 410-7

 

Daryl Mitchell completed his first century against visiting Warwickshire in first class cricket as Worcestershire secured four batting points to boost their hopes of qualifying from the Bob Willis Trophy Central Group.

The veteran opener has now scored first class hundreds for Worcestershire against all other counties except Surrey as his side eked out a first innings lead of 55 with their third 400 plus score in four matches in the competition.

Their solid performances with the bat have been in stark contrast to their failings with the bat in the County Championship last season.

Only once did they top 400 – in the opening game against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground – and this was another indication that the extra work put in during the winter to improve at red ball cricket is paying dividends.

Half centuries from Jack Haynes and Tom Fell plus late momentum provided by Ben Cox and Ed Barnard built on the efforts of Mitchell and fellow opener Jake Libby and enabled Worcestershire, who are vying with Somerset for top spot, to total 410-7 in their 120 overs.

Warwickshire paceman Oliver Hannon-Dalby was rewarded for his persistence on a slow pitch still offering little encouragement for the bowlers with three wickets.

The visitors made a solid start to their reply with openers Will Rhodes – a double century-maker in the first innings - and Rob Yates putting on an unbroken 68 either side of a short break for bad light.

With heavy rain forecast tomorrow, the likeliest outcome would appear to be a draw but the 13 points Worcestershire would accrue should that be the case would keep them well in contention – with Somerset due to visit Blackfinch New Road for the final group game on September 6.

Worcestershire resumed on 170 and only seven runs had been added in six overs when Hannon-Dalby made a breakthrough courtesy of a superb catch by Tim Bresnan.

Jake Libby on 84 got a thick edge and Bresnan at slip held onto the chance at full stretch one-handed away to his right.

The former Nottinghamshire player had batted for nearly four hours and struck seven fours in his 189 ball knock.

His tally of 417 runs in the competition has only been surpassed by Ben Slater (Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire).

A single to third man off Craig Miles took Mitchell to three figures from 223 deliveries with 12 boundaries. It was his 37th first class hundred for the County since making his debut 15 years ago.

The 35-year-old advanced to 110 before he drove Miles to cover point where Rob Yates held another sharp catch with the total 214-2.

Fell, fresh from his first hundred in five years at Northampton last week, and Jack Haynes upped the tempo during a stand of 89 in only 23 overs.

Haynes gave another demonstration of his potential with some powerful strokes and Fell went down the wicket to Alex Thomson to bring up the 250 and a second batting point with a lofted straight drive.

A single off Thomson took Haynes to his half century from 77 balls – a rapid effort in the context of the game – with seven fours before on 51 he was caught at deep mid-off from the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom.

Fell completed a 96 ball half-century with seven fours before he was yorked by Hannon-Dalby who in the same over bowled Riki Wessels (0) via an inside edge.

Brett D’Oliveira (15) was lbw to Bresnan for 15 at 325-6 but Cox and Barnard ensured a fourth batting point was secured in a stand of 82 in 14 overs.

Cox continued the run of important late order contributions he has made this summer in racing to 43 off 51 balls before he was lbw to Will Rhodes in the final over of the innings to leave Barnard unbeaten on 29.

Hannon-Dalby’s final figures of 26-9-70-3 were well deserved for his perseverance which mirrored that of Charlie Morris (23-3-80-5) for Worcestershire.

Rhodes (42 not out) and Yates (21 not out) experienced few problems in the 23 overs possible in Warwickshire’s second innings as they wiped out their side’s first innings deficit and earned a lead of 13.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hampshire v Essex (Arundel)

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Essex 249/3 after Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl

 

Sir Alastair Cook continued to write himself into English cricket’s mythology but rain looks set to force Essex and Hampshire towards a draw.

Former England captain Cook now has 66 first-class hundreds, having struck a near-flawless three figures at Arundel, before reaching his 24,000th run in first-class cricket – something only 146 men have done beforehand.

He ended on unbeaten 129, with Essex on 249 for three, with play concluding at lunch due to torrential rain making an already wet outfield sodden.

No play was able to be played on the first day, before just 47 overs on the second, another 32 overs were added to the tally on Monday – but with a terrible forecast for the final day, Essex’s 100 per cent record in the Bob Willis Trophy appears unlikely to remain.

Nightwatchman Jamie Porter managed to survive 13 morning overs before he was lbw to Ryan Stevenson for eight.

But after that, it was a case of England past and England future, as Dan Lawrence joined Cook met in the middle.

Lawrence, who was a reserve in England’s Test side this summer, has returned to his county in fine form – with a 60 against Sussex last week.

Further west down the Sussex coastline, he continued that form with a typically stylish 37 not out – which included a lovely straight six off Mason Crane.

Lawrence did ride his luck as he was twice close to being run out at the non-striker’s end while backing up.

Cook used his perfected arsenal of shots, mostly square either side of the wicket, to reach a 180-ball ton with a classic push to midwicket.

Cook is the active player with the most runs in world cricket and moved to another milestone when a single on the cusp of lunch he became the 148th player to reach 24,000 runs.

His next target on the all-time run-scoring list in red ball cricket is Australian legend Steve Waugh – who he needs another 52 to equal.

Cook was unable to add to his count, and Essex stuck a run away from a second batting point, as heavy rain put pay to any chance of returning to the wicket – with play officially abandoned at 5.35pm after a series of inspections.

Middlesex v Sussex (Radlett)

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Sussex 293 & 102

Middlesex 203 & 193-5

Middlesex 20pts beat Sussex 5pts by 5 wickets

 

John Simpson and Martin Andersson emerged the heroes for Middlesex as they won a thrilling Bob Willis Trophy encounter against visitors Sussex by five wickets at Radlett.

The redoubtable wicketkeeper and young all-rounder shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 63 to see the hosts to a winning target of 193 in the dying embers of a fluctuating day.

Ollie Robinson (4-50) including a spell of 3-3 in 10 balls had threatened to be the scourge of Middlesex once more, but they were left to rue dropping catches at slip to reprieve both Andersson (27 not out) and Simpson (32 not out) in the dramatic finale.

Earlier in the day, Middlesex stalwart Tim Murtagh (5-34) recorded his 37th 5-wicket haul in first-class cricket as Sussex were hustled out for 102 in their second innings.

Andersson took 3-21 in the collapse, while Simpson held four catches behind the stumps.

Sussex began the day 33-4 in their second innings, a lead of 123, and not out batsmen skipper Ben Brown and Delray Rawlins rapidly increased the advantage with a flurry of early boundaries.

But Murtagh ended the revelry with one which stopped in the pitch causing Rawlins to lob the ball back to the bowler off the leading edge.

Murtagh completed his latest five-wicket haul soon afterwards when Tom Haines edged to Simpson and when Robinson was spectacularly caught by the wicketkeeper down the leg-side, Sussex were 74-7.

It might have been worse had a huge shout for LBW against Jack Carson been upheld when the spinner had made just two, an inside edge presumably saving him from being stone dead.

Brown’s nine fours ensured the visitors scraped their way past 100, but he was one of Andersson’s three victims while Miguel Cummins took 2-45.

Middlesex, needing 193 for victory had two overs to survive before lunch and knocked 17 off that total thanks to a fluent start from Max Holden.

The left-hander and fellow opener Sam Robson continued to accumulate after the break in contrasting fashions.

Holden played nicely, striking five fours, while Robson hung in in somewhat scratchy fashion against probing bowling from Robinson and Mitch Claydon.

The partnership had realised 48 when a game within a game began with Robinson the central character.

The seamer, whose career-best 8-34 Came against Middlesex last season struck Robson near the boot with the former England man playing no shot.

The appeal was huge, but not answered in the affirmative, following which Robinson appeared to make a TV replay gesture. That provoked a meeting between the umpires and skipper Brown and Robinson were spoken too.

A no-ball, one of several from Robinson, only served to get him ticking all the more, but his response was magnificent.

The third ball of his next over lifted on Holden, who appeared to glove it behind. The former England U-19 captain left shaking his head, whether in disappointment at his shot or the verdict was unclear.

One ball later in-form Nick Gubbins joined him after also nicking through to Brown and although Stevie Eskinazi kept out the hat-trick ball Robinson produced a brute of a delivery in the next over which Robson could only fend to Tom Clark at third slip.

Robbie White joined Eskinazi and the two rebuilt either side of a tea interval brought forward by a rain delay, adding 73 before part-time medium pacer Haines made what looked a vital incision trapping White LBW for 35 with 63 still needed.

Before that wicket Robinson had looked weary, but revitalised he trapped Eskinazi (26) to raise Sussex’s hopes once more. It was the 44th wicket claimed by Robinson against the Seaxes in their last five meetings.

It could have proved decisive if Phil Salt had held on to a slip catch offered by Andersson when he’d made just nine, while Finch grassed another nick from Simpson with 25 needed, but Middlesex made it home. 

 

Surrey v Kent (Kia Oval)

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DAY 3 - STUMPS: Kent 342 & 118/9 v Surrey 278

Rikki Clarke took three wickets for just one run in his first three overs, and 5 for 13 overall in an outstanding and dramatic afternoon spell, to bowl Surrey back into their Bob Willis Trophy clash with Kent at the Kia Oval.

At 118 for 9 in their second innings, Kent lead by 182, but the third day of a fascinating contest was turned completely on its head by veteran all-rounder Clarke – with help from Sam Curran and Matt Dunn – and Surrey will now fancy their own chances of a first win the competition, following three defeats in their first three games.

Clarke, who will be 39 at the end of next month, had final figures of 12-7-15-5, while Curran took 3 for 35 as Kent collapsed initially from 63 for 1 to 69 for 5 in mid-afternoon, and then again from 100 for 5 after a mini-recovery was staged by Grant Stewart, who hit Dunn for two lovely off driven fours, and Marcus O’Riordan.

By tea Kent had slid to a shell-shocked 102 for 8, and after a short rain shower delay Curran had Matt Milnes leg-before for 7 with a superb inswinger. Rain, however, then returned and allowed just 5.1 overs to be bowled after the tea interval. Kent will start the final day with both Nathan Gilchrist and Hamidullah Qadri, the last pair, on 4.

The drama of the third innings began with Kent’s acting captain Daniel Bell-Drummond scoring his side’s first 18 runs before Curran, operating from around the wicket, skidded one into his pads to have him leg-before during a morning session which began with Surrey bowled out for 278 after resuming their first innings on 239 for 7.

Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning took Kent to 35 for 1 at lunch and went on to add 45 for the second wicket before Clarke came into the attack to such devastating effect.

Leaning was Clarke’s first victim, leg-before for 14, and then Ollie Robinson was bowled third ball for 0 shouldering arms to a nip-backer. Cox was bowled off an inside edge for a composed 32 in Clarke’s next over and Darren Stevens thick-edged an attempted offside force at Dunn to Scott Borthwick at second slip to go for a fourth-ball 0 when more circumspection was needed.

Then, shortly before tea, Clarke struck twice more – with the first ball of his ninth over to have Stewart leg-before for 22, and then with the fourth ball of his tenth over as Harry Podmore edged to Will Jacks at second slip to go for 2.

In between those two strikes, moreover, which gave Clarke figures of 9.4-5-13-5 at the interval, Curran had O’Riordan caught low down at first slip by Clarke – who else? – with the 22-year-old departing for an obdurate but never permanent-looking 9.

The result of the seven-wicket session was a total transformation of the match situation, with Surrey and not Kent now looking at forcing a win in this south group fixture. It was also a remarkable intervention by Clarke, who was reportedly carrying an injury niggle into this game and only made a late decision to play.

Earlier in the day, Ben Foakes’ first county red-ball hundred since 2017 could not prevent Kent from earning themselves a first innings lead of 64.

Foakes, on 88 overnight, was last out for 118 as it took Kent 17.4 overs to finish Surrey off, with the last two wickets falling in the first two overs with the second new ball.

Adam Finch added just a single before being pinned in front by Podmore for 10, in the morning’s sixth over, but Foakes went to the tenth first-class hundred of his career with a sweetly-timed cover boundary off Stevens, and he also punched Podmore straight for his 17th four before Milnes and Stewart wrapped up the innings in successive overs.

Milnes, with the fourth ball with the second new ball, had Dunn leg-before for 8 and Foakes, having faced 188 balls and batted for just short of five hours, tried to run a short ball from Stewart to third man and edged to Cox at slip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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