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Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 3 Round 5 September 6th – 9th

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All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 5 Day 3 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 & 312-6 v Derbyshire 195 - Day Three - Close 

 

An opening stand of 138 between Alex Davies and Keaton Jennings allowed Lancashire to take control of this last Bob Willis Trophy group game after Derbyshire's hopes of reaching the final all but disappeared on a frantic day for the statisticians.

The Red Rose openers dominated the afternoon at Aigburth reaching their century partnership in the 20th over of Lancashire's second innings when Jennings lofted a six over Matt Critchley's head.

Davies was the main aggressor, hitting four boundaries off one Dustin Melton over, before driving straight to Anuj Dal off Critchley for 86.

Jennings eased his way to his own half-century off 102 balls and he and Josh Bohannon had taken Lancashire beyond 200 when the England opener toe-ended a reverse sweep straight to Billy Godleman at midwicket for 81.

But the real drama of the day occurred in the morning session as Derbyshire staged a dramatic recovery in their quest to make 200 and gain a batting bonus point on their way to registering the win which would take them to Lord's.

At 17 for four and 61 for seven it looked an unlikely prospect, until a brilliant eighth wicket stand of 102 between Harvey Hosein and Mattie McKiernen took the visitors to 163 and within sight of their improbable target.

It was not to be. McKiernen fell lbw to George Burrows for 31, before the heroic Hosein became teenage spinner Jack Morley's maiden first class victim when he feathered one behind for an outstanding 84 off 226 balls.

That bought the last pair of Sam Conners and Dustin Melton to the crease with a huge six from the latter off Danny Lamb raising hopes that the impossible was possible.

17 precious runs were compiled for the tenth wicket with the score on 195 when Melton went for one shot too many and was bowled by Lamb who finished with four for 60.

Derbyshire's heroic failure overshadowed the remainder of the day with the general agreement being that a win coupled with the bonus point was essential to the visitor's chances of qualifying until news filtered through that due to the abandonment of Gloucestershire's game with Northants, qualifying would be decided on net run rate rather than wins in the competition meaning Essex were not yet guaranteed the final place they thought was confirmed. Confused? So was everyone.

This all meant nothing to the Lancashire batsmen of course as they looked to score quick runs before the close with varying degrees of success.

Rob Jones was caught at first slip by Madsen off Critchley for five followed by Bohannon who edged to the same fielder off Luis Reece for 35.

When Dane Vilas drove Critchley to Reece at mid on for 10, to hand the spinner his fourth wicket of the innings, Lancashire had suddenly lost three wickets for 16 runs and Derbyshire's faint hopes of victory remained.

There was still time for debutant George Lavelle to be trapped in front by Reece for seven but with teenager George Balderson (56no) scoring a maiden half-century and Lamb (16no) taking Lancashire to a lead of 336 by the close it remains a huge if not impossible ask.

 

 

Nottinghamshire v Durham (Trent Bridge) - Live Scores

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Durham 294 all out & 131-2 v Nottinghamshire 422 all out 

 

Despite centuries from Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke, Nottinghamshire still have work to do if they are to end county cricket’s most unwanted record.

Without a first-class victory since June 2018 Notts will go into the final day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Durham at Trent Bridge looking for early wickets.

The visitors closed on 131 for two in their second innings, an overall lead of just three runs, after the home county had been dismissed for 422, earlier in the day.

Duckett only added four runs to his overnight score before being dismissed for 150, with Clarke going on to contribute 133 as Nottinghamshire reached maximum batting points before being bowled out in 101 overs.

The hosts’ first innings advantage of 128 would have been significantly greater but for an heroic effort from Chris Rushworth, who took seven for 108.

Neither Duckett nor Clarke have experienced a single red ball victory between them in Nottinghamshire colours since moving from Northamptonshire – and Worcestershire – respectively.

Both though are finding their best form at this belated stage of the shortened season.

Duckett had done his best work on the second day and fell at the start of the third, shortly after reaching his 150 from 208 balls, with 23 fours.

His dismissal ended a stand of 195 with Clarke, who survived being dropped twice in reaching his 17th first-class hundred from 154 balls, with 13 boundaries.

Durham’s catching frailties also gifted Steven Mullaney a couple of lives, as Paul Coughlin twice spilled the Nottinghamshire captain at third slip.

Mullaney’s good fortune eventually ran out on 41 when he shouldered arms to Chris Rushworth and lost his off stump.

Samit Patel came and went cheaply, pinned lbw in his crease by Brydon Carse but Tom Moores was able to stick around with Clarke in a hard-hitting stand of 75.

The second new ball altered the complexion of the day as Nottinghamshire’s last five wickets went down for only 15 runs, in 3.5 overs.

Rushworth started the collapse, having Clarke caught at slip before dismissing Peter Trego in the same over to collect his 26th five-wicket haul

Ben Raine celebrated enthusiastically when he gained a positive lbw verdict against Moores, leaving Rushworth to quickly send back Matt Carter and Jake Ball.

Sean Dickson and Alex Lees put on 67 as Durham began their second innings, before Trego sent back Lees for 27.

Dickson’s seven previous innings for his new county had mustered only 41 runs but he more than doubled that in reaching a half century from 106 deliveries.

He advanced to 56 and brought the scores level before being bowled by a beauty from Patel that turned sharply to clip the off peg.

Michael Jones, with a highest career score of 39 not out, will begin the final day alongside nightwatchman Rushworth, whose bowling exploits clearly weren’t enough for one day.

 

Yorkshire v Leicestershire (Headingley) - Live Scores

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Yorkshire 252 v Leicestershire 124 and 78-5

Yorkshire are closing in on a resounding Bob Willis Trophy victory over Leicestershire at Emerald Headingley, but it will not be enough for them to reach the Lord’s final later this month.

The White Rose county’s fate was sealed just before tea on day three when they failed to reach 400 in their first-innings reply to Leicester’s 124 - bowled out for 252.

They needed to post 400 in order to give themselves a chance to reach 90 points in the North Group, a mark that is likely to secure a place at Lord’s later this month.

Leicester then closed on 78 for five from 26 second-innings overs (16 were lost at the end of the day to bad light), and victory here could still see the hosts top the North table. 

But the Lord’s finalists will be Essex from the South and either Worcestershire or Somerset, who are locked in battle at New Road, from the Central.

Yorkshire’s bid for 400 and a 24-point haul was undermined by collapses at either end of their first innings in overcast and bowler-friendly conditions.

They started day three on 36 for two and quickly slipped to 46 for four as Will Fraine and Tom Loten played loosely at left-arm quick Dieter Klein and were caught at mid-on and behind respectively.

But Harry Brook, Jonny Tattersall and standout performer Jordan Thompson - he later claimed three wickets - all hit half-centuries and fashioned a recovery either side of lunch which raised hopes again.

Brook, particularly fluent on the way to 53 - an on-drive against Ben Mike will not be forgotten in a hurry, shared 75 with Tattersall before lunch.

Tattersall later added 116 with sixth-wicket partner Thompson, helping to secure a first batting point and taking them towards a second.

However, when the previously wayward seamer Mike found his range and uprooted wicketkeeper Tattersall’s off-stump for 71, that left Yorkshire at 237 for six in the 65th over of their innings and sparked a damaging flurry of wickets.

The hosts lost their last five for 15 runs in only 29 balls, with Thompson lbw for 62 as one of three wickets for off-spinner Arron Lilley, who also removed Matthew Fisher and Duanne Olivier.

When a diving Sam Evans brilliantly caught Ben Coad at point off Mike in the 69th over, that ended Yorkshire’s silverware hopes.

Yorkshire can point to an encouraging campaign that has seen the emergence of young players such as all-rounder Thompson, who posted his second half-century in five games and took his tally of wickets to 13.

But they will want to strengthen that view with a third win - added to two draws - that should see them top the North given pre-game leaders Derbyshire’s struggles against Lancashire at Liverpool.

And, after tea, they made the ideal start to Leicester’s second innings when Coad trapped Sam Evans lbw to leave the score at four for one in the third over.

Thompson’s seamers then accounted for three wickets in as many overs as Leicester toppled to 47 for four in the 18th.

Hassan Azad and Harry Dearden were both caught behind in the 14th, the former down leg-side, as the score fell to 35 for three.

Then, in the 18th, on-loan Essex batsman Rishi Patel was caught at cover by Jack Shutt.

Fisher also struck to get Harry Swindells caught behind in the 22nd over (53 for five).

There was no play beyond 5.40pm, and Colin Ackermann and Lilley will begin day four on 23 and 10 respectively.

Yorkshire’s players, meanwhile, wore black armbands following the death of director of cricket Martyn Moxon’s mother on Monday.

 

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Glamorgan v Warwickshire (Sophia Gardens)  - Live Scores

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Glamorgan 9-0 (& 203), chasing 331 to beat Warwickshire (186 & 347-7 declared)

The third day of Warwickshire’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Glamorgan at Cardiff will be remembered as the day when Ian Bell left the batting crease for the final time at the end of an illustrious 20-year career, signing off with an ever-impressive 90 to put his side in a match-winning position going into the final day.

Bell finished with a career aggregate of 20,440 runs, and an average of 43.58, having scored just 66 in six innings this season prior to the accumulated 140 in this match.

It was also a memorable day for Dan Mousley. The 19 year-old wasn’t born when Bell made his debut in 1999 and having shared a partnership of 70 with the retiring stalwart in the first innings, the youngster struck his maiden Championship half-century in the second before being caught for 71 late in the day.

In the morning session, Bell had strode to the wicket to a standing ovation from the gathered coaching staff and media, and was deserving of the guard of honour by Glamorgan on his final walk to the middle.

Glamorgan had had an early breakthrough when Timm van der Gugten had Rob Yates caught impressively in the slips by Nick Selman and after switching ends, Michael Hogan struck to remove Will Rhodes, also caught by Selman, to end the batsman’s campaign with an average of 53.

Bell and Hain then looked to move the game beyond Glamorgan’s reach, the scoring rate increasing rapidly as they put on 76 by lunch, adding a further 67 in the afternoon session.

He and Hain had frustrated Glamorgan with a partnership of 143 as Warwickshire extended their second innings lead to 210 runs at tea. Unbeaten on 46 at lunch, Bell reached his half-century from 63 balls shortly after the resumption, with the eighth boundary of his innings when he struck Hogan through the off-side.

He followed up his 50 in the first innings with an another impressive knock in the second as he shared in a third-wicket stand with Hain, who brought up his second half-century in successive matches, in 106 deliveries with seven fours. It was their first century stand since facing Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in 2018 at a time when Bell struck a double century there, along with two unbeaten centuries at Edgbaston amassing 425 in those three innings against Glamorgan.

Dan Douthwaite finally removed Hain for 65, the batsman edging behind to Cullen as Bell, ultimately unsuccessfully, continued to search for one last century before playing on.

Michael Burgess and Dan Mousely resumed after tea with their side 227 for four, but having turned to spin after Lukas Carey’s side injury, Glamorgan had a further breakthrough when slow left-arm bowler Owen Morgan removed Burgess, playing across the line, to claim his first wicket of the season and give Cullen the simplest of catches behind the stumps.

Mousley continued to pile the pressure on Glamorgan, and reached his half-century in Championship cricket in 62 deliveries. His partner Alex Thomson was then caught at long-on with a heave off spinner Callum Taylor.

A brief shower brought proceedings to a halt at 335 for six, with one over lost, and Mousley was caught on the cover boundary off Douthwaite soon after the resumption. The declaration came at 347 for seven, setting Glamorgan a target of 331 with five overs remaining in the day, which openers Nick Selman and Joe Cooke safely negotiated, despite a last ball shout for LBW against Cooke by Liam Norwell.

 

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 193; Worcestershire 200 and 58-2

Tom Lammonby scored a superb century and carried his bat to tip the scales in Somerset’s favour on the third day of their Bob Willis Trophy Central Group top of the table encounter at Blackfinch New Road.

The 20-year-old opener hit an unbeaten 107 out of 193 all out and was largely responsible for Somerset being able to set a formidable 245 target on a wicket still offering encouragement to the seamers.

England paceman Lewis Gregory then picked up the key wickets of openers Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby – two of the top five run-scorers in the competition – as Worcestershire reached 58-2 before bad light ended play early.

Lammonby became the youngest ever Somerset player to remain undefeated through an entire innings – surpassing Arthur ‘Dudley’ Rippon in 1914 - and the fourth this century including current team-mate Tom Abell who achieved it twice in 2015.

He concentrated initially on blunting the Worcestershire attack with some solid defence and accumulated only 23 runs from the first 104 deliveries he faced.

But the former England Under-19 player gradually flourished and played with increasing aggression as he required only another 101 balls to reach three figures.

Lammonby reached his hundred with one of his three sixes – over long on off spinner Brett D’Oliveira – and he also struck 12 fours.

It was an innings of impressive maturity considering he had to wait until the opening match of this Trophy campaign to make his first class debut after breaking into the T20 side last summer.

His debut ton came in the previous match in the competition against Gloucestershire at Taunton but this was a far more significant contribution in the context of a potential Lord’s final spot being at stake for the winners of this game.

The Worcestershire’s seamers regularly picked up wickets and at 82-6 the Somerset lead was only 133 at that juncture shortly before lunch. 

But Lammonby received crucial support from the Somerset lower order in posting a challenging target.

Somerset had resumed on 16-1 this morning and found it hard work with Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach setting the tone by having Tom Abell (7) caught behind from a fifth ball of the day outswinger.

The opening 45 minutes produced only four singles before Ed Barnard made a double breakthrough.

George Bartlett (2) tried to work the ball to leg and was trapped lbw and Eddie Byrom (12) fell in the same manner after aiming a shot through mid wicket.

Lammonby greeted spinner Brett D’Oliveira’s introduction with a huge six over mid-wicket.but the leg spinner persevered and Steve Davies (14) paid the price for attempting an extravagant hit and was bowled.

It became two wickets in two overs for D’Oliveira as Craig Overton (2) played back and was bowled.

Somerset lunched on 90-6 but then Lewis Gregory (17) and Josh Davey (21) provided staunch support to Lammonnby during partnerships of 39 and 54 respectively

Gregory eventually perished to a fine catch by Jake Libby running back from cover off Dillon Pennington.

After Lammonby’s six off D’Oliveira took him to his hundred, Davey picked up three boundaries in the same over which cost 20 runs.

Another superb catch – this time by sub fielder Josh Dell at mid wicket – brought about Davey’s downfall off Barnard.

The innings was quickly wrapped up with Jack Leach (5) lbw to Barnard and Jack Brooks (1) caught behind off Pennington.

Barnard finished with 4-25 from 17 overs.

When Worcestershire launched their reply, Mitchell and Libby combated some accurate bowling from the new ball attack of Overton and Davey and only five runs came from nine overs.

Gregory made the first breakthrough when Mitchell (3) was bowled by a delivery which came back into the right hander and kept slightly low.

Libby started to accelerate, turning Overton off his legs for four and then picking up two boundaries in an over from Gregory.

The competition’s leading run-scorer was only two runs short of 500 when he was bowled off the inside edge by Gregory for 23 with the total on 30.

Tom Fell and Jack Haynes added an unbroken 28 before play came to a halt 12 overs early.

 

 

 

 

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Essex v Middlesex (Chelmsford) - Live Scores

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Middlesex 138 & 150 lost to Essex 236 & 53/1 by nine wickets

Unbeaten Essex confirmed their place in the Bob Willis Trophy final as South Group victors with an emphatic nine-wicket win over Middlesex.

Sir Alastair Cook, Paul Walter and Tom Westley knocked off the 53 required in 13.5 overs, after Sam Cook’s double, combined with wickets for Aaron Beard and Simon Harmer, had bowled Middlesex out for 150.

Essex’s place at Lord’s was confirmed when Derbyshire failed to get a batting point in their North Group fixture against Lancashire - which was met by cheers from the Essex dressing room.

It meant Derbyshire could only match Essex’s 90 points, if they manage to win at Aigburth, but due to their inferior win record they would miss out.

Therefore, Essex will face the winner of the Central Group – either Somerset or Worcestershire – for a five-day match starting on September 23.

Middlesex resumed with a slim lead of 25 runs, six wickets down, with the hope of the tail setting Essex a tricky fourth-innings chase.

It didn’t pan out how they would have dreamed overnight, instead, Sam Cook’s fantasies were realised.

The fast bowler, who had taken four wickets in the first innings, beat James Harris’ edge of the bat to uproot his off-stump with his second ball of the morning.

Cook only needed another 13 balls to strangle Blake Cullen down the legside, as the 18-year-old tickled through to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater – his first second innings catch having pouched five earlier in the match.

He thought Thilan Walallawita had top-edged a bouncer behind three balls later, but umpire XXX correctly adjudged the ball to have deflected off the batsman’s shoulder.

Cook was replaced at the Hayes Close End by Aaron Beard, on the back of three wickets in 21 balls on day three, and also struck immediately.

Walallawita saw his leg stump cartwheeling towards the River Can as Beard unleashed a yorker – the 22-year-old ended with career-best figures of 3-21.

And in the next over Tim Murtagh swung wildly and was stumped to hand leading wicket-taker Simon Harmer his 34th scalp of the Bob Willis Trophy.

Middlesex lost their last four wickets in just under 15 overs, as John Simpson was left unbeaten on 26 off 123 balls.

That left Essex needing a nominal 53 to an 11th straight first-class victory at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Alastair Cook and Walter marched to 41 as both struck four boundaries apiece in what appeared to a procession to victory.

Murtagh castled Cook to slow Essex, but Walter (20) clipped the winning runs off Nick Gubbins, who bowled his spin while wearing his cap.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath:

“It has been a shorter season and given the format we knew we needed three or four wins to get to the final, so to win four out of five and the other was rained off, you can’t ask for much more.

“We have carried on from last season; it has been unbelievable consistency from everyone, and now we can look forward to a Lord’s final.

“I was critical after the second day against Kent [the first game of the season] but since then we have been very good.

“In hindsight, today looks good but at the time you never know in cricket. The guys were straight on it this morning with the early wickets.

“Porter and Harms tend to get the plaudits, so Sam Cook and Beard go under the radar a lot. The way Cook has bowled this year he could easily have another 15 wickets, while Beard’s spell really cracked the game open for us – he is improving all the time.

“We are mathematically in the final so the guys can relax and get a bit of lunch now!

“To play a five-day final at Lord’s is special, you don’t tend to get that in red-ball cricket, and it might not happen again.”

Middlesex captain Steve Eskinazi:

“Essex have been the benchmark of the competition for two years now. They are unbelievable on their home turf and have a side packed with guys who get the job done.

“It was a huge challenge for us as a young group and was a good opportunity to see where we are against one of the top sides in Division One.

“It didn’t go to plan for us this week, we got thoroughly outplayed, but we will learn a lot from the last three days to take into next year.

“We spoke about being the underdogs in this competition from the start so to put ourselves in a position where if we had three or four good days be could have been in the final is very pleasing.

“It was a position not many thought we’d be in.

“We’ll take away some real positives from the first four games in our reflections for next year, and with some additions we feel like we will be well placed to challenge for promotion.

“It has been a massive honour and privilege to captain this season and have learnt a huge amount. I have taken some confidence from it and had a great time.

“Regardless of the performance levels I can say we have a phenomenal group of men, who take responsibility and play the game in the right way. It has been awesome to represent them.”




Kent v Hampshire (Canterbury) - Live Scores

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Hampshire191 & 159

Kent, 170 &  185/3 

Result - Kent won by seven wickets.

Kent 19 points, Hampshire 3 points.

England Test batsman Zak Crawley hammered an imperious 94-ball century to help Kent to a comfortable seven-wicket Bob Willis Trophy win over Hampshire in Canterbury.  

Crawley, who stroked 18 boundaries during his 146-minute stay, joined forces with Marcus O’Riordan (52*) – his former Tonbridge School team-mate – to mark their maiden first-class partnership with a match-winning second-wicket stand worth 157 as Kent cantered home with a day and 21 overs to spare.

Crawley, who suffered an eight-ball duck in the first innings here, reached three figures for only the fifth time in domestic first-class cricket with a rasping pulled four against seamer Ajeet Dale.

With the hosts needing only 16 for victory, Crawley blotted his copybook by missing an ambitious sweep against leg-spinner Mason Crane to depart leg before for 105.

Jack Leaning was bowled by Dale for a duck during the final throws, but O’Riordan, diligent to the end, saw the job through with an unbeaten 52, reaching his maiden first-class 50 from 121 balls and with six fours.

Kent had made a miserable start to their successful pursuit when acting captain Daniel Bell-Drummond became a first-over casualty, bowled for seven after allowing the ball from Ian Holland to spin back onto his stumps and dislodge the off bail.    

But O’Riordan, playing as Kent’s makeshift opening bat due to Jordan Cox’s issues with stomach cramps, combined with Crawley to add 50 inside 66 minutes.

On his competition debut, Crawley should have gone for 35 but saw his lofted, bottom-handed on-drive against Tom Scriven dropped by Dale at wide mid-on and, much to Scriven’s annoyance, parried to the ropes for four. 

The tall right-hander celebrated the let-off by cracking three more quick-fire boundaries off Scriven to reach a 44-ball 50 with 10 fours.      

The pair took their run-a-minute stand into three figures inside 24 overs, by which time the classy Crawley was virtually playing see-ball, hit ball.

Despite dropping six cordon catches in the opening two days of the game, Kent polished off their win soon after tea to secure their third Willis Trophy victory in five starts. Their only defeat coming in the opening round away to Essex, who had secured their south group title with a nine-wicket triumph over Middlesex at Chelmsford earlier in the day.  

Hampshire had started day three on their overnight total of 108 for five – for an overall lead in the match of 129 runs – yet failed to bat out the morning session despite a three-hour career-best vigil worth 68 by Tom Scriven.

They added only two before Lewis McManus steered Harry Podmore’s lifting leg-cutter to third slip without adding to his 95-ball half-century.

Scriven, the 21-year-old all-rounder making his second Willis Trophy appearance, reached his maiden first-class 50 from 96 balls and with nine fours with a rasping square drive against Grant Stewart who, somewhat unusually, opened the bowling ahead of Kent’s leading wicket-taker Darren Stevens.

Podmore bagged his first five-wicket return of the campaign in his next over by enticing debutant Scott Currie to follow an away-swinger and edge low to slip.

Stevens replaced Stewart at The Nackington Road End after 40 minutes’ play and, as if to make a point to acting skipper Bell-Drummond, struck with his fifth ball by removing Crane after a sliced drive to gully.

With Matt Milnes unable to bowl and off the field with a stiff back, Stewart was switched to the Pavilion End to replace Podmore but, despite beating the bat on numerous occasions struggled to find an edge.

Kent’s relentless pressure paid dividends, however, when Scriven dragged an attempted straight drive against Stevens straight into the hands of Podmore at mid-on.

Stewart finally got his deserved wicket and denied Stevens another five-wicket return when last man Dale edged an attempted push drive through to the keeper.

Podmore closed with season’s best figures of five for 43 and Stevens returned four for 35 and match figures of nine for 72.  

Surrey v Sussex (Oval) - Live Scores

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Sussex 415 & 109/9 v Surrey 388 at the Kia Oval

 

Spinners Dan Moriarity and Amar Virdi put the skids under Sussex’s second innings at the Kia Oval to reduce them to 109 for 9 in a frenetic final session of the day and bowl Surrey dramatically back into the final Bob Willis Trophy fixture.

Moriarty took a career-best 6 for 60 from 16 overs and Virdi 3 for 31 from 13 and it took a 40-run ninth wicket partnership between former Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker and Jack Carson to rescue Sussex from the depths of 62 for 8.

Meaker remains on a fighting 32 not out, but Moriarty had Carson caught at slip for 6 three overs from stumps and tomorrow Sussex will resume with an overall lead of 136.

But Surrey will hope they are not chasing much more than 150 in the final innings on a dry surface as they seek a first win of the competition, following four defeats in the south group, even after earlier battling their way to 388 in reply to Sussex’s first innings 415.

It was a stand of 112 in 24 overs for the seventh wicket between Will Jacks and Jamie Overton which first rallied Surrey on day three, after they had initially slipped to 256 for 6 after resuming on 171 for 4, but Sussex still had a halfway lead of 27.

That soon didn't seem much of an advantage, however, as 20-year-old slow left-armer Moriarty took the new ball, alongside Overton, and whistled out the first three Sussex batsmen.

Aaron Thomason even survived an edge to Rory Burns at slip before falling later in Moriarty’s opening over for 9 when another delivery turned sharply for keeper Ben Foakes to pull off a smart stumping.

Tom Haines had just driven Moriarty for six in his third over when, to the very next ball, he advanced again but miscued an ill-judged push-drive high to Hashim Amla’s right at mid off. The veteran former South Africa batting star made good ground to dive and hold a tremendous catch.

Moriarty, in the same over, then had Harry Finch held at slip by Burns for 13 and 31 for 3 soon became 58 for 6 as off spinner Virdi, replacing Overton, struck three times in his first four overs to send back Ben Brown, Delray Rawlins and James Coles.

Virdi, already Surrey’s senior spinner at the age of 22, had Brown leg-before on the back foot for 7 and Rawlins caught at backward point trying to force a ball which turned and bounced. The 16-year-old debutant Coles, Sussex’s youngest first-class cricketer, was dropped at second slip on 1 off Moriarty before, on 10, falling lbw to one from Virdi that scuttled into his pads.

Moriarty completed a maiden ten-wicket match haul, in just his second first-class game, by spinning one out of the footholds to have left-hander George Garton leg-before for 1 in his seventh over and then, in his next over, seeing David Wiese lift a drive straight to short extra cover.

Earlier, Jacks finished unbeaten on 84 from 119 balls, with ten fours, but Surrey’s first innings ended in something of a flurry of wickets too as 19-year-old off spinner Jack Carson took the last three tailend scalps to earn himself deserved career-best figures of 5 for 93 from 34.5 impressive overs.

Overton, on his Surrey red-ball debut, made 55 from 78 balls with a six and eight fours before mis-hitting Wiese’s medium pace to mid on and Surrey lost their last four wickets for 20 runs as Carson had James Taylor caught at long off for 3 before yorking Moriarty for 1 and having last man Virdi caught off bat and pad at short leg two balls later.

Sussex had also bowled well in the morning session to restrict Surrey from their overnight 171 for 4 to 259 for 6 at lunch, with Coles bowling Foakes for 39 with his tenth ball in first-class cricket after being given two overs immediately before the interval.

Coles was mobbed by his teammates after his magic moment, producing a classic slow left-arm delivery which pitched on middle and took Foakes’ off stump out of the ground as one of county cricket’s most in-form batsmen groped forward defensively and was beaten by the turn.

Rawlins had already struck an important blow for Sussex with his slow left-armers, claiming the prized wicket Amla, who had started the day on six but was leg-before for 26 in the 23rd over of the morning after battling for more than an hour against Carson and the accurate fast–medium of both Henry Crocombe and Wiese.

Bermudan all-rounder Rawlins, introduced to bowl his left-arm spin in the 67th over of the innings, straightened one just enough to beat Amla’s forward defensive and hit him on the back pad in front of off stump.

Foakes batted in composed and responsible fashion before succumbing to Coles, but after lunch Jacks and Overton counter-attacked in increasingly breezy fashion to bring Surrey back into the match.

 

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