Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 4 Round 4 August 22nd - 25th
All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 4 Day 4 August 22nd - 25th of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.
Yorkshire v Lancashire (Emerald Headingley)
CLOSE DAY FOUR - MATCH DRAWN Yorkshire 260 v Lancashire 195-5
Yorkshire and Lancashire endured further weather frustration as their Bob Willis Trophy clash at Emerald Headingley finished in a rain-soaked draw.
Umpires Peter Hartley and James Middlebrook decided to abandon the final day at 10.30am with the rain teeming down and puddles on the outfield.
It was a far cry from the sun-soaked scene of 12 months ago to the day at Headingley when Ben Stokes brilliantly won the third Ashes Test for England against Australia.
A total of 212 overs were lost across the four days of a penultimate round North Group fixture which was unable to complete its first innings.
Lancashire finished on 195 for five replying to Yorkshire’s 260, with Adam Lyth’s 103 for the hosts the standout performance of a match which saw 10 players make their maiden first-class Roses appearance.
Yorkshire will head into the final round of group games, starting on September 6, second in the North Group behind Derbyshire and very much in the race for a Lord’s final berth.
They host Leicestershire at Emerald Headingley.
Lancashire, meanwhile, are likely to head into their game with leaders Derbyshire at Liverpool still mathematically in contention.
However, it would require a miraculous set of results for them to qualify as one of the best two group winners from the North, Central and South.
Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said:
“I think we’re in a good place. Winning the first two games, that was fantastic. We probably had the better of the draw against Derby, we were driving that game. Had it not been for the weather, we could have pushed on.
“This game has been evenly matched given the players missing and the young ones coming into the sides.
“Going into the last round of fixtures, we’ve still got a chance of getting to Lord’s.
“I’m really pleased with the way it’s gone for us so far.”
On Joe Root’s availability for Thursday’s Blast opener against Notts, he said:
“We’re going to have Joe Root back for Thursday.
“I spoke to Rooty last night (Tuesday), and he’s chomping at the bit. He’s got a point to prove not being in the England T20 set-up, which is a good thing for us.
“I’m not quite sure how many games he will play.
“He’s definitely going to play on Thursday. England are making a selection on the Australian T20 series on Sunday night. So he might play on Sunday and Monday as well. Everything’s a bit up in the air.
“I just see anything as a bonus because we didn’t expect to have him at all.”
Lancashire’s Tom Hartley said:
“It’s been a disappointing few days with all the time lost. We would have loved to have got on and tried to get the win, but you can’t do anything about the weather.”
Left-arm spinner Hartley has been one of four Lancashire youngsters who have made their first-class debuts in the Bob Willis Trophy, with George Balderson, George Burrows and Ed Moulton the overs.
He said: “We’re all in a similar situation, just trying to impress in our first games.
“Myself and George Balderson took our first wickets almost back to back (in the opening round against Leicestershire). It was nice to be involved with that with everyone getting around us. Here, George Burrows took his first wicket.
“The young lads put so much hard work in over the winter, so it’s good to see rewards coming.
“It’s definitely a step up in standard. It’s got the feeling of a second-team game with no one here (crowds), but the cricket is definitely a massive step up. It makes you realise the parts of your game you need to work on.”
Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire (Leicester)
Leicester: Day Four: Close of Play: Leicestershire 222 and 237-4 Notts 343-8 dec. Match drawn. Leicestershire 11pts Notts 14pts.
Leicestershire's batsmen dug in to force a draw after only 22.2 overs were possible on the final day of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at the Fischer County Ground.
Heavy rain prevented play before 2.15pm, but when Leicestershire quickly lost the wicket of captain Colin Ackermann, leg before wicket for 65 after being hit on the back pad stretching forward to defend a Peter Trego in-swinger, the Foxes' lead was only 29, with six second innings wickets in hand.
The pitch was still flat, however, and the ferociously strong winds made bowling from the Pavilion End close to impossible, with Trego forced to reduce his run-up to four or five paces.
Harry Swindells, Leicestershire's 21-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman, took full advantage, hitting eight fours in scoring a maiden first-class half-century off 66 balls, and with George Rhodes continuing to play as obdurately as he had the previous evening - he faced 107 deliveries for his unbeaten 22 - the home team extended their lead into three figures before another rain shower shortly after tea caused umpires Nick Cook and Hassan Adnan to decide enough was enough.
The result means Nottinghamshire have now gone 26 first-class matches without a win. Nine of those matches have been drawn and 17 lost.
Derbyshire v Durham (Riverside)
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (Northampton)
Storm Francis cleared in time for Northamptonshire to complete a six-wicket victory over Glamorgan, their first win of the Bob Willis Trophy, and appease some of their supporters who had become disgruntled by their rotation policy, or more specifically, by losing.
Their decision to rotate players and use the competition to develop a deeper squad has not been universally popular. And those voices grew louder after defeats to Somerset and Worcestershire and a late escape to draw at Edgbaston.
So this win offers head coach David Ripley some respite. And some justification with a target of 189 realised by Emilio Gay who made an unbeaten 77 - a maiden first-class fifty - and Charlie Thurston, whose 64 followed a maiden century for Northamptonshire in the first innings. The pair shared 106 for the second wicket.
Ben Curran also made 82 in the first innings and none of those three would have featured in a first-choice XI back in March.
Neither would Jack White, Northamptonshire’s latest bolter from the Minor Counties and playing just his third first-class match at the age of 28, who took eight wickets in the match.
The performances of those four was exactly what Ripley was looking for as he tries to build his squad for a return to Division One of the County Championship next season.
Northamptonshire should have wrapped up victory inside three days but were denied by Marchant de Lange’s outrageous hitting and their latest instance of failing to deal with aggression from the lower order. It left them hostage to the weather on day four but fortunately for them the rain blew through in time to allow play to start at 2.40pm.
It still remained extremely windy and after a short time the umpires removed the bails but it didn’t deter Thurston and Gay who quickly took their overnight 62 for 1 to 115 for 1 by tea.
Gay made his maiden first-class fifty in his fourth match. He drove Michael Hogan smartly through mid-on and then played a better shot past extra-cover. He whipped Dan Douthwaite through midwicket to reach fifty in 104 balls.
Thurston flicked Hogan between long leg and deep square for the day’s first boundary but was almost caught top-edging a cut to third man that Joe Cooke couldn’t take running in.
He pulled Tim van der Gugten for six with the fielder at deep square tipping the ball over the boundary before flicking the same bowler very stylishly over long leg for a second six in the over - separated by a 14 minute delay for a brief shower.
But having gone past a second half-century of the match in 55 balls, Thurston couldn’t take his side home as he tried to drive Douthwaite through mid-on, missed, and was lbw.
It allowed Luke Procter to help take Northamptonshire almost to victory with a switch hit for four off Kieran Bull. But he swung and edged to the wicketkeeper to finally give Hogan his 600th first-class wicket. Rob Keogh was then run out hesitating over a single.
The result should make Ripley’s postbag a little lighter in the coming week as Northamptonshire prepare for their main target of this truncated summer, the T20 Blast that begins on Thursday.
But who knows what correspondence will be coming the way of the Glamorgan hierarchy. Their failed again with the bat and the difference between the sides was far greater than the margin of victory.
Lower order rescue acts saved them against Worcestershire and Gloucestershire but it needed two remarkable performances from the tail here just to make the scoreboard respectable having slipped to 135 for 9 in the first innings and 60 for 8 in the second.
It proves just how reliant they were last season on the mountains of runs made by Australian Marnus Labuschagne.
Somerset v Gloucestershire (Taunton)
Somerset 237 & 223/1 dec beat Gloucestershire 76 & 70 by 314 runs
Craig Overton finished with figures of five for 26 as Somerset wrapped up a thumping 314-run Bob Willis Trophy win over Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
After a delayed start, the hosts needed just 15 minutes to claim their opponents’ last two wickets and move to the top of the Central Group.
Overton took one of them and the last fell to Jack Brooks to complete a game dominated by Somerset’s potent seam attack.
The hosts took 20 points to boost increasing hopes of reaching the Lord’s final, while Gloucestershire had to settle for three, having been comprehensively outplayed.
Play began at 1.45pm after more heavy overnight rain had saturated the outfield. Brooks had five balls of an over to complete from the previous evening.
Somerset skipper Tom Abell then threw the ball to Overton, who struck with his third ball of the day from the River End.
Josh Shaw failed to keep down a rising leg-side delivery and George Bartlett dived forward to take a good low catch at mid-wicket.
Shaw departed for a duck and, with the sun shining after all the rain of the previous two days, Somerset closed in on a quick finish.
It came in the next over, bowled by Brooks, Tom Lammonby clinging onto a sharp catch above his head at backward point to dismiss Matt Taylor for three.
Somersset have now won three out of four Bob Willis Trophy games. And it would almost certainly have been four had bad weather not robbed them over victory over Warwickshire in their previous game.
Their seam attack looks as good as any in the competition and they will go into their final match against Worcestershire at New Road favourites to win the group.
Worcestershire v Warwickshire (Worcester)
Worcestershire’s home Bob Willis Trophy Central Group encounter with Warwickshire was an early victim of the weather after heavy overnight rain.
Umpires Rob Baily and Jeremy Lloyds decided no play would be possible after inspecting a saturated outfield and play was abandoned at 10.25am.
There were puddles on the covers and outfield and more heavy rain started falling shortly after the decision was taken.
The two teams both collect 13 points from a game dominated by the bat in which only 16 wickets fell in three days.
Worcestershire will now face a crunch final match with Somerset at Blackfinch New Road beginning on Sunday, September 6.
The two teams are in contention for top spot with the two group winners with the most points going through to the final at Lord’s.
Worcestershire Club Captain, Joe Leach, said: “You can’t do much about the weather. It looked pretty bleak for a few days and we knew we were going to get this storm. The ground is saturated, you’ve got no chance of getting on today.
“In some respects, it is disappointing that the pitc and circumstances didn’t allow a result game but once again we applied ourselves exceptionally with the bat to get a first innings ‘win’ with this 120 overs rule.
“With the ball for large parts we set out to do on what was a very batter-friendly task and we stuck to our task as well as we could. It was heading for a draw from ten past eleven on day one if we are perfectly honest.
“We will take the points, we will see what happens at Taunton today, and it sets us up for what in effect is a red ball semi-final in a couple of weeks time.
“If you had offered us that at the start of the season, we would have absolutely taken that.”
Hampshire v Essex (Arundel)
Essex 249/3 drew with Hampshire
County champions Essex lost their 100 per cent record in the Bob Willis Trophy as they were forced to watch their clash with Hampshire slide into a rainy draw.
Rain fell constantly overnight at Arundel to add further squelch to the already soggy outfield before an early afternoon downpour ending any hope of play – with the shared points confirmed after a 2pm inspection.
A positive result, either way, had been made nigh impossible due to a washed-out opening day before only 78 overs, dotted around heavy showers, across the second and third days.
Both sides will take nine points, eight for the draw plus a bonus point, from the match.
Unbeaten Essex remain top of the South Division with 70 points, with Hampshire, Middlesex and Kent still mathematically able to catch them – although they will still need to score more points than the top teams in the North and Central groups to qualify for the five-day final in October.
Their last fixture of the group stage is at home to Middlesex, while Hampshire travel to Kent – both contests starting on September 6.
In the meantime, Hampshire and holders Essex will turn their immediate attention to the T20 Blast – which starts on Thursday.
Essex, having been asked to bat, reached 249 for three in the only innings of the match – an unsatisfactory run away from a second bonus point.
Sir Alastair Cook recorded only his 42nd not out in 547 first class innings.
The England great totted up 129 – his 66th red ball century and saw the 24,000th run of his illustrious career.
Dan Lawrence remained not out on 37, after Paul Walter had struck 43 in his new spot at the top of the batting order.
Hampshire found wicket-taking difficult on a slow lifeless wicket, with Ian Holland, Ryan Stevenson and Mason Crane each taking one scalp each.
With a victory and a draw, they will be mostly satisfied with the work done at their scenic temporary home 40-miles down the coast in West Sussex.
Hampshire’s five group stage matches in the Blast will be held behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl, once the three-match Vitality T20 series against Pakistan finishes on September 8.
Hampshire head coach Adi Birrell:
“It has been frustrating. We came up against a good side and they probably got too many runs but we bowled well.
“The pitch played differently than the one the previous week, it was a lot more placid.
“We didn’t get a lot of wickets but the guys toiled well.
“Alastair Cook was complimentary about how we bowled which I was pleased to here. I thought Mason did particularly well and Holland again showed he had the skills with the new ball.
“With only one team to go and two to qualify I think that qualifying is probably gone.
“But I think it has been a very good tournament. We have learned a lot about our guys and some have had an opportunity they probably wouldn’t have had with a full side.
“I would be happy to come back to Arundel, we have enjoyed it here. Unfortunately it isn’t in Hampshire!”
Essex captain Tom Westley:
“It [captaincy] has gone well. We have been fortunate at Essex over the last few years that we have been expected to win a lot of cricket and we have been able to do that.
“We have won a lot of games on the bounce at Chelmsford.
“For me, taking the team over from Tendo, which was a very successful team, there were high expectations and I’m chuffed to bits for the guys that we have continued that on so far.
“There is a bit more to being a captain than when I was a player but it is a huge honour to captain my county and that outweighs the small little things you have to do extra.
“I have enjoyed it so far but would like to score a few more runs myself. But as long as the team is in a good place and approaching each game expecting and trying to win then that is all we can do as a team.
“We are very lucky at Essex that we have a lot of leaders in our team. There are a lot of guys who are thinking about cricket each ball and they approach me and make suggestions – which is fortunate for me.
“Obviously it is different from being a player, because I get the final say, but the responsibility then falls at my feet.
“We have done relatively well so far without playing our best cricket, which is a good sign for Essex, but I think there is a lot more we can achieve as a team this year in terms of how we can play.”
Middlesex v Sussex (Radlett)
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Surrey v Kent (Kia Oval)
DAY 4 report: Kent 342 & 127 v Surrey 278 & 174 at the Kia Oval
Kent (22pts) beat Surrey (5) by 17 runs
Darren Stevens celebrated being offered another year’s contract by Kent at the age of 44 by taking 4 for 41 to spearhead a thrilling 17-run victory against Surrey at the Kia Oval and keep his county’s Bob Willis Trophy south group qualification hopes alive.
Surrey, needing 192 to win from 62 overs after bowling Kent out for a second innings 127, were themselves bowled out for 174 deep into the final session of a memorable contest.
Matt Milnes was Kent’s other bowling hero, taking 4 for 57 – including the dramatic final wicket – and also producing superb deliveries to bowl both Sam Curran and Rikki Clarke either side of tea.
Stevens had taken three wickets in nine balls in his opening spell to leave Surrey reeling at 20 for 4 but Ben Foakes’ excellent 57 had left Kent wondering if they could close out the victory despite taking regular wickets at the other end.
Indeed, the last hour had just started, with 15 more overs remaining, when Milnes clipped the top of Matt Dunn’s off stump to bowl him for a brave 12 and give himself final figures of 4 for 57.
Dunn had been left to make 28 runs for victory with only No 11 Amar Virdi for company after Harry Podmore had rather fortuitously ended the second superb innings in the match by Foakes, having him well held by diving keeper Ollie Robinson from a legside ball after he had added another composed and high-class effort to his first innings 118.
Milnes’ other scalp had been that of Adam Finch, leg-before for 6 with 56 still required. There may not have been any spectators watching, but there was no shortage of tension, particularly when Foakes and Dunn were adding a calm 28 in 10 overs for the ninth wicket, as Kent fretted.
Kent’s 22 points, and second win in four matches, puts them just six points behind south group leaders Essex with just the September 6-9 round games to go.
Podmore picked up Mark Stoneman’s wicket in his own new ball burst during Surrey’s calamitous start to their chase, but Foakes and Laurie Evans then boosted Surrey’s hopes with a fifth wicket stand of 57, until the irrepressible Stevens returned to the attack to take a smart catch off his own bowling with his third ball back to send Evans packing for a fine 53-ball 42.
And Milnes made Kent heavy favourites, going into the last session, by nipping one back between left-hander Curran’s bat and front pad to bowl the England all-rounder for 14 and, in the second over after the interval, also defeating Clarke’s attempted drive.
The evergreen Stevens has now bagged 20 wickets at 19 runs apiece in Kent’s first four Willis Trophy fixtures. But it is his record in the past decade that is most remarkable, especially when remembering that the veteran all-rounder has also hit more than 7,500 first-class runs since 2010, including 16 centuries and 39 other scores above 50.
Since turning 40 in April 2016, Stevens has now picked up an astonishing 213 wickets in county red-ball competition at 20.39 with his wily medium pace. Since the age of 35, moreover, that wicket tally is 438 at 22.50. Before moving to Kent in 2005, at the age of 28, he had hardly bowled in eight previous seasons with Leicestershire; in his first six seasons for Kent, he only took 87 championship wickets as he slowly developed his bowling until becoming a recognised frontline operator.
Here, he began by removing Scott Borthwick and Jamie Smith with his fifth and sixth deliveries to leave Surrey 6 for 2 at the end of the second over. Borthwick chipped to short mid-wicket off a leading edge, where Daniel Bell-Drummond took a fine diving catch, and Smith edged a forward push to Jack Leaning at second slip.
There was no hat-trick but, with the first ball of his third over, Stevens won a leg-before decision to send back Will Jacks for 6 and – by then – Podmore had also had Surrey’s acting captain Mark Stoneman caught at first slip for 10.
Jordan Cox, the catcher, threw the ball high into the air and let out a roar of celebration because, from the fourth ball of Surrey’s second innings, Cox had dropped Stoneman on 2 off a similar ball from Podmore that lifted and left the former England opener.
No play had been possible before lunch, due to heavy overnight and morning rain, but hard work by the Oval groundstaff meant that a start could be made at 1.10pm with Kent resuming on 118 for 9 in their second innings.
Last pair Nathan Gilchrist and Hamidullah Qadri added a further nine runs in four overs before Curran had Gilchrist caught at first slip by Clarke for 13 to finish with 4 for 39. Clarke, whose brilliant five-wicket spell had sliced through Kent’s second innings on day three, finished with 5 for 20.
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