Bob Willis Trophy: All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Day 4 Round 5 September 6th – 9th
All the Latest News, Scores and Updates from Round 5 Day 4 of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020.
Lancashire v Derbyshire (Liverpool) - Live Scores
Lancashire 219 & 356-6d v Derbyshire 195 & 202.
Lancashire win by 178 runs.
Derbyshire's hopes of completing their first county season unbeaten since 1874 ended during a calamitous afternoon session on the last day of this final Bob Willis Trophy clash with Lancashire who completed a 178 run victory half an hour before the close of play.
The visitors lost six wickets for 17 runs in a frenetic half hour period after lunch that saw them go from 118 for two to 135 for eight thanks to the Red Rose's young left arm spinners Jack Morley and Tom Hartley.
Not even a brave rear-guard action from Mattie McKiernen and Sam Conners could save Derbyshire who were eventually bowled out for 202, 178 runs short of the nominal target of 381.
The determined tail end pair shared a ninth wicket partnership of 60 runs in just over 36 overs which frustrated Lancashire for 107 minutes until Conners fell for nine, lbw to Morley.
McKiernen had time to reach his maiden first class half century, but he became the last man out when Danny Lamb trapped him in front for 55 to finish with three for 12.
Before their afternoon collapse, Derbyshire had been progressing nicely with Luis Reece reaching his half century off 127 balls before he became Morley's first victim caught by Keaton Jennings at slip for 69 after an attempted sweep.
Leus du Plooy was next, trapped in front by Hartley for 34, before Fynn Hudson Prentice edged the same bowler to Jennings for one.
Matt Critchley had his off stump uprooted by Morley for seven, Anul Dal was adjudged lbw off Hartley for three with Harvey Hosein's dismissal lbw to Morley for six ending a miserable session for Derbyshire.
Earlier in the day, Derbyshire had moved on 56 for two at lunch after an especially productive morning for Lamb who continued his fine game by reaching his maiden first class half-century during a shot-filled first half hour of the day that saw Lancashire add 43 runs in just over five overs.
Lamb was joined by teenager George Balderson who finished on 61 not out after he completed his own maiden first class half century the previous evening as Lancashire declared on 356 for six declared.
Lamb then took up where he left off in the first innings as Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman edged to Rob Jones at second slip for four.
Lamb struck again when Wayne Madsen was adjudged lbw by umpire Graham Lloyd for nine to leave Derbyshire 20 for two.
But it was a day to savour for Lancashire's young spin twins who twirled their way throughout the majority of a sun-drenched afternoon with Morley finishing four for 64 and Hartley closing on three for 79.
Nottinghamshire v Durham (Trent Bridge) - Live Scores
Durham 294 & 329 drew with Nottinghamshire 422 & 82-1
A frustrating last wicket partnership of 45 runs between Brydon Carse and Ben Raine ensured that Durham would earn a draw from their Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
When the pair came together Durham had a lead of 156 over their hosts, with around 30 overs still remaining in the contest. Carse’s eventual dismissal, for 31, meant that the target had jumped to 202 from 17 overs.
Notts, through the powerful hitting of Peter Trego and the deftness of Ben Duckett, gave it a go before agreeing to call off the chase on 82 for one, with only 7.4 overs left.
Trego twice cleared the ropes in hitting 34 from 22 balls and Duckett was unbeaten on 36 from 28.
Earlier, the visitors were eventually bowled out for 329 in their second innings, with Michael Jones top-scoring with 82. Samit Patel claimed four for 80 for Notts, with Trego taking three for 34.
The home county were held up for more than an hour by Chris Rushworth at the start of the day, with the nightwatchman eventually falling for 25 to a catch at short leg off Matt Carter.
Jones, a 22-year old Scottish international playing in only his fifth first-class fixture, defied Notts for 248 minutes in making his highest first-class score.
Following a duck in the first innings Jones played a chanceless knock, hitting eight fours in his 224-ball stay before nicking Jake Ball behind soon after the second new ball had been taken.
Trego struck twice after lunch, getting David Bedingham lbw for 29 and then forcing Stuart Poynter to misjudge a leave that ricocheted back onto his stumps.
Carter had Gareth Harte caught at short leg by Haseeb Hameed for 34 before Coughlin nicked Patel behind.
Ned Eckersley only made eight but took 75 minutes out of the game, eventually falling to Patel after facing 73 deliveries.
Carse and Raine then played their punchy cameos to put any thoughts of a victory charge for Notts back on ice.
Requiring around 12 runs an over from the start Trego started as if it could be achieved, slog-sweeping Rushworth over the ropes before launching Raine even further.
The first six overs produced 66 runs, with Duckett helping himself to four boundaries but the fall of Trego’s wicket and the sight of nine Durham fielders hugging the boundary prompted the early finish.
Nottinghamshire take 16 points from the contest, propelling them up to fourth in the final North Group standings but their wait for a first red ball victory since June 2018 goes on.
Durham, with 13 points, sit at the foot of the table, having also finished with two defeats and three draws from their Bob Willis Trophy campaign.
Yorkshire v Leicestershire (Headingley) - Live Scores
Yorkshire 252 and 37-0 v Leicestershire 124 and 161, Emerald Headingley. Bob Willis Trophy, North Group. Yorkshire win by 10 wickets.
Yorkshire wrapped up a 10-wicket victory over Leicestershire shortly after lunch on day four at Emerald Headingley.
The unbeaten White Rose, boosted by Jordan Thompson’s maiden five-wicket haul, secured their third win to go with two draws and moved to the top of the North Group table.
Leicestershire, beginning day four on 78 for five in their second innings with a deficit of 50, were bowled out for 161, setting a target of 34.
Openers Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore completed the formalities at 1.30pm, within 6.2 overs of the chase, finishing on 14 and 23 respectively.
Yorkshire will now wait to see whether pre-game leaders Derbyshire can pull off a victory over Lancashire at Liverpool to reclaim the lead.
But should Yorkshire top the North, it will not be enough for them to reach the five-day final at Lord’s, starting on September 23.
The hosts claimed 21 points to Leicestershire’s three.
Yorkshire did not have things all their own way during a fourth day which started with them eyeing an innings victory.
All-rounder Thompson, 23, completed figures of five for 31 from 11 overs with the final two wickets of Leicester’s innings.
New ball seamer Ben Coad claimed the first two wickets of the day to finish with match figures of eight for 41.
But Leicester at least made Yorkshire bat again thanks to a 43-run partnership for the eighth wicket between captain Colin Ackermann (47) and fellow South African Dieter Klein.
Klein was dropped twice in the teens on the way to a belligerent 27.
Coad made the breakthrough in the fifth over of the day when Arron Lilley, driving, was caught at fourth slip for 13, leaving the score at 84 for six in the 31st over.
Coad struck again in his next over to trap Ben Mike lbw (92 for seven).
Duanne Olivier was the victim of one of the Klein drops (Coad at long-leg).
But he was cheered when Klein slashed him to backward point, where Thompson held on as Leicester fell to 135 for eight in the 46th over, a visiting lead of seven.
Thompson’s seamers then uprooted Ackermann’s off-stump - 139 for nine in the 49th - before some lusty hitting from last pair Alex Evans and Gavin Griffiths boosted the target.
But Thompson wrapped up the innings by bowling the former in the 51st over, finishing an excellent breakthrough campaign with 234 runs and 15 wickets.
The Foxes finish the Bob Willis Trophy with one win, two losses and two draws.
They were unable to build on a superb opening round victory over Lancashire in a clash at New Road, Worcester.
Yorkshire will point to the fact that 476 overs have been lost to weather across their three home games, preventing them from pushing for victories against Derbyshire and Lancashire which would have seen them final bound.
Both sides now turn their attention to the Vitality Blast.
They are both in contention to reach the quarter-finals and face each other in the North Group at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road on Friday (6.30pm).
Glamorgan v Warwickshire (Sophia Gardens) - Live Scores
Glamorgan 203 & 264-9 drew with Warwickshire (186 & 347-7 declared)
Glamorgan battled bravely to a draw in their final Bob Willis Trophy match of the campaign, as Warwickshire’s Ian Bell brought down the curtain on his 20-year first-class career at Sophia Gardens.
It ends a disappointing four-day campaign for Glamorgan, whose batsmen have failed to get going throughout the competition, despite a rotation policy which has seen a number of fringe players being handed opportunities in the top order.
Bell’s final contributions yielded 140 runs for the county he’s served so well, and he was given an ovation by both teams, umpires and coaching staff as he left the field for the final time.
Resuming their pursuit of 331 on 9-0 on the final morning, Glamorgan were 69-2 at lunch and much credit goes to Nick Selman in the afternoon for his defiant innings of 73 as he battled hard to save the match.
The final’s day play would also prove to be a big test of character for Glamorgan’s Joe Cooke, in only his second first-class county red ball match, as it quickly became evident that Glamorgan would employ a rear-guard action.
Alongside Selman, the 23 year-old left-hander took control to successfully see off Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Liam Norwell in the opening exchanges, with the best shot of the morning coming from an off-drive to the boundary.
However, having batted defensively and patiently in the first hour, Glamorgan lost two wickets from successive Ryan Sidebottom deliveries, when Cooke edged tentatively to the keeper before Owen Morgan was bowled by an in-swinging full-toss.
The Welsh county’s defensive approach, having effectively given up the pursuit of 331, backfired after lunch as captain Chris Cooke, attempting a back-foot drive through the off-side, feathered to the keeper off Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
It was to prove a decisive six overs in the match, as the momentum swung in the visitors’ favour, despite Nick Selman battling hard to a half-century in 146 deliveries.
As Billy Root played the waiting game early in his innings, getting off the mark from his eleventh delivery and glancing his first boundary off his legs two deliveries later, the fourteenth he faced beat him all ends up, flying off the edge into the hands of Sam Hain at second slip.
Selman, unbeaten on 62, and Callum Taylor, 14 not out, saw the Welsh county through to tea, and they needed a further 187 in the final session, with the visitors requiring a further six wickets.
They moved at a pedestrian pace in the final session, offering little in the way of chances before Taylor fended an uppish delivery by Ryan Sidebottom to short-leg after 29 overs at the crease and a partnership of 67.
The visitors had their biggest breakthrough when Hannon-Dalby struck Selman leg-before for 73, the batsman’s valiant effort ended after 215 deliveries when he was struck suspiciously high on the leg, and Glamorgan’s lower order still had 18.5 overs to bat out.
There was little doubt about Cullen’s dismissal, though, as he was dismissed in similar fashion by spinner Alex Thomson for his first wicket of the match. Douthwaite followed soon after, edging a rising delivery from Sidebottom to the keeper.
The visitors edged closer to a victory when Lukas Carey edged Hannon-Dalby to slip, but Michael Hogan and Timm van der Gugten survived the final three overs.
Warwickshire finish the campaign in third place in the group, while Glamorgan are rooted firmly to the bottom. The visitors’ attention now turns to the Vitality Blast where they host Glamorgan at Edgbaston on Friday night.
Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire (Bristol) - Live Scores
Abandoned due to Covid-19 positive testing
Worcestershire v Somerset (Worcester) - Live Scores
Somerset 251 and 193 beat Worcestershire 200 and 184 by 60 runs
Somerset are back at Lord’s for the second successive summer after defeating Worcestershire by 60 runs at Blackfinch New Road to seal a spot in the Bob Willis Trophy final.
The Royal London One-Day Cup holders set the home side a 245 target and dismissed them for 184 mid-way through the afternoon session.
Lewis Gregory and Josh Davey with three wickets apiece were the main architects of Worcestershire’s downfall today but it was another impressive team performance and put the icing on a hugely successful Trophy campaign.
Somerset won four of their five matches and were only denied almost certain victory by the rain in the other match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Their tally of 97 points is comfortably the highest by any county.
The bedrock of their success with the ball have been Craig Overton and Davey with a combined tally of more than 50 wickets in the competition.
Tom Abell (352 runs) and first innings century-maker Tom Lammonby (343) have been the main contributors with the bat amongst a total of five different century-makers.
Worcestershire can take great heart from their performances in the competition after two dismal seasons of red ball cricket in which they were relegated from Division One of the County Championship and then finished ninth in Division Two.
They won two and drew the other two in their opening four games and to be in contention themselves for a Lord’s final right to the final day of the group stages represents healthy progression in that format of the game.
It is a reward for the greater emphasis placed on improving at four-day cricket by Head Coach Alex Gidman during the past 12 months.
They have also provided the leading run-scorer in the competition in Jake Libby with 498 runs in instantly justifying his recruitment from Nottinghamshire on a three year contract.
Worcestershire resumed in gloomy light and, following a short interruption, England paceman Lewis Gregory trapped Tom Fell (20) after he looked to work a delivery to leg.
Jack Haynes (30) was guilty of a misjudgement against Josh Davey and offered no shot as he was leg before for 30 with the total 96-4 in the 44th over.
Riki Wessels brought the 100 up with a lofted off-drive for four off Jack Brooks but then tamely surrendered his wicket to Davey.
He straight drove him to the boundary but then on nine tried to pull the next ball - a shortish delivery - and only succeeded in picking out Eddie Byrom at mid-wicket.
The scales tipped firmly in Somerset’s favour when Brett D’Oliveira (28) went lbw to the last ball before lunch after Overton returned to the attack.
But skipper Joe Leach and Ben Cox counter-attacked effectively in adding 44 before the former on 17 became the fourth lbw victim of the day – this time to Jack Brooks.
Dillon Pennington (4) departed in the same manner and the game was wrapped up when Cox (32) was caught behind off Davey.
Essex v Middlesex (Chelmsford) - Live Scores
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
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
DAY 4 report: Surrey 388 & 157/4 beat Sussex 415 & 128 by 6 wickets at the Kia Oval
Surrey 22pts, Sussex 7
England Test opener Rory Burns added 52 to his first innings hundred to lead Surrey to their first victory of the Bob Willis Trophy campaign, at the final attempt, in a six-wicket win against Sussex at the Kia Oval.
Surrey captain Burns was joined in a decisive third wicket partnership of 64 in 14 overs by Jamie Smith, who scored 33 from 51 balls as a fourth innings target of 156 was chased down in 44.5 overs on a turning pitch.
There was a late twist to a well-contested match, however, when 16-year-old debutant James Coles – Sussex’s youngest first-class cricketer – dismissed both Smith and Burns in the space of four balls to leave Surrey 120 for 4.
Ben Foakes, on 1, then edged Delray Rawlins just short of slip but he survived to finish on 13 not out, hitting the winning blow when he pulled the same bowler for six after a necessarily circumspect fifth wicket stand of 37 in 18 overs with Will Jacks, who ended up unbeaten on 22.
Victory was eventually completed a little over an hour after lunch on a day which began with Sussex resuming their second innings on 109 for 9 after a torrid final session the previous evening against Surrey spinners Dan Moriarty and Amar Virdi.
They made 128 in the end, thanks to Stuart Meaker’s defiant 42, but a policy of controlled and sensible aggression by Surrey’s top order paid dividends as Burns and company never allowed Sussex’s own trio of young spinners to settle.
Jack Carson, the highly-promising 19-year-old off spinner, did remove Scott Borthwick for 11 in the eighth over, having been given the new ball, and Rawlins’ left-arm spin then accounted for Hashim Amla for the second time in the match, caught low at short leg, before the Burns-Smith alliance looked like taking Surrey to a comfortable win.
But Coles’s double strike when brought back to bowl his fourth over, first bowling Smith middle stump with an arm ball – his third ball back – and then having Burns stumped by Ben Brown after beating his forward push on the outside, at least concentrated Surrey minds again and the youngster finished with figures of 2 for 32 from 11 overs.
All-rounder Coles, a student at Oxford’s Magdalen College and brought up in the Oxfordshire age group teams before joining the Sussex Academy at the end of last year, is believed to be the second youngest player – after Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik – to take three wickets or more on first-class debut.
The Surrey chase began with Borthwick managing one straight six off Carson before he was caught at slip from one that turned and bounced, and Amla’s 18 included two sixes – straight off Carson and then pulled over the mid wicket ropes off Rawlins.
Surrey had earlier finished off Sussex’s second innings for 128, with off spinner Virdi taking the final wicket for figures of 4 for 40. Slow left-arm spinner Moriarty, the chief destroyer of Sussex’s second innings, ended with 6 for 70.
Sussex added another 19 runs before Meaker went down the pitch to Virdi but could only pick out Jamie Overton at long on after putting on 26 for the last wicket with No 11 Henry Crocombe, who remained 9 not out and hit one lovely on-driven four off Moriarty.
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