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Bob Willis Trophy: Latest News and Score Updates from Round 3: August 15th- 18th

Bob Willis Trophy: Latest News and Score Updates from Round 3: August 15th- 18th
Bob Willis Trophy: Latest News and Score Updates from Round 3: August 15th- 18th
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All the latest news, match scores and analysis from Bob Willis Trophy, Round 3: August 15th- 18th.


North Group


Durham v Leicestershire (Leicester)

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Leicester: Day One: close of play: Durham 176-3

A third wicket partnership of 159 left Durham in a strong position when rain caused an early close of play on the first day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.

It was an impressive recovery from the visitors, who after being put in to bat under grey skies might have feared the worst after being reduced to 17-2.

Opener Sean Dickson poked tentatively at a Dieter Klein delivery pushed across him by the left-arm seamer to edge a simple catch to wicket-keeper Harry Swindells, and Cameron Steel, having scored just one, edged an out-swinger from Gavin Griffiths to Hassan Azad at first slip.

Alex Lees and David Bedingham had other ideas, however, taking advantage of the lack of seam movement and a fast outfield to score quickly.

Lees looked in good touch, particularly when driving straight, but Bedingham needed two moments of good fortune, firstly when he was dropped on 24, a straightforward edge off Tom Taylor put down by Swindells, and then on 37, when he advanced down the pitch to left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson and was beaten by the turn, only for Swindells to fail to gather the ball.

Bedingham was the first to his half-century, made off just 70 balls and reached by lofting Ackermann for a huge six over midwicket, with Lees following in a more circumspect manner soon afterwards, off 103 balls. The occasional ball was turning for the spinners, but slowly, and with runs continuing to flow Ackermann turned back to his seamers to try and regain control of the scoreboard. Bedingham continued to prosper, but on 96 and looking for the boundary required to bring up his century, edged a drive at a Taylor out-swinger and Ackermann took a neat catch low to his left at second slip.

Shortly afterwards a shower saw the umpires take the players off for an early tea, with 38 overs remaining, and Lees undefeated on 62. A restart was planned for 4.45pm, but the rain became heavier and play was abandoned for the day shortly before 5.30pm


Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge)

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 Close Of Play  – Day One – Nottinghamshire 268 for 2 v Lancashire at Trent Bridge

Centuries by Ben Slater and Ben Duckett ensured that Nottinghamshire completely dominated the first day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Lancashire at Trent Bridge.

By the time bad light ended play 18.4 overs early  the home side were 268 for two with Slater 111 not out and Joe Clarke unbeaten on four. However, the centrepiece of the day’s cricket was the 178- run partnership between Slater and Duckett, a stand which has left Steven Mullaney’s team well-placed to post a formidable total in this game after perhaps their best three sessions of a truncated season.  

Slater, who made 172 against the Emirates Old Trafford side when on recent loan at Leicestershire, reached his second century in five innings off 194 balls, 14 of which he had hit to the boundary. But the opener was nothing like as fluent during the afternoon – he had reached his fifty off 63 deliveries before lunch – and it was left to Duckett to push the score along with his typical sweeps and cuts during a second session when Lancashire’s bowlers went wicketless.

The former Northamptonshire batsman reached his fifty off 69 balls with seven fours, although he was nearly caught when edging Tom Bailey to the right of Keaton Jennings at second slip. However, four balls after Slater reached three figures, Duckett achieved the same landmark off 139 balls with 16 fours when he clipped Bailey to the fence at square leg.

Four overs later Duckett was leg before wicket for 116 (156 balls, 17 fours) when playing across the line to Bailey but these first two and a bit sessions will have been very welcome to Steven Mullaney’s team, who were asked to bat first on a rather cloudy morning in the East Midlands. The home batsmen will now look to post a large total and bat only once in a game which seems likely to be interrupted by rain over the next three days.

The only batsmen to be dismissed in the morning session was the former Lancashire opener, Haseeb Hameed, who put on 78 in nearly 90 minutes with Slater and had made 22 when he was leg before wicket to George Balderson  when trying to work a good length ball to leg. That success apart, Lancashire’s pace bowlers failed to make the most of the conditions, with Luke Wood so far wicketless on his return to the county he left last autumn.

Bailey finished the day with figures of one for 55 and Balderson took one for 50 but the other four members of Vilas’ attack rarely looked like making a breakthrough on a day when the bat’s domination of the ball was very clear.  

Lancashire made one change for this game, the left-arm spinner, Tom Hartley, replacing Richard Gleeson, who has a stiff back. In addition to the inclusion of Slater at the expense of Chris Nash, Nottinghamshire picked Tom Barber to replace the injured Jake Ball. 


Yorkshire v Derbyshire (Headingley)

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Day 1: Yorkshire 280-4 v Derbyshire


Dawid Malan scored a superb unbeaten maiden Yorkshire century in challenging conditions as the hosts had much the better of day one against fellow Bob Willis Trophy challengers Derbyshire at Emerald Headingley.

Both sides have won their opening two North Group games, with Derby leading the race for top spot by four points.

However, the visitors, missing the experience of Luis Reece, Ravi Rampaul and Tony Palladino, were unable to capitalise on a couple of openings having won the toss and elected to bowl under slate grey skies.

Yorkshire fell to 40 for two and 106 for four either side of lunch before closing on 280 for four from 78 overs.

Malan finished on 145 not out from 180 balls and Jonny Tattersall unbeaten on 64 from 142. Bad light ended play early.

Fluent Malan’s England team-mate Jonny Bairstow - this will be their last four-day group appearance if they win national limited overs selection for series against Pakistan and Australia - made 22 having been dropped on nought.

The feature of Malan’s knock was his dominant driving - both through the covers and down the ground.

He shared a third-wicket partnership of 66 with Adam Lyth (31) from mid morning to early afternoon and then an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 174 inside 44 overs with a quieter Tattersall.

This is the England left-hander’s competitive home debut for the White Rose following his winter move from Middlesex. 

He hit a friendly half-century here against Durham last month before a match-clinching 73 came against the same opponents at Emirates Riverside in the opening round of this competition at the start of the month.

It was a helter-skelter start to proceedings under the Headingley floodlights - they remained on all day.

Ben Aitchison had Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught at third slip for a duck, off an under-edge as he tried to leave alone, leaving Yorkshire at two for one in the second over.

In the third, Adam Lyth then pulled South African left-armer Michael Cohen for back-to-back sixes.

Bairstow was dropped on nought by Derby captain Billy Godleman at mid-off following an uppish drive at Dustin Melton.

Bairstow went on to drive three boundaries - two particularly convincing either side of mid-off - and pull another before he pushed aggressively at seamer Anuj Dal and edged behind.

That left Yorkshire 40 for two in the 16th over, bringing Malan to the crease.

He shared that 66 with Lyth until early afternoon before Cohen, particularly wayward at the start of the day, returned with more vigour to remove Lyth (31) and Harry Brook (nought) within the space of four balls in the afternoon’s seventh over.

Lyth edged behind to give Harvey Hosein a second victim before Brook edged to Wayne Madsen at first slip, leaving Yorkshire 106 for four in the 35th.

From there, Derby would have hoped for more rewards, with conditions still beneficial. Swing and seam was evident, while there was also evidence of a two-paced surface.

But in Malan they came across a batsman in serene touch as he set about his 26th first-class century.

He reached his fifty off 87 balls and then his century off 136, by which time Yorkshire had gone beyond 200 for a first batting bonus point.

The century stand between Malan and Tattersall - playing as a specialist batsman with Bairstow taking the wicketkeeping gloves - had also been confirmed.

Tattersall’s innings was understated but a crucial foil for Malan, who later lofted Matt Critchley for six over long-off.

Tattersall accumulated and worked the ball well on the way to a 122-ball fifty and will hope to convert that into a first first-class century against county opposition at the start of day two.


Central Group


Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (Sophia Gardens)

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No Play at Cardiff.

There was frustration for Glamorgan and Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens today, when the first day of their championship game was called off by the umpires at 4.00 pm.

There had been continuous rain since early morning, and despite three inspections, then umpires decided that surroundings were too wet for play to start.

This is the first home game for Glamorgan since the end of last season, and Head Coach Matthew Maynard is hoping for an improvement after they lost heavily against Somerset at Taunton in the first game and were struggling against Worcestershire on Tuesday. They were 141 for 7 at the close, after being set 358 in 51 overs.

Maynard’s main concern was the form of the opening batsmen Nick Selman and Charlie Hemphrey, who have scored only 74 runs between them in four innings.” I am looking for better starts with the bat especially after the second innings at Worcester, but we appeared to be a bit casual whereas you need to be switched on all the time”.

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire, after losing their first game against Worcestershire, secured an excellent win against Warwickshire, with their all- rounder Ryan Higgins the matchwinner- taking seven wickets in the second innings.    


Northamptonshire v Worcestershire (Northampton)

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Nathan Buck put Northamptonshire on top with three wickets as Worcestershire made 93 for 5 with rain limiting play to only 37.5 overs on day one at Wantage Road.

Buck returned to the Northamptonshire attack as one of five changes with the home side’s rotation policy continuing and he grasped a rare opportunity to lead the attack.

He struck twice in his opening spell after Worcestershire contested the toss but were given what they wanted as Adam Rossington chose to field.

Buck produced deliveries that held their line from around off stump to have Jake Libby well held by Alex Wakely at second slip for a seven-ball duck before Daryll Mitchell, on 7, was squared up and taken at third by Gareth Berg.

Buck returned after lunch and broke a developing partnership of 41 between Jack Haynes and Brett D’Oliveira 12 balls into the afternoon. Haynes, on 38, was a little tentative to play forward and saw his off stump go cartwheeling. 

Until then, 19-year-old Haynes, playing just his eighth first-class match, had settled well with five boundaries. He cut Blessing Muzarabani sweetly through point and drove Berg past extra-cover, also with crisp timing. 

But his wicket was compound by his partner D’Oliveira also falling with the score on 84. D’Oliveira, having smartly on-driven Buck in reaching 24, went to hook Berg and top-edged a catch to Ben Curran at square leg.

Curran had taken another catch before lunch as Tom Fell lazily clipped Muzarabani also to square leg.

Muzarabani was among the five changes by made Northamptonshire from the side beaten by Somerset with Wakely and Richard Levi playing their first games of the season. Worcestershire swapped Josh Tongue for Charlie Morris from their XI who drew with Glamorgan.

Warwickshire v Somerset (Edgbaston)

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Somerset delivered another dominant performance as they bowled Warwickshire out for 121 and replied with 80 for two on the opening day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. 

Tom Abell's side took immediate control against the brittle Bears, who chose to bat and soon hit 15 for three in the face of a high-class opening spell of 7-5-4-2 from Craig Overton. The England bowler went on to finish with 14-6-17-3 - superb work on a good batting pitch. 

Abell nipped out the tail with 3.2-2-4-3 while Somerset's bowlers were backed up by razor-sharp fielding which included two direct-hit run outs from the skipper and Tom Banton.  

It was cricket bristling with purpose and confidence and, with two wins and 50 points already banked from their first two games, Somerset are strong contenders for a place in the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord's. 

For Warwickshire, it was a day to forget as the batting imploded and the bowling, apart from the excellent Olly Hannon-Dalby toiled fruitlessly in the absence of the injured Liam Norwell and Olly Stone. To cap their joyless day, they also sustained another injury when Matt Lamb suffered a cracked toe while batting. Whether he will bat in the second innings remains to be seen. 

With confidence fragile after their collapse at Bristol last Tuesday, Warwickshire soon hit trouble after electing to bat. Overton swiftly removed Rob Yates, who edged a beauty to wicketkeeper Steven Davies, and bowled Sam Hain who played across a straight one. 

The last thing the home side needed was a self-inflicted wound but that's what followed when Ian Bell called captain Will Rhodes for a sharp single. It was a decent call, a run was there, but Rhodes did not run hard enough and was beaten by Abell's direct hit. 

Bell looked in good nick and added 34 in 11 overs with Lamb but departed in infuriating fashion when he tickled a Lewis Gregory delivery down the leg side to Davies. Lamb went on to 22 (46 balls, five fours) but succumbed to the last ball before lunch when Overton completed his consummate morning's work by bowling the batsman through the gate. 

That sent Warwickshire into lunch 65 for five, after which Michael Burgess and Tim Bresnan took the score to 88 before the former played on to Gregory.  

Somerset were bowling more than well enough not to require gifts but another wicket was then donated to them. Alex Thomson played his first ball to square leg and embarked upon a single but Tom Banton's throw arrived before he did. 

That was two wickets in two balls. Two in three followed six overs later when Abell had Henry Brookes caught at first slip and Craig Miles pouched by the keeper. When, in his next over, Abell induced a nick from Hannon-Dalby, Bresnan, having again batted resolutely, was left unbeaten on 32 (51 balls, seven fours) and Warwickshire were all out in 45.2 overs. 

Somerset's reply was solidly launched by Ed Byrom (30, 54 balls, six fours) and Tom Lammonby (33, 58 balls, three fours) who added 56 in 17 overs before both fell to Hannon-Dalby, caught at first and second slip respectively. 


South Group


Hampshire v Surrey (Arundel)

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Surrey 79/5 having chosen to bat first

Ian Holland belied Hampshire’s fast bowling injury woes to take four wickets in 22 balls to leave Surrey slumped on 36 for five in their Bob Willis Trophy clash at Arundel.

USA international Holland ripped through the Surrey top order along with new ball partner Brad Wheal – with Kyle Abbott, Fidel Edwards, Keith Barker, Ryan Stevenson and Ajeet Dale all unavailable.

Laurie Evans and Jamie Smith set about a recovery for equally depleted Surrey, and their stand was unbeaten on 43 as the visitors reached 79 for five at tea.

Surrey skipper Mark Stoneman won the toss and elected to bat first after no play was completed during the morning session, due to misty-rain and bad light.

That decision almost immediately looked incorrect as Holland began to roll through Surrey with his medium pace.

Stoneman did manage to stroke 12 off the opening over of the innings, as Brad Wheal looked rusty during his first first-class bowl for 825 days.

At the other end, Holland needed just five balls to bowl Ryan Patel – with the left-handed batsman able to block the ball only for it to slowly rotate back and tip his off-stump bail off.

In his next over, the Australia-bred Holland found Scott Borthwick’s outside edge to nick behind for a duck.

Scotland international Wheal then put his injury problems behind him to have Will Jacks lbw – his 10 overs in the session returning 1-29 – before Stoneman was leg before to Holland for 21.

Jason Roy was the last afternoon man to depart on his first red ball appearance since last summer’s Ashes, and first for Surrey for almost two years.

Roy offered no shot to Holland’s in-ducker – which was adjudged to be hitting the off stump – handing the all-rounder his 50th first-class scalp.

Evans and Smith’s methods of rebuilding juxtaposed each other.

Evans, on loan from Sussex, thrashed James Fuller for four successive boundaries, while wicketkeeper Smith score one from his first 35 balls.

They remained at the interval, taken 15 minutes early due to bad light, with Smith on three, from 48, and Evans on 39.

Kent v Middlesex (Canterbury)

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Middlesex 22/1


Bad light and persistent heavy rain restricted play to just 57 balls on the opening day of Kent’s Bob Willis Trophy clash with south group rivals Middlesex in Canterbury.

After winning the toss, Kent, who decided to bowl first in overcast conditions, made their first breakthrough after 4.4 overs when Matt Milnes, following through off his own bowling, snaffled a bat-pad catch that looped up off the front pad and via the inside edge of Max Holden’s bat to make it 11 for one.

With the floodlights shining, rain stopped play after 9.3 overs forcing umpires Nigel Llong and Neil Bainton to invite the players to take an early lunch with the visitors on 22 for one.

Bad light and drizzle had already delayed the start to the match by 75 minutes with the loss of its first 11 overs. Despite a brief abatement to the showers and an umpires’ inspection at 2.45pm, the clouds and rain soon returned forcing play to be abandoned for the day at 3.30pm.     

Earlier, Kent opted against giving a debut to Nathan Gilchrist, their loan signing from Somerset, electing instead to give Fred Klassen, the Netherlands left-armer, only his third first-class appearance. Milnes also returned under rotation to replace Harry Podmore.

However, Last week’s double-century maker Jordan Cox missed out after a breach of club Covid-19 protocols forced him to self-isolate for a week. He was replaced by Joe Denly following his release from England’s bio-secure Test bubble. Heino Kuhn was given leave of absence to be with his wife Trudie for the birth of their first child.

Sussex v Essex (Hove)

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Day 1, Close - Sussex 93 for 2

Opener Phil Salt made 57 before becoming Jamie Porter’s second victim as Sussex reached 93 for 2 from on a rain-affected first day against Essex in the Bob Willis Trophy at Hove.

Play didn’t get underway until 2.30pm because of a wet outfield then drizzle and bad light returned after tea. Only 30 overs had been bowled when umpires Ian Gould and Mark Newell called off play at 6pm.

Salt had been put down at gully by Dan Lawrence in the 18th over on 32 and looked like making south group leaders Essex pay as he reached his third half-century of the season.

But Porter, who had already removed Tom Haines for 14, picked up a second wicket after switching ends when Salt was well taken low down at second slip by Simon Harmer in the 24th over after facing 82 balls and hitting 11 fours.

It could have been an even more productive session for Porter but umpire Newell turned down appeals for a catch at the wicket when neither Harry Finch nor Tom Clark had got off the mark.

In overcast, muggy conditions there was no surprise when Essex chose to bowl first but there was surprisingly little movement through the air for the Essex pace bowlers as Salt and Haines added 38 in 13.3 overs with few problems.

Haines had looked solid in making 14, including two boundaries in an over when Matt Quinn went round the wicket to the left-hander, but he wasted an hour of careful reconnaissance by driving expansively at a ball he could easily have ignored and Harmer held a sharp chance at waist height.

Porter had just switched to bowling down the slope after four unproductive overs from the sea end during which Salt twice drove him down the ground for four.

Salt was quick to punish any bowler who pitched short, pulling Matt Quinn to the boundary in the 21st over after Quinn had replaced Aaron Beard at the sea.

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