Bob Willis Trophy: Latest News and Score Updates from Round 3 Day 2: August 15th- 18th
All the latest news, match scores and analysis from Bob Willis Trophy Day Two, Round 3: August 15th- 18th.
Durham v Leicestershire (Leicester)
Leicester: Day Two: close of play: Durham 227-6
Rain and bad light meant only 22.3 overs were possible, during which 51 runs were scored and three wickets fell, on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy first-class match between Leicestershire and Durham at the Fischer County Ground.
After the morning was lost to the weather, play began shortly before one o'clock, and Durham quickly lost the wicket of opener Alex Lees, who had added just two to his overnight score of 62 when the left-hander got a thin edge to an out-swinger from Foxes' seamer Tom Taylor and was caught by wicketkeeper Harry Swindells.
Lees was replaced by Jack Burnham, who hit six boundaries, five sweetly struck through the off-side, in going to 31, and who had built an unbroken partnership of 43 for the fifth wicket with Gareth Harte (14 not out) when the light closed in again and the umpires called an early tea.
On the return – again delayed – Burnham edged a Will Davis out-swinger to second slip, where Colin Ackermann took a neat catch low to his left, and two balls later Harte edged a fine delivery from Gareth Griffiths, Swindells taking the catch two handed to his right.
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge)
Close of Play – Day Two – Nottinghamshire 268 for 2 v Lancashire at Trent Bridge
No play was possible on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Nottinghamshire and Lancashire at Trent Bridge.
Five inspections took place and play was not abandoned until 4.30, when it was decided that the ground was too wet to allow any cricket to take place on Sunday.
The weather forecast for the next two days is not particularly promising but it is hoped that at some stage Nottinghamshire will resume on 268 for two in their first innings with Ben Slater on 111 not out and Joe Clarke unbeaten on four.
Yorkshire v Derbyshire (Headingley)
CLOSE DAY TWO: Yorkshire 288-4 v Derbyshire, Emerald Headingley
Dawid Malan moved from 145 to 153 not out during the only over possible on day two of his competitive home debut as Yorkshire and Derbyshire were frustrated by the weather at Emerald Headingley.
Rain and bad light is threatening to ruin this third round Bob Willis Trophy clash between the two teams with 100 percent records at the top of the North Group.
Derbyshire lead the way by four points in the bid for top spot, but Yorkshire have had the better of play so far in advancing to 288 for four from a total of 79 overs.
Left-arm quick Michael Cohen bowled the only over of the day, which was initially delayed until 3pm due to rain.
Malan pulled and cut him for two boundaries, the second of which brought up a sublime 150 off 185 balls, including 23 fours and a six.
Almost immediately, umpires Peter Hartley and James Middlebrook took the players off for bad light. Shortly afterwards it started raining, and play was called off for the day at 4.50pm.
Malan and Jonny Tattersall, who was stuck at the non-striker’s end on 64 not out, have shared an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 182.
It is likely that Yorkshire’s first priority at the start of day three will be to get the 112 runs they need in 31 overs to reach 400 and claim the maximum five batting bonus points.
Derby need five wickets in that time to secure three bowling points.
With only the two best placed group winners advancing to next month’s five-day final at Lord’s, bonus points could easily be a deciding factor come the end of the five-game group stage.
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (Sophia Gardens)
When heavy rain brought a premature halt to proceedings in Glamorgan’s first game at their headquarters fort eleven months, the home team were struggling in their first innings against Gloucestershire’s five- man seam attack.
After two sessions, the home team had laboured to 80 for 5 from 48 overs- a run rate of just 1.6 runs an over, after Chris Dent, the visitors’ captain had no hesitation in inserting the opposition under cloudy skies and on a greenish pitch that had been covered for some time after the first day had been washed out.
The bowlers rewarded their captain by bowling a full length, and with two left arm seamers and three others of the right arm variety, Glamorgan’s batsmen were given no respite. They were so disciplined that only two boundaries were struck in front of the wicket throughout the 48 overs.
Nick Selman and Charlie Hemphrey, the Glamorgan opening batsmen have experienced a difficult start to this abbreviated season, scoring only 86 runs between them in four innings. Although they survived the 18 overs bowled before lunch- there was an hour’s delay at the start- they soon departed when play resumed.
Josh Shaw, the former Yorkshire bowler, who has twice been on loan to the county, but has now signed for them, accounted for both openers shortly after lunch when Selman, driving outside the off stump, edged a catch to George Hankins at second slip.
In his next over, Shaw bowled Hemphrey, who was pushing down the wrong line, as Gloucestershire’s bowlers continued to dominate. The conditions did favour them, but they responded so well that there was plenty of playing and missing from the batsmen, and apart from Billy Root- who scored 113 in the previous game- no other batsman was secure at the crease.
Kiran Carlson attempted an ambitious off drive, but edged to the wicket keeper, then captain Chris Cooke was LBW to one that nipped back off the pitch.
Tom Cullen did add 20 runs with Root, before he nicked one to give Roderick his second victim, and Glamorgan will hope that Root, who abandoned his attacking instincts to play watchfully during his time at the crease, and the lower order can guide Glamorgan to a first innings total their bowlers are able to defend.
The heavens opened shortly after the players went to tea, with play eventually abandoned for the day at 5.15.
Northamptonshire v Worcestershire (Northampton)
Northamptonshire 90 for 4
Riki Wessels has a storied history of playing against Northamptonshire and he penned another paragraph on the second morning at Wantage Road to help give Worcestershire the upper hand after day two. His 88 in 78 balls hauled his side to 219 before Northamptonshire closed 90 for 4 as rain took out the final session.
Wessels has always gritted his teeth a little firmer against the county he was forced to leave in 2010 due to visa issues and whom sacked his father Kepler as coach mid-way through the 2006 season.
It helps that he possesses tremendous ball-striking with which to channel that ire and struck 12 boundaries to give Worcestershire a useful score on another Wantage Road pitch offering help for the seamers. Without him, they would have very little after slipping to 84 for 5 and losing their last five wickets for only seven runs in 30 balls.
Last Sunday, Somerset reckoned that positive play was the only method to succeed and here Wessels followed suit. Three times he took respectable deliveries from just outside off over midwicket as Worcestershire sprung from 100 to 150 in only 33 balls.
Wessells cut Jack White to third man for his eighth boundary to raise a half-century in 46 deliveries but Saif Zaib’s left-arm spin proved too tempting as he chased a century. He crashed one boundary over mid-on before missing with a second attempted heave.
It ended a stand of 128 for the sixth wicket with Ben Cox, who cut, flicked and pulled Nathan Buck for three of his four boundaries as he made 39.
Wessels’ wicket prompted an extraordinary collapse but rather run-of-the-mill for those watching at Wantage Road over the past week.
Cox dragged Blessing Muzarabani into his stumps, Ed Barnard, having not scored for 10 balls, ran at Zaib and skied a third catch of the innings to Ben Curran at deep point, Joe Leach was stuck in his crease and lbw to Muzarabani before Dillon Pennington poked the next ball to first slip.
But Worcestershire had reached a competitive total and when Barnard took two wickets after lunch, Northamptonshire were in trouble at 60 for 4.
Alex Wakely’s first innings of 2020 brought a half-century. But only that of balls faced as he scratched around for just nine before slashing at a hideously wide delivery to toe-end a catch high to Wessels at first slip.
Then Richard Levi, like Wakely making his seasonal bow, pushed forward far too firmly and edged to Daryl Mitchell at second slip.
Leach had struck first from round the wicket as Ricardo Vasconcelos, having edged Leach through the slips for four before lunch, pushed at a full ball and this edge carried to third slip where Tom Fell took a smart low catch towards his left boot.
Curran sweetly punched Leach off the back foot for four and then took a confident step down the wicket to whip him through midwicket working the angle. But he got caught in two minds in dealing with a back of a length ball from Josh Tongue and lobbed a catch to square leg off a top edge. It continued an annoying theme for Curran of looking the part but failing to find runs to firm up the perception.
Wobbing, Charlie Thurston and Zaib settled the home side to tea with a brisk partnership. Thurston played two very pleasant back foot punches off Tongue among four boundaries in getting to 20 while Zaib’s 19 included pulling Leach over midwicket and into the gardens of the Clarke Road terraces.
Warwickshire v Somerset (Edgbaston)
Somerset remain well on course for a third successive Bob Willis Trophy victory despite rain holding up their advance against Warwickshire on the second day at Edgbaston.
On a murky day in Birmingham, rain wiped out the first session completely and interfered with the second and third so that 55 overs were lost from the day, but Somerset dodged the showers to take their first innings to 214 for six - a lead of 93.
Steven Davies led the way with an assertive unbeaten 56 (85 balls, ten fours) to give his side a significant advantage and fully capitalise upon the skills shown by their bowlers in dismissing the home side for 121 on the first day.
After rain prevented play in the morning, Somerset resumed after an early lunch on 80 for two and did not add to their overnight score before James Hildreth, having hewn just a single from 43 minutes of toil, pulled Tim Bresnan to Alex Thomson at mid-wicket.
Olly Hannon-Dalby held the Warwickshire bowling together in familiarly big-hearted fashion. The Yorkshireman collected his third wicket of the innings when former Bears academy player Tom Banton was adjudged lbw, somewhat harshly as the ball appeared to be heading down leg-side.
Tom Abell (41, 82 balls, eight fours) then fell to Craig Miles when he feathered a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess. That left Somerset on 130 five, just nine ahead but Davies and Craig Overton (25, 33 balls, four fours) added 61 in 15 overs.
The latter was pinned lbw by Bresnan but Lewis Gregory offered Davies further support in an unbroken stand of 23 before bad light and drizzle closed in for the final time.
Hampshire v Surrey (Arundel)
Surrey 130/8 having won the toss and elected to bat
Ian Holland secured his maiden first-class five-wicket haul but Hampshire's dominance was thwarted by the rain at Arundel in the Bob Willis Trophy.
All-rounder Holland, who had taken four wickets on the first day, added Laurie Evans and Gus Atkinson to his total to take his analysis to six for 39.
Sussex loanee Evans had scored his first half-century for Surrey since 2010 but his side remained in trouble on 130 for eight but rain only allowed 16 overs on day two.
Holland has had a unique cricketing career.
He was born in Wisconsin, USA, brought up in Australia, played age-group cricket for Victoria, was released then earned back a contract by winning reality TV show Cricket Superstar - where he was judged by Aussie great Allan Border.
He played once for the Victoria state side in the Sheffield Shield before being picked up by Hampshire in 2017 – for whom he has batted throughout the order in 36 matches – and earned an international bow for the USA last year.
Holland was forced to wait to make the morning breakthrough as Evans and Jamie Smith continued their partnership, with conditions slightly less conducive for similar movement to the opening day.
Evans is back at Surrey on a short-term loan, due to large scale unavailability, having spent five years as a professional between 2005 and 2010.
The 32-year-old had returned with a solid 41 against Essex last week but went one better to post his first first-class half-century for the county for a decade.
After 11 morning overs, Holland did make a breakthrough when Evans, who needed 64 balls for his adventurous fifty, was lbw for 65.
Evans had added 84 with Smith, and was quickly followed back to the boundary edge.
Tom Scriven, on his first-class debut, found lovely movement away from Smith to take the outside edge, through to Lewis McManus – Scriven’s maiden professional wicket.
Atkinson was Holland’s sixth victim when he was leg before – with the covers coming on four balls later, with lunch taken 45 minutes early.
But that rain continued, and got heavier, throughout the early afternoon to force umpires Ben Debenham and Billy Taylor to abandon play at 2.20pm.
Hampshire all-rounder Tom Scriven:
“The rain was on the forecast but it is still frustrating.
“It was a great feeling to get my first first-class wicket and was an important one in the circumstances of the game.
“It was a nice ball. It had a bit of late shape and it got him driving which is what I wanted him to do, and it was one of those days where you get the nick.
“I thought I bowled nicely. First game and first spell there were a lot of enjoyable nerves.
“Dutchy [Holland] bowled beautifully to get his wickets, it was great bowling and it is a shame that a lot of this game has been taken out by the weather.
“Any first team cricket is a big opportunity. You want to play well in front of the coaches and for yourself to prove you can play at this level.”
Surrey batsman Laurie Evans:
“Hampshire deserve credit. They bowled well and put the ball in the right areas and there is a bit of lateral movement off the wicket and a bit of low bounce.
“It isn’t easy to bat but me and Smithy just tried to apply ourselves and put the bad balls away.
“Coming in when you are so many wickets down the pressure is off you, and being an aggressive player, I want to put the bad balls away.
“They were searching for wickets and I was lucky enough to put them away.
“Smudge at the other end was soaking up the pressure and deserves a lot of credit.
“It felt great [to get a first Surrey fifty for 10 years]. This club is where I started and means a lot to me even though it feels different to back then.
“It feels nice to come back, play for Surrey and get an opportunity in red-ball cricket.
“It felt like 220-250 would be a good score. With our bowling attack, you never know. We have some quality in our line up.”
Kent v Middlesex (Canterbury)
Close day two: Middlesex, 123/6
Kent’s bowlers enjoyed the best of a second dreary day as visitors Middlesex stumbled to reach 123 for six after 61.5 overs of the first innings and at the mid-point of this rain-ruined Bob Willis Trophy clash in Canterbury.
Having lost 80.3 overs to bad light and showers on Saturday, the two south group sides sparred for runs and wickets throughout an overcast morning session before rain returned three overs after lunch to wash out another 46 overs from the match.
Resuming on their overnight score of 22 for one at 11am, Middlesex’s second-wicket partners Sam Robson and Stevie Eskinazi found runs hard to come by against the frugal new-ball attack of Matt Milnes and Darren Stevens.
The visitors garnered only 10 runs in the opening half-hour before visiting captain Eskinazi, on nine, groped for a Stevens away-swinger and edged low to keeper Oli Robinson, who took the catch in one glove diving away to his right.
A double bowling change led to the introduction of Grant Stewart and Fred Klassen, but Kent’s tactic to restrict the flow of boundaries continued to reap rewards.
In a tidy, seven-over stint down the Nackington Road slope Klassen, a 27-year-old left-armer making only his third first-class appearance, helped maintain the stranglehold on the run-rate as Middlesex mustered only three boundaries in the opening hour, one of which came via a thick outside edge to third man.
Having faced 86 balls for his 36 runs, Robson chipped a Klassen in-ducker to Daniel Bell-Drummond at short mid-wicket then, seven overs later, Martin Andersson mistimed an attempted on-drive to another Klassen in-swinger and clipped a firm return catch to the Netherlands’ bowler.
The clouds returned three overs into the mid-session and shortly after 2pm with the rain strengthening in intensity throughout the afternoon. But the torrent abated by 4pm and, after two inspections and tireless work by the groundstaff, umpires Nigel Llong and Neil Bainton decided play could re-start at 5.30pm with 16 overs remaining in the day.
The joust between bat and ball continued under blue skies and in bright sunshine after the resumption, yet Middlesex needed 8.3 overs to record their first boundary of the evening session with four leg byes to fine leg.
Nevertheless, fifth-wicket partners Jack Davies and Robbie White dug in to take their partnership to 40 before Davies (13), off-balance and working to leg across an in-swinger, went lbw to Stevens.
With the penultimate ball of the day Klassen ran one across left-hander John Simpson (10) and found the outside edge for another spectacular tumbling catch by Robinson.
Klassen improved his career-best first-class figures to finish the day with three for 19 while Stevens closed with two for 32.
Sussex v Essex (Hove)
Simon Harmer produced another impressive performance for champions Essex on a rain-affected second day against Sussex in the Bob Willis Trophy at Hove.
The South African off spinner bowled 16 overs unchanged to pick up two more wickets to add to the 20 he has already taken in Essex’s previous matches against Kent and Surrey.
He sent down nine maidens and removed skipper Ben Brown and Delray Rawlins with Sussex 155 for six from 61 overs when rain drove the players off just before lunch.
The rain eventually gave way to bright sunshine but after a second inspection at 5pm umpires Ian Gould and Mark Newell decided there would be no further play because of a wet outfield with the run-ups a particular concern. Just 31 overs had been possible.
With two days left it is difficult to see how south group leaders Essex can chisel out a third victory out of three, although while they have Harmer there is always a chance.
The 31-year-old’s 16 overs cost just 21 runs and although only the occasional delivery turned off the straight, Sussex’s batsmen – most of whom were encountering Harmer for the first time in red-ball cricket – could do little more than survive because of his consistent line and length.
Sussex skipper Brown looked to attack and came down the pitch to deposit him beyond mid-on in the 41st over after Harmer for once dropped slightly short, but Brown departed in his next over when attempting to hit over the top again only to offer an easy catch to Simon Walter at mid-on.
Rawlins was similarly determined not to get tied down but he mis-judged a sweep, the ball looping up off his glove to Alastair Cook at slip for seven.
There wasn’t much respite at the other end for Sussex who had resumed on 93 for two under overcast skies and with the floodlights quickly in use. A slow outfield didn’t always give batsmen full value for their shots either.
Jamie Porter, who removed both Sussex openers on a rain-affected first day, was as effective as Harmer in drying up the runs.
He picked up his third wicket of the innings in the third over of the day when Harry Finch (21) edged to slip attempting a forcing shot off the back foot. Porter sent down six overs in his pre-lunch spell at a cost of just seven runs with three maidens.
Teenager Tom Clark took 30 balls before he got off mark with a thick edge off Porter to the third man boundary but the 19-year-old, who made his maiden first-class half-century against Kent last week, looked the most secure of the Sussex batsmen, defending solidly against Harmer and looking for scoring opportunities against the seam bowlers.
But having survived for 97 minutes and reached 21 from 82 balls, the 19-year-old left-hander was superbly caught low down at backward point by substitute fielder Feroze Khushi for 21 to give Aaron Beard his first wicket.
Aaron Thomason, the former Warwickshire all-rounder playing only his fourth first-class match, has so far resisted for nearly an hour for 14 while George Garton is unbeaten on eight, but it was somewhat ironic that while his team-mates struggled, Laurie Evans made 65 during his second game on loan for Surrey against Hampshire a few miles away at Arundel.
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