Bob Willis Trophy: Latest News and Score Updates from Round 3 Day 4: August 15th-18th
All the latest news, match scores and analysis from Bob Willis Trophy Day Four, Round 3: August 15th-18th.
Durham v Leicestershire (Leicester)
Leicester: Day Four: close of play: Durham 291-8 dec and 0-0 (innings forfeited): Leicestershire 0-0 (innings forfeited) and 208-3. Match drawn. Leicestershire 10pts Durham 10pts.
Set 292 to win off 82 overs after a declaration and two forfeitures, Leicestershire appeared to be cruising to victory when a heavy rain shower at the start of the final hour ended play with the Foxes needing just 84 to win from 16.1 overs in their Bob Willis Trophy match against Durham at the Fischer County Ground.
Hard though the groundstaff, assisted by Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon and his staff, worked to clear the covers, umpires Nick Cook and Neil Mallender felt the ground needed too long to dry to the point where it was safe for play to resume.
The loss of 186.4 overs to the weather over the first three days meant the fourth day began with Durham still in their first innings on 250-7, but negotiations between Ackerman and opposite number Ned Eckersley had clearly been fruitful, as Ackermann threw the ball to opening batsmen Sam Evans and Hassan Azad, neither of whom had previously bowled in first-class cricket.
Remarkably, and to a mixture of amusement and embarrassment, leg-spinner Azad picked up a wicket with just his second delivery, a 'wrong 'un' that spun back sharply and stayed low to bowl batsman Bryden Carse off his pads.
Eckersley and Ben Raine, both former Leicestershire players, then swatted away a few full tosses until Eckersley declared the innings closed, with two forfeited innings following.
Azad and Evans, in rather more familiar roles, added 34 for the Foxes' opening partnership before Carse extracted a measure of revenge, coming on and immediately bowling Azad with a full in-swinging delivery that took the inside edge and knocked out leg stump.
Evans was joined by Harry Dearden, and the young left-hander looked in good touch in going to 23 until Raine pinned him leg before with an in-swinger delivered from around the wicket. Evans dug in, and with Ackermann playing relatively fluently on a wicket of no great pace, passed 50 for the first time for the Foxes, off 134 balls, hitting four boundaries.
The 22-year-old Evans was finally dismissed for 85, clubbing a full toss from occasional leg spinner Cameron Steel straight to mid-on, but Ackermann reached his 50, off 93 balls, and looked to be steering his side to victory when the weather cruelly intervened for a final time.
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge)
Day Four – Close – End of Match: Nottinghamshire 472 drew with Lancashire 173 and 120-0
Nottinghamshire’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Lancashire at Trent Bridge ended in a draw after the visitors lost no wickets in either the afternoon or evening sessions on the final day. At the end of the match Lancashire were 120 without loss with Keaton Jennings on 37 not out and Alex Davies unbeaten on 69.
Nottinghamshire took 16 points from the game to Lancashire nine and both sides will almost certainly now need to win their last two games to stand any chance of qualifying for the final at Lord’s on September 23.
The untroubled ease with which Lancashire’s batsmen secured the draw on a blameless pitch made something of a contrast to their first innings, which ended 90 minutes into the first session with Dane Vilas’s side forced to follow on 299 runs behind after being bowled out for 173.
In the morning it had taken Nottinghamshire nearly an hour to take their first wicket of the day when Steven Croft, having reached his fifty off 103 balls, could only fend Tom Barber’s excellent bouncer to substitute fielder, Liam Patterson-White, in the gully.
Croft’s departure for 59 brought Luke Wood to the wicket, along with the Lancashire skipper, Vilas, who was running for Wood to prevent him further damaging his injured hamstring. However, Vilas was only in the middle for 25 minutes before Wood skied a low full toss from Barber to Ben Slater at short leg and departed for six. Tom Bailey hit his first ball for four but was caught at second slip by Ben Duckett when slashing at his second.
In the next over Liam Hurt was caught by Tom Moores off Peter Trego for a single and Lancashire had lost their last three wickets for five runs in eight balls. Tom Hartley, who is playing in his second first-class match, was left unbeaten on 13. The 22-year-old had batted longer and faced more balls than anyone else in the innings except Croft.
Trego finished with three for 33, Barber three for 42 and Zak Chappell three for 48. Nottinghamshire took eight bonus points from the game to Lancashire’s one and dominated this match for most of the first seven sessions. Nevertheless, Steven Mullaney’s team are still searching for their first four-day win since June 2018
Yorkshire v Derbyshire (Headingley)
Half-centuries for Matt Critchley and Anuj Dal kept Derbyshire top of the Bob Willis Trophy North Group as their clash with fellow pacesetters Yorkshire finished in a draw at Emerald Headingley.
Both sides have now won two and drawn their other fixture.
With only two games remaining, the race to finish top of the group for potential Lord’s final qualification intensifies.
Only the two best placed group winners from the North, South and Central advance, and Derby have a two-point lead over Yorkshire.
Matches in the Central and South Groups also affect their position, and they were left waiting at close to see if Somerset and Essex could both complete their third successive wins.
While Yorkshire have had the better of a heavily weather-affected fixture which has seen 138 overs lost across four days, Derbyshire dominated the second half of the final day when play began at 2.30pm.
Replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 400 for six declared, they advanced from 198 for six from 70 overs to close on 300 for seven declared from 107.1.
Critchley (63 off 159 balls) and Dal (78 not out from 115) frustrated the hosts in impressively calm and assured fashion, sharing 104 for the seventh wicket inside 36 overs.
It was Derbyshire’s first ever seventh-wicket century stand achieved in matches at Headingley.
Critchley and Dal came together late on day three (174 for six) with the 201 follow-on target still in doubt.
That was passed three balls into the fourth day when Critchley uppishly drove Duanne Olivier for four, securing a first batting bonus point in the process.
Batting points two and three were to follow, with the added bonus being that they prevented their hosts from sealing a third bowling point which would have come with taking nine wickets.
Critchley and Dal did not encounter too much trouble from the home bowlers in reaching their first fifties of the summer.
Critchley was first to that milestone in the final 20 minutes of the afternoon, off 127 balls with five fours.
Dal was more positive in reaching his fifty shortly after tea off 86 balls with nine fours.
The evening started with 16 overs left to accrue bonus points (245 for six from 94), and Critchley and Dal began to expand.
Yorkshire’s breakthrough came via 19-year-old new ball seamer Dom Leech when he uprooted Critchley’s off-stump, leaving the visitors at 278 for seven in the 101st over.
But when Dal drove Harry Brook through the covers for four to reach 300, the declaration came immediately to end the match.
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (Sophia Gardens)
Glamorgan (116) and (197/8) drew with Gloucestershire (181).
Glamorgan were grateful for the second successive game to their captain Chris Cooke, who helped his team earn a draw, after they slipped to 138 for 8, a lead of only 73 with plenty of overs remaining. Cooke, who was undefeated on 59, and was at the crease for four and a half hours, was given solid support by No.10batsman Tim Van Der Gugten who was 30 not out.
They survived despite the sterling efforts of Gloucestershire’s two left arm seamers David Payne and Matt Taylor, who excelled throughout- with Payne taking eight wickets in the match. Glamorgan had a lead of 132 with 13 overs remaining when the teams shook hands.
Had the first day not been lost to rain, there could have been an interesting finish as the ball dominated the bat throughout, with still plenty in the pitch for the seamers while the odd ball turned.
Glamorgan began the final day sixty five runs behind and all their wickets intact, but Matt Taylor soon got to work by taking two wickets in his opening two overs. Charlie Hemphrey, whose place must now be in doubt after scoring only seventy two runs in six completed innings, was out LBW.
He was quickly followed by Kiran Carlson, who was dismissed in similar fashion, as he shuffled across his stumps to a ball that came back into him. The two wickets had fallen without any addition to the overnight score,
Nick Selman however stood firm, alternating between attack and defence, and was developing into a useful partnership with Billy Root, one of the few Glamorgan batsmen who has been in any sort of form this season.
After scoring 13, was out to one of the slip catches of the season, taken by George Hankin at second slip. Root dabbed at a delivery intended for the third man area, before it was intercepted by the fielder who dived to his right and hold on in front of first slip.
Selman, who also been short of runs this season, completed a responsible half century, but after adding a further five runs was leg before to Ryan Higgins, in what was the last ball before lunch as play was interrupted by a heavy shower.
When Payne dismissed Dan Douthwaite and Graham Wagg in quick succession, and Kieran Bull was bowled by Graham Van Burren in his first over, Glamorgan had slumped to 131 for 8, a lead on only 73, but Van Der Gugten, who the previous day had dislocated his finger, gave his captain staunch support.
He joined his captain in the 67th over, to remain there for a further 24 overs as Gloucestershire’s hopes receded.
Northamptonshire v Worcestershire (Northampton)
Tom Fell surely possesses a unique perspective on playing cricket and it was a day for him to cherish deeply as his first red-ball hundred since beginning treatment for testicular cancer in 2015 helped his side to a second Bob Willis Trophy victory as Worcestershire beat Northamptonshire by 78 runs at Wantage Road.
His unbeaten 110 allowed Worcestershire to declare on the final morning and set Northamptonshire 263 in 68 overs. It was easily defended as the hosts were bowled out for 184.
Fell was a rising star at New Road and as 21-year-old in 2015 made 1,127 first-class runs at 42. But the hundred he made against Middlesex that September was his last until now. Cancer cruelly halted his career progress but here was evidence that he still has much to give the game.
It was a touching moment when he took his overnight 81 to a sixth first-class century, nudging his 205th delivery to long leg off Gareth Berg. There was visible emotion on the visitors’ balcony.
And no doubt scenes of joy inside the dressing room after Worcestershire completed victory to keep up their challenge for a place in the final. After a poor 2019 in the County Championship, the Worcester Boys are again happy in red-ball cricket.
After Fell reached his hundred, the flare immediately went up and he and Ed Barnard launched 29 in two overs before the declaration came, Worcestershire no doubt mindful of running out of time against Glamorgan.
The target offered hope for Northamptonshire and they began brightly. Ricardo Vasconcelos cut two boundaries, flicked another and beautifully drove Brett D’Oliveira for another four to leave an exciting finish in prospect.
The hosts were going very well at 48 without loss but it was quickly ruined by their latest collapse at they lost 3 for 7 in 10 balls.
Both openers fell in identical fashion. But both decisions against Ben Curran, to Joe Leach for 17, and Vasconcelos, to Josh Tongue for 31, appeared to have some doubt with balls from right-arm over to left-handers that didn’t significantly straighten. Though there was only bemusement as Alex Wakely played a back foot block and somehow lobbed Tongue to mid-on. Covid-19 may have changed much of the world but it hasn’t affected Wakely’s ability to get out in strange ways.
Charlie Thurston nicked behind a brisk Barnard away-swinger soon after. Richard Levi then tried to turn Dillon Pennington to leg and got a leading edge to point where Barnard to a good catch diving forward. Pennington struck again before tea as Saif Zaib wafted outside off and edged behind.
With their top order having failed for a sixth consecutive innings, Northamptonshire went down swinging in the final session. Gareth Berg cut Leach for four but was bowled driving at Tongue. Adam Rossington pulled two boundaries and advanced at Leach to lift him over mid-on. He skewed another four over the slips cordon but eventually skied a catch to Cox off Leach.
The fun continued as Nathan Buck struck three sixes - Leach over midwicket, Pennington and Barnard over long-on, the latter after a sashay down the wicket.
Buck’s unbeaten 24 was the innings’ third-highest score and Northamptonshire took only four points from the game and have very little to show for their three matches so far. Good job they declared their intention to use the Bob Willis Trophy as a development competition before the season began.
The late hitting did save them from consecutive defeats by a three-figure margin but as Barnard took out Jack White’s off stump to finish the game, it completed another disappointing week for a county who made much progress in 2019.
Warwickshire v Somerset (Edgbaston)
Somerset endured the sort of sporting agony that only cricket can supply as rain prevented them closing out victory over Warwickshire in the Bob Willis Trophy at Edgbaston.
After totally dominating the match, Tom Abell's side entered the last day needing only to polish off the home side's second innings. Needing 292 to avoid an innings defeat, Warwickshire, resumed on the final day on 104 for six.
They finished it on 140 for eight to secure a highly unlikely draw.
Somerset bossed the match from ball one. In football terms, they were 10-0 up with ten minutes to play. But this is cricket and, in the bizarre old world of cricket, rain can be the opposition's star player - and the visitors could only watch in dismay from their dressing-room at the Birmingham End as a string of heavy showers swept to Warwickshire's rescue.
Only 15.4 overs were possible in the day. Perhaps most infuriatingly for Somerset, the entire post-tea session, in which there was scope for 37 overs was washed out before the call-off finally arrived at 5.13pm.
The groundstaff battled manfully to shift standing water from the outfield and get the ground playable, but it was not to be. For Somerset, the angst stretched beyond simply being denied the victory they deserved. With only two Bob Willis Trophy final places up for grabs, one of the three group-winners will miss out, so the victory points that disappeared down the Birmingham drains could cost them a place in the Lord's showpiece.
Warwickshire began the final day in need of either some remarkable batting or some serious rain. It was the latter that bailed them out, though some credit must go to seventh-wicket pair Alex Thomson and Henry Brookes who dug in during a bitty morning's play to consume some time.
The morning brought three sessions of play in which the home side scored 11 without loss in four overs, one without loss in 0.4 overs and 22 for one in 9.2 overs.
The latter burst brought Somerset's only success of the morning when Brookes (12 from 40 balls), having impressively reined in his attacking instincts, tried to leave a ball from Lewis Gregory but deflected it on to his stumps.
Much to Brookes' frustration, before another ball could be bowled, the rain returned to expedite an early lunch, at which Warwickshire were 138 for seven.
Further heavy showers kept Somerset waiting until 3pm for a resumption but by 3.02pm they had made another breakthrough. Craig Overton's third ball rose off a length and Thomson (26, 101 balls, five fours) edged to wicketkeeper Steven Davies.
Somerset sensed the kill but again were sent from the field by rain before they could deliver it. They might have noted with a degree of irony that the 20-minute tea interval passed largely in sunshine. Then the ground was hit by another heavy shower - and another - and Somerset were cruelly thwarted once and for all.
Hampshire v Surrey (Arundel)
Surrey 172 & 74 lost to Hampshire 298 by an innings and 52 runs
James Fuller became the 15th player to take a hat-trick for Hampshire, and the first for anyone in the Bob Willis Trophy, to help his side to a sensational innings victory over Surrey.
Fast bowler Fuller (4-17) dismissed Laurie Evans, Gus Atkinson and Morne Morkel in successive deliveries to take Hampshire’s first hat-trick since Kyle Abbott against Worcestershire two years ago.
The feat came as Hampshire bowled Surrey out for 74 to win by an innings and 52 runs at Arundel.
Hampshire have now won back-to-back matches in the competition and took 21 points from the contest, while winless Surrey claimed three.
Hampshire had been targeting a building a big lead, quickly, in the morning before hoping Mason Crane could spin them to victory.
That wasn’t how things materialised.
Firstly, their hopes of expanding their lead was thwarted by rain showers, which lobbed an hour, and 15 overs, out of the proceedings.
Secondly, they lost wickets quickly, without boosting their lead considerably – as they were bowled out for 298, leading to the draw to become the favourite result.
But their plans were put back on track thanks to some clinical bowling with the new ball – which built pressure – before Fuller produced his magic.
Mark Stoneman was given a life on nought when he was dropped by Tom Alsop at second slip, but at the other end Wheal made the breakthrough when Ryan Patel nicked behind to Lewis McManus.
Alsop made amends for his earlier butterfingers by holding his next chance off Stoneman’s edge.
Will Jacks quickly followed when he was lbw to Ian Holland, who took a six-wicket haul in the first innings.
It only took Mason Crane two deliveries to show off his danger when he pinned Scott Borthwick in front, to leave Surrey 27 for four. That became 39 for five when Jason Roy was lbw to Fuller after tea.
It was a precursor for what was to come for Fuller as he turned a potential win into an almost sure-fire thing.
Former Middlesex all-rounder Fuller only bowled two overs in the first innings after he was smashed for 17 off an over, but showed promise by starting his second innings spell with two maidens.
Then he burst into life with the 19th hat-trick in Hampshire history.
The South African-born New Zealander’s pace did for Sussex loanee Evans, who nicked to Alsop at first slip, before Atkinson was lbw and Morkel turned around to find his off-stump two yards back while leaving.
Amazingly, it wasn’t Fuller’s maiden first-class treble – having taken one for Gloucestershire against Worcestershire in 2013.
After a seven-over blockout from Matt Dunn and Jamie Smith, the former was adjudged lbw to Crane.
And Hampshire's victory was confirmed when Amar Virdi was lbw to Crane (3-19) - the 14th by an innings this century.
Earlier, Alsop had scored a magnificent half century on day three but fell to Virdi for 87 when he edged to a jubilant Scott Borthwick at first slip.
Came fell two balls later when he was pinned on the crease, before Dunn had Fuller plumb in front with the first ball on the next over and Holland soon chopped on to his own stumps.
Lewis McManus picked out Jason Roy on the square-leg boundary, while debutant Tom Scriven was bowled attempting to yahoo off-spinner Virdi over cow corner.
Virdi now has 14 wickets in the Bob Willis Trophy – the second-best haul for a spinner in the country - after his six for 101.
Dunn rounded off the innings by sending Wheal’s middle stump cart-wheeling, although Crane had played a good hand with a shot-a-ball 25 not out.
Kent v Middlesex (Canterbury)
Middlesex, who lost the toss, 269 all out & 169/1 dec, drew with Kent 191 all out & 70/0 dec. Kent 11pts, Middlesex 13pts. At the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.
By Mark Pennell (ECB Reporters’ Network)
Middlesex and Kent shared the Bob Willis Trophy spoils in Canterbury despite a late declaration that gave the dominant visitors a glimmer of hope at pulling off a fourth-day upset.
As it was, Kent’s unlikely pursuit if 248 ended just after 5pm with the hosts on 70 without loss and with first-bumps all-round – no handshakes allowed under Covid-19 protocols – to mark the draw.
Having shot out their south group hosts for a modest 191 at the start of the day, Middlesex had set about extending their 78-run first-innings lead through openers Sam Robson and Max Holden.
Accelerating after the lunch interval, they posted a 50 stand from 82 balls forcing Kent skipper Sam Billings to go on the defensive with his field placings in order to stem the run rate.
Robson should have gone for 23 but his edged cut against Fred Klassen was downed by Billings stationed at sole slip.
In slowing the over rate and stemming the flow of runs, Kent hoped to reduce the likelihood of Middlesex snatching a last gasp win. Even so, Holden reached a half-century off 60 balls with six fours and celebrated with a straight six off spinner Marcus O’Riordan.
The century opening stand came up in the 25th over and Robson posted his maiden 50 of the Trophy campaign from 96 balls and with four boundaries.
With the lead already over 200, the first-wicket stand ended for 143 when Holden, on 72, sliced an attempted lofted drive against O’Riordan to Denly at extra cover.
Inexplicably, Robson barely picked up the pace thereafter and had reached 82 not out from 143 when the players went in at tea. With his side 247 ahead, Stevie Eskinazi declared late in the interval, asking Kent to chase a nominal target of 248 in 32 overs at an asking rate of 7.75/over.
Batting again by 4.05pm, Kent resisted tinkering with the order or attempting any suicidal pursuit, allowing Daniel Bell-Drummond and O’Riordan to successfully see off the new ball bursts of Miguel Cummins and Ethan Bamber on what was a flat, fourth-day pitch.
O’Riordan reached a career-best 34 not out and Bell-Drummond was unbeaten on 31 when the status quo was formally agreed just after 5pm and with 18 of the scheduled overs remaining.
Kent had started the final day on 146 for five in their first innings and trailing in the match by 123 runs, but conspired to lose their last five wickets for 23 runs in the space of 11 overs with Cummins taking five for 62.
In his warm-up over the Bajan dangerman allowed Kent’s night watchman Matt Milnes to clip two leg-side fours to move smoothly into double figures. But, with his score on 16, Milnes went back in defence to the speedy West Indian and dragged the ball onto off stump.
Joe Denly moved to within 11 runs of a century when his near three-and-a-half hour stay with 14 fours came to a surprise end. Shouldering arms to a James Harris off-cutter, Denly appeared bemused when the ball grazed off stump to dislodge one bail.
Four runs later, Darren Stevens meekly followed a Martin Andersson away-swinger to steer the ball off the bat face to second slip with a shot more akin to pre-match slip-catching practise.
Three balls later, Grant Stewart, in aiming to leg against Harris, looped a chance to point off a leading edge to be well caught, overhead by a leaping Max Holden.
Cummins returned to claim his fifth wicket by dismissing Hamidullah Qadri from a sliced, back-foot steer caught at third slip, and ensure Kent missed out on a batting bonus point by nine runs.
Cummins, easily the fastest of the bowlers on display here, finished with five for 62, his best figures for Middlesex and for the past three seasons, while Andersson and Harris bagged two apiece.
Sussex v Essex (Hove)
Sussex 194 & 141, Essex 140 & 80-2 - Day 4, tea
Essex are in a good position to claim their third win in the Bob Willis Trophy as they chased down a target of 196 to beat Sussex at Hove.
Having dismissed Sussex for 141 in their second innings, with Simon Harmer taking five for 54, Essex reached 80 for two at tea on the final day, needing 116 more to win from 31 overs.
Alastair Cook and Nick Browne launched the run chase with a confident stand of 42 in nine overs but George Garton, who took five wickets in their first innings, dragged Sussex back into contention by removing both openers in the space of five balls.
With his fifth delivery the left-armer had Cook (26) well caught low down at slip when he drove at an out-swinger. And in his next over Browne unwisely tried to turn a yorker-length ball to leg and was lbw for 19.
But Tom Westley (13) and Dan Lawrence (14) added 31 together to tilt the balance back in Essex’s favour.
Earlier, Harmer claimed his 20th five-wicket haul in only his 47th match for Essex as Sussex struggled against the off-spinner’s accuracy and a seam attack admirably led by Jamie Porter, whose three wickets gave him eight in the match.
Porter broke through in the sixth over of the day when Salt (23), driving loosely, got a thin edge to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater. Sussex scored just 15 runs in the first 11 overs of the day and there was little respite when Harmer came into the attack.
Tom Clark (10) was leg before only half forward before Ben Brown (5) was beaten in the flight and stumped as he came down the pitch. Harmer struck again with the last ball before lunch when Garton (1) padded up.
The South African completed his five-for by removing Stuart Meaker (4) and the dangerous Delray Rawlins, the only Sussex batsmen who looked comfortable against Harmer. Rawlins made 40 off 42 balls with sixes off successive balls when he deposited Harmer over mid-wicket. The left-hander was lbw sweeping a full-length ball, having just reverse-swept Harmer for his sixth boundary.
Rawlins put together a valuable stand of 40 for the sixth wicket which ended when Aaron Thomason (13) clipped Matt Quinn’s slower ball to square leg.
Porter wrapped up the innings to finish with three for 28 when he plucked out Henry Crocombe’s off stump.
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