Bob Willis Trophy Round 1: Day 4 Latest News and Scores August 1st – 4th
All the latest news and scores from the Bob Willis Trophy Round 1 - Day 4
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge)
Derbyshire 239/10 & 365/7 (71 & 120.5)
Nottinghamshire 324/10 & 279/10 (77.2 & 83.2)
Derbyshire won by 3 wickets
Durham v Yorkshire (Emirates Riverside)
Durham 103/10 & 266/10 (58.4 & 109.2)
Yorkshire 199/10 & 172/4 (62.4 & 44.4)
Yorkshire won by 6 wickets
Yorkshire got off the mark in the Bob Willis Trophy by recording a six-wicket victory over Durham at Emirates Riverside.
Andrew Gale's men required 68 on the final day to secure the win. Even after rain delayed the start of the action, the White Rose wasted little time in getting over the line, needing only 10.4 overs. Dawid Malan made 73 before he was dismissed, but it was Harry Brook that delivered the win, blasting four sixes on the day, including back-to-back maximums to end the contest.
Yorkshire take 19 points from the contest and head into their next match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge with momentum. Durham on the other hand face a challenge to bounce back against Lancashire on home soil, leaving the game with only three points
Rain wiped out the morning session at Emirates Riverside, making the visitors sweat over the potential of play to chase down the total. However, the clouds soon cleared and the action resumed after lunch.
Malan and Brook both settled into the stride at the crease, notching early boundaries to dispel any notion of a miraculous fightback from the hosts. They reached their fifty partnership from 109 deliveries, whittling down the victory target.
Brook signalled Yorkshire's intent to end the game as quickly as possible, producing a sublime hook shot to send a Rushworth delivery over the rope. The 21-year-old lined up Paul Coughlin for the same treatment two overs later, dispatching the ball over the leg-side boundary into the East Stand. Brook reached his half-century with a sublime drive through the off-side, taking 85 deliveries to pass the milestone for the first time this season.
Malan took the attack to the part-time leg-spin of Alex Lees, blasting 12 runs off his first five balls. However, Lees would get a semblance of revenge when the left-hander was caught at long-off by Sean Dickson, who ironically dropped Malan on 32 with the game in the balance. It was only the third wicket of Lees' first-class career and ended a stand worth 98 for the fourth wicket.
Brook was undeterred and carried his team over the line with a late assault to finish 66 not out, hitting Gareth Harte for two sixes on the bounce to reach the victory target with ease.
Leicestershire v Lancashire (Worcester)
Leicestershire 150/3 (15.4)
Lancashire 322/10 & 236/10 (107.5 & 109.1)
Leics won by 7 wickets
Captain Colin Ackermann led the charge as unfancied Leicestershire completed a sensational seven wicket victory with just eight balls remaining in the Bob Willis Trophy match against Lancashire at Blackfinch New Road.
Ackermann finished on 73 not out off just 41 balls as the Foxes chased down their 150 runs off 17 overs target, hitting ten fours and a six in an extraordinary display of shot-making on a slow pitch. Young left-hander Harry Dearden played an important role, hitting Lancashire strike bowler Tom Bailey for consecutive sixes over long-on before reverse-sweeping left-arm spinner Tom Hartley high over extra cover for another maximum.
It was hard to take for a Lancashire side badly hit by England call-ups and injuries, and for whom three bowlers were making a debut, and in particular Steven Croft, who earlier in the day led a determined defensive effort, finishing unbeaten on 52 after facing 185 balls before Lancashire were bowled out for 236 in their second innings.
The morning had seen Leicestershire make an encouraging start after Lancashire resumed on their overnight score of 96-3, Chris Wright finding the inside edge of Rob Jones' bat and seeing the ball loop from the batsman's front pad high into leg side, where George Rhodes, running in from short midwicket, took a comfortable catch.
Lancashire captain Dave Vilas was joined by Croft and the two experienced batsmen dug in. Leicestershire's bowlers knew they had to be patient on a slow, placid track, though Vilas did give one chance, clipping a delivery from left-arm seamer Dieter Klein low down the leg-side, but wicket-keeper Harry Swindells, diving to his left, could not hang on.
It was beginning to look as though Vilas and Croft could match or exceed their first innings partnership of 130 until the shortly before lunch, when the South African tried to steer a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Parkinson through point, only to bottom edge the ball into his stumps.
If that was fortuitous for Parkinson, his next wicket was anything but, George Balderson going back to a delivery which spun sharply back into the left-hander's pads to dismiss him leg before wicket. Croft remained immoveable, but the loss of Danny Lamb, leg before to a full delivery from Ben Mike, lifted Leicestershire spirits as they went in to tea with 32 overs remaining in the match.
Mike made it two in two balls by immediately producing a beauty to find the edge of Bailey's bat, Swindells taking a brilliant one-handed catch to his right. Hartley fought hard before being leg before on the back pad to an Ackermann delivery which turned, and Ed Moulton's second duck of the match left the Foxes a target of almost nine runs an over. Having hit 95 before being run out by his partner in the first innings, Ackermann played superbly to complete a personal return of 168 runs in the match, along with two wickets and some outstanding captaincy in overseeing the taking of 20 wickets on a pitch which offered the bowlers relatively little assistance.
Gloucestershire v Worcestershire (Bristol)
Gloucestershire 267/10 & 270/10 (96.3 & 104.3)
Worcestershire 428/5 & 113/2 (120 & 26.1)
Worcs won by 8 wickets
JOE Leach took four wickets in a devastating five-over spell to propel Worcestershire to an ultimately comfortable eight-wicket victory over neighbours Gloucestershire in the Bob Willis Trophy Central Group.
Afforded hope by George Hankins' battling innings of 69, Gloucestershire were 73 runs ahead with four second-innings wickets in hand when Worcestershire's captain took the second new ball.
Sensing one final opportunity to force the issue, Leach took matters into his own hands, single-handedly eradicating the tail and finishing with figures of 4-70 as the home side were dismissed for 270.
Set 110 to win in 35 overs, Worcestershire reached their target with 8.5 overs to spare, Tom Fell and Jack Haynes staging an unbroken stand of 53 for the third wicket after Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby had afforded the chase a sound start.
Commencing the final day on 135-3, still 26 runs behind, Gloucestershire were indebted to Hankins, whose patient four-hour vigil occupied 195 balls, yielded 69 runs and served to frustrate Midlands ambition. Together with nightwatchman Josh Shaw, who traded almost exclusively in boundaries in making 21, Hankins first helped Gloucestershire eradicate their overnight arrears.
No sooner were the hosts back in credit though, than Shaw succumbed, trapped lbw by Josh Tongue.
Undeterred, Hankins continued to apply himself to the business of steady accumulation, going to 50 via 147 balls, his innings a perfect template for what was required in the circumstances.
No doubt encouraged by memories of Gloucestershire's first-innings collapse, Leach continued to ring the changes, and his imaginative decision to call upon occasional bowler Daryl MItchell paid instant dividends when Ryan Higgins played at and missed a straight ball that rapped him on the back pad.
Worcestershire certainly fancied their chances when removing the hitherto adhesive Hankins shortly after lunch, Tongue cleverly setting him up and then pinning him lbw in his crease for 69. With him went Gloucestershire's best chance of staving off defeat.
Leach took the new ball soon afterwards and quickly accounted for the unfortunate Gareth Roderick, who offered no shot to a ball which appeared to be going high. Set to join the Worcestershire staff next season, Roderick beat a diplomatic retreat having contributed a modest nine.
When debutant Tom Price departed in identical fashion, pinned in his crease by Leach, Gloucestershire were 236-8 - just 75 in front - and deep in trouble. Worse followed, Jack Taylor offering a catch behind on 23 as the irrepressible Leach made it three wickets in as many overs.
Matt Taylor and David Payne hit out in a breezy last-wicket partnership of 31 to hold up the visitors, but their resistance was summarily ended when Leach uprooted the latter's off stump.
If Leach's new-ball heroics caught the eye, it was fellow seamers Tongue and Charlie Morris who laid the foundations for victory, these two taking six wickets apiece in the match.
Worcestershire captain Joe Leach said:
"That's the way we want to play our cricket - that was a brilliant start. Everybody contributed. All four days were fantastic and to win in the final session on the last day is perfect. The whole group has contributed to what was a very thorough and disciplined performance. We knew that, if we were patient, our rewards would come. It was a real lesson in backing up sessions with the ball. When Gloucestershire made such a good start, we didn't panic, we just kept to our way of playing knowing that opportunities would come. This has been a great start for us, but we are aware that we under-performed last season and have had to put in place a new plan for four-day cricket. We've been guilty of playing quick cricket and winning and losing a lot of games in the past, which doesn't stand the test in Division I. We've gone back to the drawing board and this is a good start. This is a good building block and we've shown that our process is sound."
Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said:
"It was a missed opportunity. We did a lot of good work on the first day and should have gone on to make 300-plus. Unfortunately, we lost those wickets on the first day and were then under pressure. Fair play to Worcestershire - they played good cricket consistently and deserved to win. On the plus side, there are a few positive things we can take from this performance and build on. Chris Dent batted beautifully and George Hankins will take a lot of confidence from batting for that length of time. As a bowling unit, we failed to apply enough pressure and were unable to adhere to line and length for long enough. We'll brush ourselves down and be up for the next game against Warwickshire. It's good that the game is here, but we need to play better cricket."
Somerset v Glamorgan (Taunton)
Somerset 296/10 & 290/8 (81)
Glamorgan 131/10 & 166/10 (46.1 & 64.2)
Somerset won by 289 runs
Surrey-bound Jamie Overton marked what could prove his farewell appearance for Somerset with five for 48 to complete a 289-run Bob Willis Trophy victory over Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground Bristol.
Brother Craig finished with two for 31 and match figures of seven for 69 as the visitors’ five remaining wickets fell for 40 runs in 70 minutes on the final morning after they had resumed on 126 for five, 329 runs behind.
Chris Cooke’s battling innings took him from 67 not out overnight to 82 before Jamie Overton had the Glamorgan captain caught at first slip by James Hildreth, having faced 138 balls and hit 10 fours.
But it was too little too late to save his side from a comprehensive defeat in a game they had bossed for the first two sessions. Somerset took 21 points to Glamorgan’s three.
Overcast conditions and pitch that was still responsive to quality pace bowling conspired against the visitors as the Overton twins set about finishing their opponents off.
The first wicket fell after 15 minutes when Graham Wagg chased a short, wide ball from Jamie Overton and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.
What little hope Glamorgan had left disappeared when the same bowler, operating from the River End, produced a fine delivery to end Cooke’s stubborn resistance.
At 153 for seven, Ruaidhri Smith walked out with a runner for the second time in the game, determined to contribute despite the hamstring injury he suffered while bowling in Somerset’s first innings.
But he could make only three before getting a leading edge to Josh Davey, who had replaced Craig Overton, and lobbing a simple catch to Roelof van der Merwe at mid-wicket.
Jamie Overton, whose decision to reject a new Somerset contract and sign for Surrey was announced before the game, produced some jaffas in a hugely impressive spell of 6.2 overs, which yielded three for 16.
He claimed his fifth wicket of the innings with a perfect swinging yorker, which defeated Kieran Bull’s attempt to clamp down on the ball and sent his off stump flying.
Overton’s celebrations suggested he had been determined to sign off his Somerset career in style before moving to the Kia Oval, and it was job done in that respect.
He even had a hand, literally, is finishing the match, diving to his left to hold a slip chance offered by Michael Hogan off Jack Brooks.
Warwickshire v Northamptonshire (Edgbaston)
Warwickshire 369/8 (120)
Northamptonshire 142/10 & 507/6 (51)
Northamptonshire secured a Bob Willis Trophy draw that felt like a win after seventh-wicket pair Adam Rossington and Luke Procter batted through the final day to crush the life out of Warwickshire's victory bid at Edgbaston.
Northamptonshire seemed to be hurling to defeat when, just after lunch on the third day, trailing by 227 on first innings, they hit 148 for five in their second.
But from that point onwards they showed enormous resilience and resolve to bat their way to safety on a flattening pitch.
The great escape was led by Rossington who dug in to deliver the archetypal captain's innings - 135 from 399 balls with 17 fours. After adding 159 with Charlie Thurston on the third day, on the fourth, the skipper added an unbroken 200 in 83 overs with Procter (112 not out, 234 balls, 19 fours) to steer his side to 507 for six, their record total against Warwickshire.
The superb rearguard action left a young Northamptonshire side proud and delighted, but there were the opposite feelings in the home dressing-room. After completely dominating the first two days, Warwickshire let victory slip through their fingers, literally with several dropped catches, while the bowling attack failed to deal with the loss of spearhead Olly Stone.
The absence of Stone, who was off the field having a side injury assessed, was a big blow but did not excuse the lack of potency and control from too many others members of the attack.
Northamptonshire still had plenty to do to get safe in the match when they resumed on the final morning on 317 for six but Procter set down an immediate marker for the day with successive fours off Tim Bresnan.
On a pitch which offered the seamers less and less assistance as the match lengthened, very few balls did not locate the middle of the bat. Rossington reached his seventh first-class century from 227 balls with his 14th four, punched straight off Ryan Sidebottom before, in the next over, Procter posted his 50 from 91 balls with eight fours.
The pair added 98 in the morning, then in the afternoon Rossington dropped anchor deeper than ever. The captain scored just 15 runs in the session, settling for largely strokeless resistance and challenging the home side to find the potency to dislodge him, which they failed to do.
Procter completed his fourth first-class century (202 balls) with his 17th boundary, cut off Rob Yates, in the first over after tea. That Yates, having never before purveyed his off-spin in first-class cricket, was into his 14th over said everything about Warwickshire's bowling performance. They will hope to welcome Liam Norwell and Henry Brookes back into the attack for the match away to Gloucestershire starting next Saturday.
Warwickshire first team coach Jim Troughton said:
"Credit to Northants, they batted very well, but we missed our chances and didn't bowl well enough for long enough to put them under sustained pressure.
"I know the ruling of a 120 overs limit on the first innings is there for a reason but I think, with the advantage we had, we could have really driven it home with maybe 150 overs in the first innings to maybe put them 300 behind. Us having to pull out gave them an opportunity to bat, but, having said that, we didn't bowl well enough.
"So we wlk away with a draw and it is disappointing but there were some good points in terms of how we played the game - a great debut for Tim Bresnan with bat and ball, runs from Rob Yates, Mickey Burgess batted beautifully and Alex Thomson batted really well and to bowl them out for 130 in the first innings was a great effort."
Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley said:
"It was a phenomenal effort from the lads. It started on the third day but even in the huddle before the last day we knew we still had a lot of hard work ahead. One of the things we want to see from the players is resilience and quality later on in games so this was very pleasing. Even though it was a good pitch and Warwickshire were a bowler down, it still takes a lot of concentration and skill to bat for five sessions and lose just one wicket. Rossington, Thurston and Procter batted magnificently and the lads up the order also looked in good form, so it's been a good start for us.
"We never seriously thought about declaring on the final day. It is a very good pitch and there wouldn't have been much in the equation for us. We would have been giving them a target whereby they could go out all guns blazing and then shut up shop if necessary.
"From the position we were in, it feels like a win. I am very proud of the lads."
Essex v Kent (Chelmsford)
Essex 298/10 & 202/8 (108.2 & 69.4)
Kent 387/10 & 112/10 (104.3 & 49.1)
Essex won by 2 wickets
Essex batsman Feroze Khushi:
“It was quite a nervy ending to be honest.
“It was a little nervous in the changing room, although we were generally quite calm because we believed the two guys out in the middle would see us through.
“You are a little on the edge when you see a couple of quick ones but once we were into single figures we were happy with that.
“At 60-odd for four we needed a good partnership to stay in the game so I was happy to get a few runs with Cookie.
“It was nice to bat with someone like Chef [Sir Alistair Cook]. He is a really calming figure and has been a big influence on me.
“He told me to take one ball at a time, but I backed myself as well as I knew I was put in the team for a reason.
“If there is any side who would come back in a game it is us. We are such a hard-working side and it is great to play with that type of guys.
“I know there would have been a lot of people watching me at home on the live stream. It is shame we can’t have a crowd in the ground but I know people are still watching.
“We have started off well and it is kind of like we are carrying on from where we left off last year.”
Kent captain Daniel Bell-Drummond:
“To take the champions from last year and make it a very difficult game in the end means there are a lot of positives to take.
“The third innings collapse was the reason lost the game so the main feeling is of disappointing.
“We are very proud of the bowlers’ efforts and the first innings batting.
“They got a few partnerships but I never thought we were out of it. Credit to the bowlers, they stuck with it throughout. The Essex run rate throughout the match was very low which is testament to the bowlers.
“Ivan Thomas at the end very tight and bowled a brilliant spell into the wind.
“He’s had a tough couple of years with his knee. He hasn’t been able to put performances out there this summer, but he has stayed patient and waited for his chance. He nearly brought it home for us and hopefully he can go from strength to strength.”
Surrey v Middlesex (Oval)
Surrey 282/10 & 123/10 (101 & 62.5)
Middlesex 347/6 & 248/6 (111.3 & 70.2)
Middlesex won by 190 runs
Sam Robson took two wickets in two balls with his occasional leg spin to spark a remarkable 190-run Middlesex victory against Surrey deep inside the final hour of a gripping Bob Willis Trophy London derby at the Kia Oval.
Surrey looked to be holding on quite comfortably for the draw after tea, with Rikki Clarke and Jordan Clark defending resolutely through 23 overs. But, with 16 overs remaining, Robson was thrown the ball by Middlesex’s acting captain Stephen Eskinazi and, with his fourth and fifth deliveries, he removed Clark and Dan Moriarity in dramatic fashion.
Clark, having made 7 from 66 balls, chipped back a long hop and then an ecstatic Robson pinned Moriarty leg-before with a looping leg break which hit the left-hander on the foot as he played forward.
Suddenly, at 119 for 7 rather than 119 for 5, Middlesex smelled blood and it was their former West Indies fast bowler Miguel Cummins who swept them on towards their 22-point triumph, first having Matt Dunn superbly held for 0 at short leg by Max Holden as he fended off a vicious lifter and then bowling James Taylor for 4 with an inswinger.
Clarke, desperately looking to claim the strike with last man Amar Virdi now in, advanced to the fifth ball of the 63rd over – bowled by Nathan Sowter – and the leg-spinner cleverly fired it through the batsman’s legs for keeper John Simpson to gather and complete the stumping as Clarke tried in vain to scramble back into his crease. Clarke, Surrey’s acting captain, made 22 from 104 balls.
The last five Surrey wickets had tumbled for four runs in seven overs and, with 8.1 overs remaining, Middlesex could celebrate a famous win against their greatest rivals. Robson, who had only previously taken four first-class wickets at almost 50 runs apiece but was given two more tidy overs following his memorable intervention, finished with figures of 3-3-0-2 and the impressive Cummins took 3 for 30.
Earlier, Surrey had lost three wickets in as many overs just before lunch, which they took on a wobbly 20 for 3 after Middlesex had set them 314 to win in 71 overs. But then they recovered through a 64-run stand between Ryan Patel and Jamie Smith before both fell to short balls from James Harris and Cummins respectively in the 30th and 33rd overs.
Patel could not believe it when he swung a short ball from Harris high to deep mid wicket to go for 44, while Smith reached a classy 40 before touching a lifter from Cummins, angled across him from around the wicket, as he tried to get his bat out of the way.
Mark Stoneman had been the first Surrey batsman to fall, leg-before to Tim Murtagh for 4 as he prodded defensively forward to the veteran seamer and then, in the next over and with his first ball of the innings, left-arm spinner Thilan Walallawita struck a further blow by having Scott Borthwick smartly taken by wicketkeeper Simpson for 1 as he flicked at a ball turning past his pads from over the wicket.
Then, on the stroke of lunch, Murtagh came in off a shorter run to nip one back through Will Jacks’ defences to bowl him for 0 with the fifth ball of the 11th over. Surrey, who had lost their last seven first innings wickets for just 28 runs on day three, were suddenly fighting for survival rather than dreaming of a glorious victory chase.
Moriarty, a 20-year-old slow left-arm spinner born in Reigate but raised in South Africa, had earlier taken 5 for 64. Like his fellow left-arm spinner Walallawita, he was making his first-class debut and already had 3 for 39 overnight. But he impressed again on the fourth morning of the match after Middlesex resumed their second innings on 184 for 3 looking for quick runs.
Nick Gubbins added just 11 to his overnight 49 before being bowled by Moriarity in extraordinary fashion. Aiming a premeditated reverse sweep, the left-hander lost his balance and was on his hands and knees in the crease as his middle stump was uprooted.
Martin Andersson, resuming on 35 and completing a half-century with successive fours off Virdi, went for 51 from 62 balls, with ten fours, when he lifted a catch to short extra cover off a leading edge to give Moriarty his fifth scalp.
Simpson mishit Virdi’s off spin to deep mid wicket to go for 18 before Sowter, with two not out, came in to keep Harris (17 not out) company before the declaration came at 248 for 6 after an hour’s play at 12 noon.
Sussex v Hampshire (Hove)