Bob Willis Trophy Round 2: Day 2 Latest News and Scores August 8th – 11th
All the latest news and scores from the Bob Willis Trophy Round 2 - Day 2 - August 8th – 11th
Durham v Lancashire (Riverside)
Lancashire are in control of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Durham at Emirates Riverside, holding a lead of 104 runs over the home side after day two of the contest.
Josh Bohannon notched the fifth half-century of his first-class career, scoring a patient 75 to provide the foundation of the visitors' innings. The Red Rose added two batting bonus points to their tally aided by a valuable knock from Luke Wood in the lower order.
Durham's bowlers persevered throughout the day with Matt Salisbury and Ben Raine taking three wickets apiece. However, they face a major effort to launch a comeback on the third day with their hopes in the competition hanging in the balance.
The hosts made immediate inroads into the Lancashire batting line-up as Raine struck three deliveries into the morning session. Alex Davies was late withdrawing his bat on an attempted leave and could only edge the ball into the hands of David Bedingham. Chris Rushworth maintained the intensity from the Lumley End. He ended Keaton Jennings' stay at the crease, finding his outside edge before Alex Lees claimed the catch at third slip at the third attempt.
Bohannon and Dane Vilas steadied the ship after the loss of the openers, although both batsmen were forced to be on their guard amid tight bowling from the hosts. Rushworth believed that he had notched his second wicket of the morning, nipping one back into Bohannon's pads, only to see his appeal turned down. Bohannon and Vilas grinded their way to their fifty partnership from 112 balls before the Lancashire skipper was dismissed. Vilas survived an lbw appeal from Rushworth, but then knicked off on the stroke of lunch to Gareth Harte for a solid innings of 32.
Liam Livingstone attempted to provide impetus after the restart, scoring boundaries off Raine and Harte. However, a change in ball resulted in his downfall, driving on the up against Raine, only to edge into the hands of Bedingham. Bohannon's resistance continued, although he did earn a slice of fortune, edging narrowly wide of gully after Brydon Carse found the outside edge. The 23-year-old passed fifty for the first time in the campaign, reaching the milestone by nudging three runs into the off-side from his 129th delivery.
Steven Croft combined with Bohannon to whittle down Durham's advantage. In the 58th over, the visitors forged ahead, but Salisbury broke the stand for the fifth wicket at 48, pinning Croft lbw for 16. Salisbury could have removed George Balderson for a duck, but Sean Dickson put down a routine chance at first slip.
After tea, Lancashire pressed on and secured their first batting point, although Rushworth soon returned to prise out Balderson for 11 as Bedingham held on at second slip. The visitors pressed on as Wood added quick runs, notching five boundaries to propel his team towards the second batting point. Bohannon's innings came to an end on 75 when he was clean bowled by Salisbury, losing his off-stump in the process.
Wood ensured that Lancashire added another point to their total, driving Salisbury straight down the ground to the fence. Raine dismissed Liam Hurt to claim his third scalp, while he saw a good shout for an lbw appeal turned down against Wood. The left-hander made the most of his opportunity pressing his score within sight of a deserved fifty. Salisbury returned to end Wood's hopes, knocking out his middle stump for 46 before the close.
Leicestershire v Derbyshire (Grace Road, Leicester)
Leicestershire 199 and 2-0
A Wayne Madsen century, the 31st of the South African's first-class career and his fifth against Leicestershire, helped Derbyshire establish an intimidating first innings lead of 209 on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy match at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.
Madsen's hundred came off 172 deliveries and included 17 fours, the last of which a sweetly timed on-drive which saw him bring up the landmark three figures off the bowling of Will Davis. The Leicestershire seamer extracted a measure of revenge moments afterwards however, bringing one back in through the gate to hit middle and off.
Madsen's was the second of three wickets picked up by Leicestershire in an afternoon session during which the Foxes' bowlers finally managed to exert a measure of control, dragging the scoring rate – five an over for much of the Derbyshire innings – back under four.
The first wicket to fall after lunch was that of Leus du Plooy, who was on 55 when he tried to deflect a high leg side bouncer from left-armer Dieter Klein down to fine leg, but succeeded only in edging the ball to wicket-keeper Harry Swindells, the 21-year-old making up for failing to hold a far more straightforward chance off Davis when du Plooy was on 27.
Foxes' skipper Colin Ackermann's decision to bring himself on shortly before tea was vindicated when Matt Critchley poked suspiciously at his second delivery and edged to Swindells.
The loss of experienced seamer Chris Wright to injury reduced Ackermann's options, but he made another breakthrough shortly after the break, Alex Hughes lobbing a simple catch to midwicket off a leading edge. Anuj Dal (25) gave Harvey Hosein, who finished on 66 not out, good support in a lively stand of 39 for the seventh wicket, and Sam Conners clubbed a quick 21 to ensure Derbyshire achieved the maximum five batting bonus points with four overs to spare.
The day had begun with Derbyshire on 101-1, and Madsen and Luis Reece, who had come together following the dismissal of captain Billy Godleman with the score on just 9 the previous day, quickly brought up a century partnership for the second wicket, off just 132 balls.
Neither looked in any trouble on a good wicket, and Reece, on 56, had only himself to blame when he turned a Wright delivery down the leg side and decided to try for a second run, only to be beaten by Dieter Klein's throw from fine leg.
That brought in du Plooy, who having made an outstanding century in Derbyshire's fine win against Notts in their first game, understandably looked in form from the start, especially when he clipped Davis for three consecutive leg-side boundaries. He went to his 50 (off 70 balls) in some style, lofting left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson high over mid-on.
Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire (Trent Bridge)
A century from Tom Moores helped Nottinghamshire take the upper hand over Yorkshire in their Bob Willis Trophy match at Trent Bridge.
Moores made a career best score of 106 as the hosts were dismissed for 355 just before the close of play, giving them an overall lead of 91 at the halfway stage of the contest.
The 23-year old wicketkeeper-batsman made his runs from 140 balls, hitting 12 fours and three sixes. He shared in stands of 99 for the seventh wicket with Samit Patel, who added 38, then 62 for the last wicket with Matt Carter. Nottinghamshire skipper Steven Mullaney also weighed in with 50.
Yorkshire’s bowlers shared the wickets around, with Dawid Malan taking two for 24 and both Steve Patterson and Duanne Olivier also taking two wickets apiece.
Resuming from their overnight position of 13 for one, the home side lost former internationals Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett during the morning session.
South African pace bowler Olivier made the morning’s first breakthrough once Duckett came onto strike at his end. The left-hander’s nick carried cleanly into the hands of Adam Lyth at second slip for four.
The other wicket in the first session was taken by Dominic Leech, a 19-year old medium-pacer on debut. Haseeb made two scores over 50 in last week’s match against Derbyshire but had only reached 21 when he presented Lyth with his second catch of the day.
Joe Clarke made scores of 112 and 97 not out in the corresponding match last season and survived a narrow run out appeal during the early part of his innings but wasn’t so fortunate when Mullaney called him for a sharp single in the third over of the afternoon.
A clean pick up and throw from Jordan Thompson at point produced a direct hit, leaving Clarke just short of his ground, on 35.
That fourth wicket stand had been worth 60 and 48 more were added before Yorkshire struck again. Mullaney had reached his 50 from 79 balls, hitting eight fours and a six but failed to add any more before being given out lbw, sweeping against Lyth.
The successful bowler had only been introduced into the attack after Nottinghamshire had tucked into young off-spinner Jack Shutt, whose eight overs produced several wayward deliveries and cost 49 runs.
Peter Trego made 39 before falling to a sharp gully catch by Harry Brook to give Olivier his second wicket.
At that point Moores and Samit Patel combined in the most substantial stand of the day, either side of tea, to take Notts into the overall lead.
Moores played an extravagant reverse slog-sweep off Lyth to put his side ahead and the lead was already 22 when Patel ly succumbed to Dawid Malan’s part-time leg spin, proffering up a simple catch at short leg to depart for a well-made 38.
Malan also made short work of removing Jake Ball, whilst Jordan Thompson quickly accounted for Zak Chappell.
Moores’ first fifty in over two years came from 99 deliveries but left with last man Carter he cut loose aggressively. The second new ball was clubbed over the ropes a couple of times during an expensive return from Olivier. Patterson suffered the same treatment at the other end as Carter lifted him high over wide long on for a maximum of his own.
Inside the final three overs of a pulsating day Moores finally missed one, going for another huge blow, giving Patterson his second wicket exactly 24 hours after he’d removed Chris Nash at the start of the Nottinghamshire innings.
Within a victory in more than two years the home county will be looking for good luck omens as Moores’ last score of over fifty came in their success, a win over Essex at Chelmsford in June 2018.
Gloucestershire v Warwickshire (Bristol)
Matt Lamb top-scored with 65 as Warwickshire were made to battle hard for first innings lead on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy match with Gloucestershire at the Bristol County Ground.
Going in with his side 55 for three in reply to 210, Lamb faced 193 balls and hit 12 fours to help the visitors to 230 for eight at the close of a day of attritional cricket on a slow pitch that made anything but slow scoring difficult.
The start of play had seen Oliver Hannon-Dalby complete career-best figures of six for 33 from 23.3 overs by taking the two remaining Gloucestershire wickets after they resumed their first innings on 191 for eight.
Tom Smith ensured the home side of a batting point with 24 not out, but Josh Shaw and Matt Taylor fell to the tall seamer, again bowling accurately from the Ashley Down Road End. It was Hannon-Dalby’s first six-wicket haul in a first class innings.
Warwickshire’s reply began poorly when Rob Yates appeared to edge a low catch to wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick in the opening over from Ryan Higgins, but in fact was adjudged leg-before for a duck.
It was 15 for two when Sam Hain, on eight, fell lbw playing across a straight ball from Taylor and, with the skies overcast in contrast to the first day, Gloucestershire’s seamers scented a big opportunity.
They struck again in the final over before lunch when Ian Bell edged George Scott to George Hankins at second slip and fell for 13 to make the score 55 for three at the interval.
It was Scott’s first wicket for Gloucestershire on his debut following a move from Middlesex last autumn and a major blow to the visitors’ hopes.
Warwickshire skipper Will Rhodes looked solid in progressing to 41 in the afternoon session as the sun began to shine, but he was undone when opposite number Chris Dent introduced Ben Charlesworth to the attack.
The 19-year-old, who bats left-handed, but bowls right-arm seam, yorked Rhodes with his fourth ball to end an innings that had spanned 107 deliveries and featured 6 fours.
Patience was required with bat and ball. Lamb employed sensible shot selection to be unbeaten on 43 at tea, which was taken at 133 for four, with Michael Burgess on 14. Gloucestershire needed an early breakthrough in the final session. Instead, a flurry of boundaries from the fourth-wicket pair advanced the Warwickshire total as they looked to adopt a more positive approach.
They had added 69 in 20 overs when Burgess, who was just starting to blossom, was bowled off an inside edge by Scott (two for 34), who impressed from the Pavilion End.
A further 28 runs had been added when Lamb edged Higgins (two for 47) to first slip where Dent took a good low catch. By then Warwickshire were only 20 runs behind.
Tim Bresnan was looking to follow up a century on debut for the visitors and the experienced former Yorkshire all-rounder looked more comfortable than most on the testing pitch.
There was just enough swing to encourage the Gloucestershire bowlers as their opponents secured a batting point and closed in on their total.
Bresnan was unbeaten on 34 at stumps, having faced 75 balls and hit 4 fours. But Taylor (three for 48) struck twice in the penultimate over of the day, clean bowling Alex Thomson, playing no shot, for 15 and Henry Brookes for a duck as Gloucestershire ended on a high.
Northamptonshire v Somerset (Northampton)
120 overs was deemed a sensible first-innings limit to protect bowlers during the Bob Willis Trophy. But Somerset needed no additional conditions to give their players a break after sending down only 75 to beat Northamptonshire by 167 runs at Wantage Road.
A kamikaze match was completed on the second evening with Northants losing 6 for 6 in 24 balls to be hustled out for 154. An improvement on 67 all out in the first innings, and development is indeed the aim for Northants in this truncated season.
Victory is the only currency for Somerset after so many near-misses in the County Championship in recent seasons and they again showed their ruthless streak with the ball, probing away enough to find the home batsmen wanting in their ability to consistently leave the ball outside off stump.
Jamie Overton claimed 4 for 26, completing a jolly fine day after slugging 68 from 43 balls either side of lunch - the highest score of the match - to ensure Somerset once again claimed momentum at the change of innings. It was most necessary too after his side were 53 for 6 trying to build on a first-innings lead of 99.
A target of 322 seemed a world away for Northants and although they enjoyed a better session to tea - reaching 104 for 3 with Ricardo Vasconcelos making an attractive 52 - a run of wickets never seemed far away. Losing Vasconcelos four balls into the evening session ended any realistic hope.
The end was brutal. Charlie Thurston gloved Jamie Overton down the leg side trying to pull. Adam Rossington also tried to pull him, missed and was given leg before - although replays indicated height and line should have been considerations for Rob Bailey.
Jack Brooks found Gareth Berg’s outside edge and he was held at first slip for a fourth ball duck and next ball a full delivery trapped Ben Sanderson lbw and this time there was absolutely no debate. Blessing Muzarabani’s stroke to survive the hat-trick was effective if not typically advised.
Brooks ended the match with a fourth wicket and completed a fine game having struck a momentum-shifting 36 from No. 11 on the first afternoon and later ran out Vasconcelos.
The denouement was fitting for a game played a breakneck speed. After 21 wickets on the first day Somerset simply decided to strap in for the ride on the second morning. But instead of merely bracing themselves for the bumps down the mountain, they floored the accelerator and whacked 160 in 25 overs to lunch.
The aggressive tactic was a response to their precarious position - leading by only 152 with four wickets in hand. The lower order broke free and Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe swung successfully to add 67 in 51 deliveries.
Overton struck three sixes - hoisting Berg over long-on then flicking him beyond square leg and playing the same shot against Sanderson. His brother Jamie then saw the bet and raised him by one with a pair of pulls, a vicious smear over long-off and a hoik that just cleared deep midwicket as 48 runs came in 37 balls after lunch to push Somerset out of sight.
Northants also decided that positivity was required to have a sniff of the target and Vasconcelos struck six fours in 10 balls to reach his half century. But in the over after tea, he poked at a ball from Josh Davey some two feet outside off stump and was taken at second slip.
The same dismissal - albeit from a much tighter line that demanded a stroke - removed Ben Curran. Emilio Gay fell in very similar fashion, held at first slip feeling for one from Jamie Overton that could definitely have been left alone.
Rob Keogh tamely lobbed a return catch to Brooks trying to work a full outswinger to leg and the final six wickets fell in the time it takes to drive from Minehead to Watchet.
Worcestershire v Glamorgan (Worcester)
Worcestershire 455-8 dec
Kiran Carlson and Billy Root led a powerful Glamorgan fightback after centurions Jake Libby and Brett D’Oliveira had earlier rewritten the record books for Worcestershire in the Bob Willis Trophy encounter at Blackfinch New Road.
Libby and D’Oliveira set a new partnership record for Worcestershire for ANY wicket against their Welsh opponents of 318 out of a total of 455-8 from their 120 overs and then Ed Barnard dismissed Glamorgan openers Nick Selman and Charlie Hemphrey.
But Carlson and Root batted with plenty of fluency in the final session in each completing half centuries and their unbroken stand was worth 137 in 44 overs by the close when the Glamorgan total stood on 181-2.
Carlson ended on 76 off 147 balls with 12 fours and Root faced 134 deliveries with six boundaries and at the close was unbeaten on 53.
It was an encouraging contrast for Glamorgan to last week’s opening BWT encounter at Taunton when bowled out for 131 and 166 in suffering a 289 run defeat to Somerset.
The Libby-D’Oliveira stand surpassed the previous best of 287 by Graeme Hick and Tim Curtis for the second wicket at Neath 34 years ago.
Libby also achieved his career best score, beating his 144 for Nottinghamshire versus Durham four years ago, and went onto make 184.
He batted for more than seven hours, faced 319 balls and struck one six and 18 fours to take his run tally to 286 in three knocks since a winter move from Nottinghamshire.
D’Oliveira advanced to 174 before he was dismissed and clearly enjoys facing the Glamorgan bowlers.
The 28-year-old scored a double century against them in 2016 at Cardiff and another hundred batting at number nine at the same venue last season – in addition to nine wickets.
He faced 262 deliveries hit one six and 21 boundaries.
Worcestershire resumed on 309-3 and Libby and D’Oliveira were initially watchful against the second new ball attack of Michael Hogan, who picked up three wickets yesterday, and Timm van der Gugten.
The scoring rate gradually quickened and Libby went past his previous highest score when he clipped van der Gugten through mid-wicket for two.
The former Nottinghamshire batsmen completed his 150 with a cover drive for three off Hogan.
The new partnership record was achieved with a chop for two off spinner Kieran Bull by D’Oliveira who then reached his 150 with a single off the same bowler.
After such dominance by bat over ball, it came out of the blue when Libby gave Bull the charge and was stumped at 388-4.
Worcestershire secured their fifth batting point with seven balls to spare of the 110 overs before late wickets were sacrificed in the chase for runs.
Riki Wessels (4) was caught and bowled by Graham Wagg and D’Oliveira’s splendid knock ended when he tried to steer Wagg down to third man and departed to a fine low catch by keeper Chris Cooke.
Wagg (3-66) claimed a third scalp as Ed Barnard (7) holed out to Hogan at long off.
Worcestershire Club captain Joe Leach (17) swatted Bull over the mid-wicket boundary for six before he was caught in the deep attempting a similar hit to the next delivery.
When Glamorgan launched their reply, Selman and Hemphrey looked secure in advancing the total to 39 but the situation changed after Barnard’s introduction to the attack.
The last ball of his first over accounted for Selman (22) who nicked a delivery which moved away from him through to keeper Ben Cox.
It became 44-2 when Hemphrey (16) was leg before to the England Lions all-rounder in his third over.
But that was the last success of the day for Worcestershire as Carlson and Root joined forces and batted impressively.
Root cut Barnard for two fours in an over and Carlson completed his half century with a boundary off Charlie Morris and in the process also brought up the 100 partnership in 29 overs.
Essex v Surrey (Chelmsford)
Essex 262 & 13/0
Simon Harmer bagged his 18th first-class five-wicket haul for Essex as the hosts helped themselves to a healthy first innings lead over Surrey in the Bob Willis Trophy.
Off-spinner Harmer has now taken 229 wickets since joining Essex at the beginning of the 2017 season as he returned figures of six for 67.
Harmer was the County Championship’s leading wicket-taker with 83 scalps last year and looks likely to replicate that record in the Bob Willis Trophy – with no rival taking more than his 12 poles so far in the competition.
The South African shared the wickets with trusty partner Jamie Porter, four for 53, as Surrey were bowled out for 187, in response to Essex’s 262 – a deficit of 75, which rose to 88 in a wicketless four over twilight burst.
After Essex had lost their last three first-innings wickets in 40 morning balls, Porter blasted a hole at the top of the Surrey batting order with two wickets in two balls.
The seamer forced Ryan Patel to hand Harmer a regulation catch at second slip with his sixth delivery, before Scott Borthwick tucked off his hip to Feroze Khushi at midwicket.
Will Jacks saw off the hat-trick as he dug out a yorker as he began to work his way towards a well-made 70.
At the other end, Mark Stoneman struggled to get out of neutral gear as he scored five singles in 65 balls before edging Harmer to Sir Alastair Cook, before Jamie Smith had the top of his off peg knocked down by Porter.
Jacks was dropped on 26, 31 and 46 – twice by Varun Chopra at short leg and by Aaron Beard at deep fine leg - but moved to his seventh first-class fifty in 81 balls.
The 21-year-old made batting look uncomplicated, on a sun-kissed pitch best suited to patience, with 12 boundaries struck all around the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
He had been joined by Laurie Evans – who was making his first innings in a decade for Surrey – for a valuable 80-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Evans, on loan from Sussex due to Surrey’s 14-man unavailability list, had played four first-class matches during his first stint at the county between 2005 and 2010 before joining Warwickshire.
He was the aggressor, particularly against Harmer, whom he struck for three perfectly nailed sweeps and a six over long-on.
Both fell either side of tea to spark a second collapse of the innings – Surrey losing three wickets for three runs as Harmer took control.
Jacks pushed Harmer to midwicket before Porter bowled Evans.
Since Harmer arrived at Chelmsford on a Kolpak deal, he and Porter have shared 428 first-class wickets and two County Championships together.
Chopra made amends for his early spills when he clung onto a stunner under the lid to dismiss Gus Atkinson, and then held onto a loopier catch off Rikki Clarke’s bat-pad.
Harmer’s five-for was confirmed when Adam Finch clipped around the corner to Tom Westley.
Essex were frustrated for 10 overs by the last-wicket pair of James Taylor and Amar Virdi, before the former picked out Nick Browne at cow corner.
Browne immediately turned around to stick his pads on for four overs with Alastair Cook - the pair getting through Clarke and Virdi's overs unscathed.
Earlier, Essex had only added nine runs to their overnight score of 253.
Clarke was the chief tail destroyer as he returned figures of three for 26 – only going for one boundary in his 21 overs.
Handed the new ball at the start of the day, Clarke taught a young Surrey bowling attack how to rip through a tail.
The fresh leather caused extra bounce off a length, which caught Beard out as he edged behind in the third over of the day, before a fuller delivery pinned Sam Cook lbw.
Clarke’s lesson was heeded by debutant Atkinson who wrapped up the innings when Harmer top-edged a pull shot to Patel at cover.
Kent v Sussex (Canterbury)
Sussex 332 all out
Teenager Jordan Cox and winter recruit Jack Leaning notched their first centuries for the county as Kent took control of their Bob Willis Trophy south group game.
Sussex endured an 85-over day in the Canterbury dirt for only one wicket as Kent’s second-wicket pair piled on a record unbroken stand worth 231 beating the club’s previous best against Sussex of 229 set by Kentish legends Arthur Fagg and Leslie Ames at Hastings in 1948.
By stumps and the midpoint of the match Cox had reached a career-best 167 not out while Leaning finished unbeaten on 110 as Kent closed on 338 for one for a narrow six-run lead over their neighbours from Hove.
Cox, a 19-year-old right-hander from Portsmouth who only opened in this match in the absence of Kent’s England duo Joe Denly and Zak Crawley, cruised through the so-called ‘nervous 90s’ within six deliveries to post his maiden century from 150 balls with 16 fours and a brace of sixes.
A Kent Academy product playing only his second first-class innings on the ground, Cox moved to three figures with a huge six over long-on against the bowling of Jack Carson.
The England Under-19 batsman started the Kent response to the Sussex all out total of 332 by featuring in a first-wicket stand worth 107 with Daniel Bell-Drummond. It was Kent’s first opening century stand in red-ball cricket since June 2019.
Bell-Drummond fell soon after lunch for 43 when Mitch Claydon, the former Kent seamer, got one to hold its line against the Canterbury slope and graze the shoulder of the bat. Harry Finch completed the dismissal with a sharp low catch at second slip.
Normal service was resumed once Claydon and George Garton rested, however, as Cox combined with Leaning, the ex-Yorkshire batsman and one of four Kent players making their home debuts, to deepen Sussex’s woes.
Leaning reached his 50 half-century from 88 balls and with eight fours while at the other end, Cox continued to show excellent judgement of length. Fleet of foot, he skipped down the pitch to drive anything flighted, or rocked back deep into his crease to cut or reverse sweep once the Sussex attack attempted to adjust their lengths.
With his score on 134, Cox took a painful blow in the chest after ducking into a Stuart Meaker bumper but batted on after treatment from Kent physiotherapist Dan George. It proved Cox’s sole misjudgement of the day.
Kent reached 200 for their first batting bonus point when, in the 50th over, a Delray Rawlins long-hop allowed Leaning room to cut to the ropes at backward point. The 300 followed in the 74th over when Cox clipped leg-side against Garton to reach his own 150 from 221 deliveries.
Leaning, who joined from Yorkshire during the close season, notched his first ton in Kent colours and his fifth in first-class cricket from 162 balls after cutting his 16th four of the day through backward point off a rare loose delivery from Garton.
At the start of day two Kent used up 27 deliveries to winkle out the 10th Sussex batsman. Visiting skipper Ben Brown was the man to go after 283 minutes at the crease and when only two shy of his 19th first-class century. Cutting at one too close to the body from Harry Podmore, Brown chopped the ball onto off stump.
Podmore finished with four for 85 and rookie off-spinner Marcus O’Riordan took career-best figures of three for 50.
Middlesex v Hampshire (Radlett)
All-rounder Liam Dawson was stretchered off with what looked a serious ankle injury to mar a productive day for Hampshire in their Bob Willis Trophy match against Middlesex at Radlett.
The 30-year-old, who was part of England’s white-ball squad for their recent ODI series against Ireland, fell awkwardly while batting during the final session and had to be carried from the field.
Dawson’s attacking knock of 43 had already helped Hampshire to take a first-innings lead when he crumpled to the ground, visibly in pain after playing a defensive shot against Tom Helm.
There was a 15-minute delay while Dawson received treatment at the wicket, but it was already evident he would be unable to continue.
Despite that setback, the visitors ended the second day in a strong position, with opener Joe Weatherley falling just two short of what would have been his second first-class century and captain Sam Northeast hitting 51 as they dominated the Middlesex bowling.
Hampshire had appeared set for an uphill battle when they lost Tom Alsop (4) in the third over of the day, the left-hander edging a rising delivery from Tom Helm as John Simpson leapt to take the catch.
That left the visitors in an unsteady position at 28-3 – and it could have been worse as both Weatherley and Northeast survived chances to second slip before their partnership had really been established.
Northeast’s, a fast thick edge when he had 14 to his name, would have represented a magnificent catch by Nathan Sowter – but the opportunity for the same fielder to remove Weatherley off the bowling of James Harris was altogether more routine.
The pair made Middlesex pay as they accumulated a fourth-wicket partnership of 139, with Weatherley stroking a midwicket boundary off Tim Murtagh (2-49) to raise his half-century off 157 balls.
The skipper, meanwhile, also reached his 50 in style, slamming Helm for four through the covers – but he departed in the next over after left-arm spinner Thilan Wallalawita returned for his second spell of the day.
Wallalawita’s second delivery tempted Northeast to cut, but the ball sailed towards gully, where Sowter – now relocated from second slip – gathered the catch safely.
Weatherley, who went to tea on 90, had rarely looked in anything resembling a hurry during the first two sessions, but he resumed in attacking mode, driving Murtagh’s first two balls of the evening for boundaries to advance to 98.
However, the batsman would get no further as he was adjudged leg before in Murtagh’s next over, attempting to flick a straight ball off his pads.
But Middlesex were unable to capitalise on the breakthrough as Dawson maintained the tempo, hooking Harris for successive fours and putting on 51 for the sixth wicket with Ian Holland.
Holland, who had taken 20 deliveries to get off the mark, eventually contributed a breezy 22 to steer his side past the Seaxes’ first-innings total before Harris had him caught in the slips.
That, along with Dawson’s injury, slowed Hampshire’s momentum and they also lost Harry Came (5), lbw to Sowter in the penultimate over as they reached stumps 27 runs ahead of their hosts.
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