Bob Willis Trophy Round 2: Day 4 Latest News and Scores August 8th – 11th
All the latest news and scores from the Bob Willis Trophy Round 2 - Day 4 - August 8th – 11th
Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire (Trent Bridge)
Result - Yorkshire, who won the toss and batted, 264 and 278, defeated Nottinghamshire 355 and 97, by 90 runs.
Yorkshire made it back-to-back victories in the Bob Willis Trophy with a comprehensive 90-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Set a victory target of 188 the home county were dismissed for just 97 in only 29.2 overs, with Ben Duckett’s 19 being the top score of the innings. Jordan Thompson, who enjoyed a fine match throughout, ran through the lower order to finish with three for six, after Duanne Olivier had set the White Rose on their way with three for 29.
Earlier, Yorkshire were dismissed for 278 in their second innings, with Jonny Tattersall being the last to be dismissed after making 53 from 180 deliveries.
Resuming on 259 for seven at the start of the day, the visitors could only muster a further 19 runs before the loss of their last three wickets. Zak Chappell had Olivier caught behind for eight to finish with four for 59. Matt Carter then removed Dominic Leech, for one, as well as Tattersall, to collect figures of four for 76.
Steven Mullaney, the Nottinghamshire captain, was involved in each of the last two wickets to go down, giving him four catches in the innings and seven in the match, tying the county record of Arthur Jones in 1908 and Bill Voce in 1928.
Both home openers departed cheaply at the start of the run chase, with Chris Nash seemingly taken aback at being given out lbw to Olivier for 11, with the ball appearing to be missing leg.
Haseeb Hameed then casually flicked at a leg side delivery from Leech and was smartly taken by Jonny Bairstow for one.
Olivier struck again in the final over of the morning session, having Ben Duckett spectacularly caught in the gully by Dawid Malan for 19, after extracting sharp bounce which kissed the shoulder of the bat.
The afternoon became a steady procession of wickets as Notts slipped from 46 for two to 97 all out inside 17 overs. Olivier athletically took a low catch from his own bowling to remove Joe Clarke for 18 and one over later Mullaney fell to Patterson for five.
Thompson, who scored 98 on the opening day, replaced Olivier from the Pavilion End and immediately splayed the stumps of Tom Moores, who had scored 106 in the first innings.
Thompson also sent back Chappell and Carter, leaving Jack Shutt to have the final say. The young off-spinner had broken his duck in getting Peter Trego for a maiden first class wicket and he followed it up by having Samit Patel caught at midwicket to herald the start of the celebrations.
Yorkshire take 21 points from the contest and move to the top of the North Group with the victory, having won both of their opening games.
Nottinghamshire, meanwhile, remain winless since defeating Essex in June 2018, having not won any of their last 24 first class contests.
The next round of matches starts on Saturday, with Notts facing Lancashire at Trent Bridge and Yorkshire hosting Derbyshire in Leeds.
Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire captain) -
“It’s obviously very disappointing. We’ve given ourselves two huge chances to win two games and we’ve not been able to get over the line and it’s something we need to address and need to address quickly because it’s not good enough to get bowled out for under one hundred on a decent pitch.
“Obviously there was some poor shots and some good bowling. You know that Yorkshire are going to come at you and if you give them half a sniff you know they are a good team. Not good enough on our part.
“Everyone knows what the results have been like in four-day cricket. The positives are we’ve given ourselves two chances to win two games, we’ve just not been able to see it home in the fourth innings. Yorkshire played better than us in crucial moments, which is what it’s all about really.”
Jordan Thompson (Yorkshire, 3-6 in Notts’ second innings, made 98 on the opening day) -
“We knew going into the fourth innings of the match that this was on an eight day pitch (Notts played Derbyshire on it last week) but that probably benefited us a little more, with the ball going up and down from the second day onwards.
“We always knew we were in the game to take those 10 wickets and that’s what we did.
“I’m very determined to do well for Yorkshire and when I get a chance to play I try and take it. I got that chance at Durham last week when Waitey (Matthew Waite) pulled out injured and hopefully I’ve backed that up here.
Moving forward, I want to keep performing. I’m enjoying my cricket and performing for the team, which is the main point.”
Gloucestershire v Warwickshire (Bristol)
Result - Gloucestershire 210 & 275 beat Warwickshire 247 & 160 by 78 runs
All-rounder Ryan Higgins struck three times in an over on his way to career-best figures of seven for 42 as Gloucestershire clinched a 78-run Bob Willis Trophy victory over Warwickshire at the Bristol County Ground.
The former Middlesex player claimed wickets with the first, third and sixth deliveries of his second over with the new ball to reduce the visitors to four for three in their second innings, chasing a victory target of 239 from a minimum of 65 overs.
Warwickshire never fully recovered and were eventually dismissed for 160, Matt Taylor removing Alex Thomson and Henry Brookes with successive deliveries to finish with two for 27.
Skipper Will Rhodes top-scored with 48, while Higgins ended with match figures of 11 for 96 as Gloucestershire took 20 points and Warwickshire four.
It was all rather hard on Oliver Hannon-Dalby, who earlier in the day had completed even more impressive match figures of 12 for 110 by claiming all four wickets after Gloucestershire had resumed on 197 for six in their second innings.
Jack Taylor, unbeaten on 23 overnight, fell lbw for 34 in Hannon-Dalby’s opening spell and the tall seamer later returned to clean up the tail with the second new ball.
Tom Smith was leg-before for six after a stand of 36 with George Scott and it was 267 for nine when Josh Shaw was bowled for 11.
Last man Matt Taylor came out to hit successive boundaries off Hannon-Dalby, who then took revenge by having him caught in the slips by Tim Bresnan. Scott ended 44 not out, a crucial contribution to a total of 275 on his debut for the hosts.
Lunch was taken before Warwickshire began their second innings. Whatever Higgins tucked into is sure to be on the menu at Gloucestershire’s next home game.
His second over proved a triple wicket maiden as he had Rob Yates caught off a leading edge for two and quickly followed up by dismissing Sam Hain leg-before and Ian Bell caught behind.
Warwickshire were in disarray. Rhodes and Matt Lamb staged a partial recovery and had taken the score to 50 in the 19th over when Lamb was bowled for 14 by a full delivery from Josh Shaw.
Rhodes was unbeaten on 48 at tea. But Higgins again emerged from an interval inspired and struck with the first ball of the evening session, the Warwickshire captain nicking a low leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick.
At 80 for five, the visitors had the choice of continuing the run-chase or trying to bat out for a draw. The latter became a more obvious course when Michael Burgess departed lbw to Higgins for 15 with the total on 101.
Taylor then struck his double blow, helped by a strange choice of shot in the circumstances from Alex Thomson, who pulled a short ball straight to the bowler’s brother Jack Taylor at deep square and fell for three.
The next delivery saw Brookes trapped leg-before for his second duck of the game and, with the score 104 for eight, Gloucestershire had 23 overs to claim the last two wickets.
Their former player Craig Miles was brilliantly caught low at first slip by Chris Dent for 12 to give Higgins a sixth wicket.
Last man Hannon-Dalby and the stubborn Bresnan battled away for almost 12 overs, but it was all over when Hannon-Dalby edged Higgins through to Roderick with a possible 4.5 overs remaining.
Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: "At the start of the day we were under pressure to occupy the crease and score runs. George Scott's 44 not out was crucial in that respect and he also did well with the ball, as well as showing himself to be a proper fielder.
"Ryan Higgins is like the heartbeat of our team. The way he goes about his work is brilliant and he fully deserved his best bowling figures in an innings and a match.
"Matt Taylor also bowled a crucial spell first thing after lunch, hardly conceding a run, and we were able to keep Warwickshire under pressure. I was just wondering whether we had run out of steam when the final wicket fell, but it was a terrific performance and one to build on."
Warwickshire coach Jim Troughton said: "We probably won more sessions in the game, but the periods we lost were lost heavily and that made the difference.
"They bowled really well as a unit and losing Will Rhodes, caught behind down the leg side to the first ball after tea, and then Michael Burgess to an lbw decision knocked the stuffing out of us.
"We still felt in with a chance of winning to that point. In the end it was a shame because Oli Hannon-Dalby performed brilliantly with the ball, well supported by Bresnan and Miles.
"We did a lot of things well, but have to look at those spells in the game when we let it slip."
Worcestershire v Glamorgan (Worcester)
Worcestershire 455/8 & 276/6 (120)
Glamorgan 374/10 & 141/7 (116.3 & 50.4)
Worcestershire Head Coach Alex Gidman said: “A proper game, wasn’t it? A fantastic effort from the guys. I thought they played really well over the whole game, similar to last week, playing some really good cricket they should be really proud of and nearly forced an unlikely result which was a great effort.
“Could we have declared earlier? Absolutely not. It was spot on the decision. It’s been hard work so physically we wanted to try and make sure we could really put it in and anything over that number of overs in the field would have become really hard work.
“Equally and probably more importantly, we just felt the mindset of Glamorgan needed to be defensive mindset. It is actually really hard to defend and, if a team had something to go for, it could have been hard work.
“We needed to be able to keep fielders around the bat and keep that pressure on. On that exact wicket, in the last few years there have been some very high chases which was something we were wary of.
“It didn’t deteriorate. It was still an excellent wicket, a good batting wicket, so we were very conscious of that when we made that decision.
“Does eight points for draw come into mindset? Definitely. We are in a competition. We’ve got five games. We’ve drawn that game. Yes, we would have liked to have won it but the next best is a draw and there are a lot of points up for grabs for a draw in this campaign.
“We came away with almost a full haul of bonus points and an outstanding effort from the guys and we can move on with lots of confidence.”
Glamorgan Head Coach Matthew Maynard said: “It’s quite easy on what appears to be a flat desk to be a bit casual about how you go about things.
“I was disappointed. I was especially disappointed with how we started that innings. I thought there was a bit of a hangover from the fielding.
“We are better than that as a team. We showed that last year. You have to be switched on everytime you bat because if you are just off the radar at all it is going to be exposed.
“They have batted us out of the game and haven’t given us any opportunity so in those situations you’ve got to find a way of motivating yourself, not just for yourself but the team but some good learnings hopefully from that.
“The wicket was a very good wicket. It made the bowlers work hard but you could get wickets on it as the guys showed who were relentless in their areas.
“For Chris (Cooke) to equal that (wicket-keeping) record is a great achievement. He took all chances he had in this game and it was a superb effort and the way he batted was where we want to try and get to as a team.
“We want to try and get more of our players playing as assertive as that, similar to what Graham Wagg showed in the first and second innings.”
Essex v Surrey (Chelmsford)
Result - Essex 262 & 261 beat Surrey 187 & 167 by 169 runs
Simon Harmer spun his way to match figures of 14-131 as county champions Essex beat Surrey by 169 runs to maintain their 100 per cent win record in the Bob Willis Trophy.
Off spinner Harmer had taken 6-67 in the first innings, before producing his well-worn fourth innings trick by steamrolling Surrey with 8-64.
Harmer had been on course for the first 10-wicket haul in county cricket since Ottis Gibson for Durham in 2007, but Aaron Beard (2-33) took two late poles to deny him history.
Incredibly, Harmer, who bowled unchanged from his River End on day four, is playing through an abductor strain, which medical staff had recommended would rule him out for up to six weeks.
With 20 wickets in two matches this season, he continues his quest to be the country’s leading red ball wicket-taker for a second successive season - and already has a six-wicket lead over his nearest challenger.
Essex, who have now won their last 10 first-class matches at the Cloudfm County Ground, aka Fortress Chelmsford, jump to the top of the South Group table, while heavily depleted Surrey remain the only winless side in the conference.
Harmer had started his haul with the last ball of the third day, when Mark Stoneman was leg before to one which didn’t turn – with Surrey requiring an unlikely 310 to win from the final day.
It took his 23 morning deliveries to breakthrough Scott Borthwick’s defences as the once-capped England Test player attempted a forward defence only to see the ball spin off his outside edge and into Adam Wheater’s gloves.
Surrey weren’t going to roll over and hand Harmer and Essex the wickets they required, with Ryan Patel and Will Jacks providing a blocking rear-guard.
Patel, in particular, seemed unmovable as he grappled to hold onto his wicket, showing intense concentration to see out 97 balls.
But the 22-year-old lapsed for a moment to sky a pulled short to Jamie Porter at midwicket while attempting to cash in on a shorter delivery from Harmer.
Jacks saw out 93 balls with his laser focus, while also putting on a 51-run stand with Jamie Smith – as the pair held Essex up for 20 overs.
But having refuelled over lunch, Harmer took his next two wickets in three balls.
Jacks, who had batted beautifully scored 70 in the first innings, attempted to go back and work to leg side only to be pinned – that brought up Harmer’s 10 wickets in the match.
Two balls later, Evans, on loan from Sussex, skipped down the track, missed the ball and was stumped by Wheater.
Rikki Clarke twice used his feet to strike Harmer for two boundaries down the ground but departed for 14 from 27 when Varun Chopra held on to a simple catch at short leg.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Smith once again showed why he is so highly rated at the Kia Oval with a two-hour vigil.
The 20-year-old scored 45 in 89 balls but departed at the hands of Harmer – although not through the South African’s bowling.
Smith edged Beard to second slip, where Harmer swooped low to pull off a stunning catch, which ended his own shot at immortality.
Harmer returned to his first-skill again in the next over as Gus Atkinson, who had hit him for six, ran past a straight one to be bowled.
Beard saw off James Taylor, caught at cover, for a seven-ball duck before Harmer wrapped up the victory at 3.35pm when Amar Virdi slapped to mid-off.
Kent v Sussex (Canterbury)
Middlesex v Hampshire (Radlett)
Middlesex 252 & 201 Hampshire 296 & 131-7 – Hampshire won by 3 wickets
Joe Weatherley was Hampshire’s hero as he kept his cool with an unbeaten half-century to clinch a tense three-wicket victory against Middlesex in the Bob Willis Trophy.
The opener – who top-scored with 98 in the first innings – stood firm again despite a clatter of wickets on the fourth morning at Radlett, sealing Hampshire’s success with a cover-driven boundary off Tom Helm as he finished 64 not out.
Weatherley shared an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 53 with Keith Barker (28*) to steer the visitors over the line after Tim Murtagh (3-41 ) and Thilan Walallawita (3-28 ) had raised Middlesex hopes of an unlikely triumph.
The pair reduced their opponents to 108-7 – with Liam Dawson already out of the game due to a torn Achilles tendon and last man Ryan Stevenson, who was also injured after colliding with a marquee pole while fielding on the previous day, standing by to bat with a runner if necessary.
Hampshire began play as clear favourites at 60-2, needing another 98 for victory, but they were checked by Murtagh’s second ball of the day, which Sam Northeast (8) edged onto his pad for Max Holden to scoop up the catch at point.
New batsman Ian Holland was fortunate to survive his first delivery, which found the edge but was spilled by second slip Nathan Sowter and he took advantage with some attacking shots that raised the run-rate.
Left-armer Walallawita applied the brakes, stemming the flow of runs to a trickle and piling renewed pressure on the Hampshire batsmen – which Murtagh gratefully exploited at the other end.
Sowter made amends for his earlier drop, taking the catch off Murtagh to prise out Holland (17) and, when Harry Came (1) fell to a tumbling Sam Robson at first slip, the visitors were in trouble at 87-5.
While Weatherley dropped anchor, Lewis McManus took up the baton with a quickfire 13, but he was bamboozled playing back to Walallawita, who then had James Fuller (0) caught behind prodding outside off the stump in his next over.
However, Barker – hobbling throughout due to a foot injury – revived Hampshire’s hopes by reverse-sweeping Walallawita to the boundary and picking up four more with an on-drive off James Harris.
Weatherley completed his half-century, from 159 balls, during the second over after lunch, driving Sowter through mid-on for four, while Barker weighed in with two more boundaries before his partner applied the finishing touch.
Hampshire captain SAM NORTHEAST said:
“It was a hard-fought four days and I think we just about deserved it in the end.
“The team talk was to get through that first half hour and go from there. It didn’t quite go to plan and at one stage Middlesex were on top and favourites to win, but it was a fantastic partnership from Weathers and Barks to get us over the line.
“Joe Weatherley’s played two fantastic innings and he’s really showing his potential for the future for Hampshire, which is great. Barks, with his little cameo at the end, was just what was needed to release a little bit of pressure.
“You sort of forget the first three days when it comes down to tight moments like that. We’ve obviously lost two key members of our side during the game as well and it wasn’t easy, but I’m very pleased to get the win.”
Middlesex captain STEPHEN ESKINAZI said:
“We’ll look back on periods, namely when they were about 30-3 in their first innings and we dropped a couple of chances and could have bowled them out for about 150. Then when we were over 100-2, we had the game by the scruff of the neck and couldn’t quite hammer home the advantage.
“The bowlers did a great job getting us back into the game, but hats off to Joe Weatherley and Keith Barker for coming out and playing the way they did. Sides bat deep, we know that, but we knew we had the bowling attack – they’ve done it for us on countless occasions and we thought, on that wicket, we had enough runs.
“The difference in this game is, if one bloke goes on (with the bat), then we’re putting the game to bed. I can’t fault the lads’ effort over the four days. We played some good cricket but we probably didn’t deserve to win this game.”
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