The Bob Willis Trophy : Opening Fixtures Round Up Of County Championship 2020

Alastair Cook scored 66 in the Bob Willis Trophy County Championship 2020

Results And Short Round Up Of The Bob Willis Trophy 2020

After a four-month delay for cricket this summer, the newly formed Bob Willis Trophy has arrived with a bang. In place of regular County Championship action, four-day cricket got back underway this week with counties playing behind closed doors matches split into respective South, Central, and North groups.

So how did the teams perform in the first round of the 2020 County Championship?

The Bob Willis Trophy – Central Group

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Adam Rossington of Northamptonshire (R) is congratulated by his team mate Luke Proctor on reaching his century during day four of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire at Edgbaston on August 04, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

In nine games there was only one drawn match, between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire in the central group. Final day centuries from Northants batsmen Luke Proctor and Adam Rossington were the pick of the performances.

Worcestershire are the early Central Group leaders after picking up 22 points from their win over Gloucestershire at Bristol. Brett D’Oliveira’s first innings 91 proving the pivotal innings. This was ably backed up by wickets from Joe Leach and Charlie Morris.

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Somerset somewhat steamrolled Glamorgan in their 289 run victory. The Overton brothers did the bulk of the damage as they took 14 of the 20 Glamorgan wickets to fall in the match.

Jamie Overton taking 5-48 in the Glamorgan second innings for match figures of 7-64, in what might yet prove his farewell appearance as he heads to Surrey. Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke, was one of the very few positives for the Welsh county with his 82.

The Bob Willis Trophy – South Group

Nick Gubbins made 192 in the Bob Willis trophy county championship 2020
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: Nick Gubbins of Middlesex hits out watched on by Jamie Smith of Surrey during Day 2 of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Kia Oval on August 02, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Middlesex are top of the South Group on 22 points after the first round of fixtures. This, despite leaving it late to beat Surrey by 190 runs at The Oval. The hosts’ Surrey looked to be holding on for a draw at 119-5.

However, they lost their last five wickets for just four runs in the space of 44 balls. No batter in the bottom five reaching double figures. A sublime first innings 192 from Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins setting his side up for the win. Highlights

Essex sit second on 21 points, winning their nail-biting affair with Kent by two wickets. Kent batsman Heino Kuhn made 140 in the first innings. However, it was Sir Alastair Cook’s 66 on the final day which helped see his side over the line.

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The Bob Willis Trophy – North Group

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Michael Cohen of Derbyshire hits out to the boundary during Day 4 of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire at Trent Bridge on August 04, 2020 in Nottingham, England.Sporting Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Leicestershire scored at almost 10 an over for the final two hours of their match with Lancashire to get home with just eight balls left in the day. Experienced batsman Steven Croft’s unbeaten 52 held up the Foxes earlier in the day. But, Lancs were dismissed for 236, leaving Leicestershire a T20-style victory target of 150 in 17 overs.

Nevertheless, it was Foxes captain Colin Ackermann who fired his side to victory with a showstopping 73 off just 41 balls. Ackermann’s 94 in the Leicester first innings was also a big part of the win.

Derbyshire moved just a point behind Leicestershire in second place after recording their biggest ever run chase to beat Nottinghamshire. 24-year-old Fynn Hudson-Prentice finished the day on 91 not out, as Derby ended the day on 365-7 to win by three wickets after captain Billy Godleman’s earlier 86.

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Lastly, Yorkshire survived an early rain delay to complete their final day 19-point victory over Durham, winning by six wickets. Needing just 68 to win, it took only 10.4 overs to reach the total for the loss of only Dawid Malan. Harry Brook with 66 not out including four sixes to see the White Rose county home.

Round 2 Preview – County Championship 2020

The next round of fixtures begins on Saturday with Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford perhaps the pick of the bunch. The winning teams will be looking to continue their good form. That teams that lost will be hoping to make up ground in the County Championship 2020.

The Bob Willis Trophy has been an event so far!

Bob Willis Trophy – A Full Preview Of The County Championship 2020

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