The Bob Willis Trophy: Rain Rules Again As England Hopefuls Ben Foakes And Craig Overton Shine

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Ben Foakes of Surrey bats during day three of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Surrey and Kent at The Kia Oval on August 24, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Surrey CCC)

Bob Willis Trophy – Rain Plays Spoilsport

In what is proving to be an extremely wet August, the latest round of Bob Willis Trophy matches were further affected by rain. This meant that there were only four positive results across the nine matches.

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South Group

RADLETT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Tim Murtagh of Middlesex celebrates with his team mates after dismissing Tom Haines of Sussex (not pictured) during Day Three of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Middlesex and Sussex at Radlett Cricket Club on August 24, 2020 in Radlett, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Middlesex managed to complete their five-wicket victory over Sussex before the worst of the weather struck on Tuesday. Batting first, the visitors to Radlett Cricket Club were bowled out for 293 with Harry Finch top-scoring with 69. Sussex would have been happy with their first innings work. This, more so when they dismissed Middlesex for just 202, a lead of 91.

However, the issues occurred when Sussex themselves were bundled out for just 102. Tim Murtagh with five wickets the main instigator. Middlesex crept over the line somewhat reaching their target of 192 for the loss of five wickets. Martin Andersson and John Simpson not out at the end.

Ben Foakes Matches Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook Amazing

ARUNDEL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Sir Alastair Cook of Essex celebrates scoring a century during day three of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Hampshire CCC and Essex CCC at Arundel Cricket Club on August 24, 2020 in Arundel, England. (Photo by Nick Wood/Getty Images)

As the Test match found out, the South Coast was in for some serious rain, there was only 78 overs possible at Arundel Castle in the match between Hampshire and Essex. The visitors were left stranded on 249-3 with Sir Alastair Cook 129 not out.

At the Oval a return to action for Ben Foakes saw him make a century for Surrey in their match against Kent. However, it was the away county who came away with the victory.

It was a tense affair as Surrey fell just 17 runs short of their target when they were dismissed for 174. Kent bowler Matt Milnes doing the bulk of the damage taking four late wickets.

Central Group

Despite the Bob Willis Trophy being affected by rain, Marchant De Lange scored a superb ton
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Marchant de Lange of Glamorgan, who scored the fastest ever century for Glamorgan, on balls faced acknowledges the applause from his team mates during day 3 of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Northamptonshire and Glamorgan at The County Ground on August 24, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Glamorgan batsman’s Callum Taylor’s and Marchant de Lange’s maiden first-class centuries weren’t enough to stop the Welsh county succumbing to defeat at the hands of Northamptonshire.

A ton of his own from Northants’ Charlie Thurston in the first innings and 77 not out from Emilio Gay on the final day saw the hosts home by six wickets.

Somerset Superior To Gloucestershire

TAUNTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Craig Overton of Somerset celebrates after taking the wicket of Josh Shaw of Gloucestershire during Day Four of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Somerset and Gloucestershire at The Cooper Associates County Ground on August 25, 2020 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Somerset were utterly dominant in their 314 run success over Gloucestershire. Centuries from George Bartlett, Tom Lammonby, and captain Tom Abell setting up the win before the bowlers did the rest.

Gloucestershire were skittled for just 70 on the final day. Craig Overton taking 5-26 from his 13 overs. He was again impressive for his county.

A remarkable 207 from Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes was the backbone of his sides 355-9 declared. Although in response Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell hit 110 of his own as the match petered out into a draw.

North Group

The match between Derbyshire and Durham in the Bob Willis Trophy was affected by rain
CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Luis Reece of Derbyshire celebrates reaching his century during day 3 of the Bob Willis Trophy match between Derbyshire and Durham at Emirates Riverside on August 24, 2020 in Chester-le-Street, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

Durham saved their best Bob Willis Trophy showing for this week. They mustered 337-9 declared in their first innings against Derbyshire. Alex Lees 84 and Paul Coughlin 90 setting up the more than useful score for the visitors.

However in the only other innings possible, Derbyshire opener Luis Reece hit 122 as yet anther draw became inevitable with plenty of time lost. The Bob Willis Trophy being hit by rain again.

Adam Lyth Hits Hundred

LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Adam Lyth of Yorkshire celebrates as he scores one hundred runs during the Bob Willis Trophy match between Yorkshire and Lancashire at Emerald Headingley Stadium on August 24, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The battle of the roses was another tale of lost play and two innings only possible at Headingley. Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth hit 103 as Danny Lamb took four wickets. In response, Lancashire were halted by rain on 195-5 with the in-form Alex Davies hitting 77.

Batting was in control in the clash between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire as both teams cancelled each other out. Knocks of 86 and 87 from Nottinghamshire’s opened Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed respectively lead them to 343-8 declared.

The Foxes finished day four on 337-4 and the match finished in an uneventful draw.

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The Bob Willis Trophy so far has been a great tournament, full of exciting games interrupted by rain. Will the next round of fixtures fare any better?

 

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