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Lunchtime scores

North Group:

Aigburth: Lancashire 219 lead Derbys 195 by 24 runs.

Trent Bridge: Notts 384-5 lead Durham 294 by 90 runs.

Headingley: Yorks 164-5 lead Leics 124 by 40 runs.

Central Group:

Sophia Gardens: Glam 203 trail Warwicks 186 and 129-2 (Ian Bell 46 not out) by 112 runs.

New Road: Worcs 200 trail Somerset 251 and 90-6 by 141 runs.

South Group:

The Oval: Surrey 259-6 trail Sussex 415 by 156 runs.

Chelmsford: Essex 236 and 53-1 BEAT Middx 138 and 150 by nine wickets.

Canterbury: Kent 170 and 8-1 need 173 runs to beat Hants 191 and 159.

Derbyshire out of the reckoning for the Bob. Essex are through to the final.

Oh no!!!!!! Five runs short of 200, Melton is bowled for 11. Derbyshire’s valiant efforts after a terrible seven overs yesterday afternoon are in vain. They are OUT of the Bob Willis Trophy final.

A quick nerve-soother from Charles Sheldrick on cover-drives:

“Normally my answer to any question about graceful batting would be Gower, but nobody I have ever seen matches Mark Waugh for the cover drive.”

“But if left field and unexpected is what you are after then Burnley’s favourite son must be in with a shout…. A beautiful thing, made even more wonderful because of it’s extreme rarity…..”

Essex 236 and 53-1 beat Middlesex 138 and 150 by nine wickets

With a single from Tom Westley, Esssex are done. They are confirmed at South Group winners with 90 points – their fourth win of the Bob. But will that be enough? Derbyshire now six short of that magic 200…


Jeepers! Derbyshire need 13 to get to the magic 200 with the last pair at the crease. No. 11 Dustin Melton has just hit a six….

Links to live feeds


All is not lost at Headingley, where Harry Brook’s 50 has boosted Yorkshire’s chances of bonus points. 126-5.

At Trent Bridge, the Notts batting line-line up – who ever doubted them – drives on. Duckett out at last for 150, Joe Clarke not out 112.

Ian Bell has zipped to 38 not out in 34 balls at Sophia Gardens in his final first-class innings, Hampshire have a tasty lead of 180 over Kent with one wicket left. Five wickets for Podmore, four for Stevens. Foakes and Jacks rebuild slowly at The Oval after last night’s horror show. 237-5.

Does anyone please have a handy list of the county streams today that I can paste ATL?

Quick round up from the big three:

Essex, 23-0, need 30 to beat Middlesex.

Somerset, 57-4, have inched the lead over Worcs to over 100.

Derbyshire, showing great resilience, 174-8 and crucially Hosein still there, 80 not out. From down and out at 61-7, it is a fantastic effort.

Enjoyed this left-field choice, and perfect description, from Gary Naylor.

Gary Naylor

Not many will say this, but I find the Steven Smith cover drive a delight @tjaldredhttps://t.co/kakzecUxtD.

Amidst all those twitches and nudges for a single, it appears out of nowhere. Like riding a bike up a hill, cresting the brow and gazing on meadows in a valley.

September 8, 2020

In the light of Ian Bell’s last innings, I leave Harold Pinter’s poem here.

I saw Len Hutton in his prime.

Another time,

another time.

“Good morning,” writes Geoff Wignall.

Hello Geoff!

On the subject of cover drives to rival Bell’s, I’ve three to suggest: Carl Hooper, Mark Waugh & Aravinda da Silva.Good luck picking the best of them.

Very wise Geoff. Here is Hooper snapping the late David Capel to the boundary in the Caribbean.

I spent so long looking at cover drives that Ian Bell is already in. Warwickshire 53 for 2. Such a shame that Bell can’t have his final day in the sun with appreciative spectators, like Jonathan Trott and Marcus Trescothick did last year.

Oh my, I’ve just realised today will be the occasion of Ian Bell’s last first-class innings. He is next in, with Warwickshire currently 47 for one. Whose cover drive would rival Bell’s? DI Gower? Moeen Ali? James Vince? Kumar Sangakkara? Damien Martyn? Babar Azam? Mithali Raj?

And at New Road George Bartlett goes for 2, after an hour of hard yakka. Somerset 28-3.

Middlesex are all out, Essex need 53 to win. While at lovely Aigburth, Derbyshire still seven down as they inch towards that magic 200. Hosein a stubbornly impressive 70 not out, 156-7, eighth wicket partnership of nearly 100.

A nice little first for Tom Scriven at Canterbury. Currently 62 not out, impressive resistance against the inevitability of Darren Stevens. Hampshire now 138-7, a lead of 159. Remember neither side has made 200 yet in this game.

Hampshire Cricket

A maiden first-class FIFTY for Tom Scriven! 👏🤩

📺 https://t.co/vVlxv4bMSu & Hampshire Cricket App 📲 pic.twitter.com/uiTUMOvlv5

September 8, 2020

Yorkshire not having the greatest start at their unlikely tilt at the final. Two early wickets this morning – Fraine and Loten, a couple of wickets for Klein. Though they are only chasing Leicestershire’s 124 in first innings.


And another one for Essex, a second for Sam Cook as Middlesex threaten to disappear before elevenses. 134-8, a lead of 26.

Essex are unstoppable, aren’t they? James Harris is bowled in the second over of the day. Middlesex now 123 for seven with a pitiful lead of 25. Meanwhile Somerset begin the expected top order wobble – Tom Abell caught off Joe Leach. 16-2 with a lead of 67. I don’t think Worcestershire will want to chase much more than 100.

Incidentally, did any CC-Live-ers just experience the Sussex earthquake?


Start of play scores

North Group:

Aigburth: Lancashire 219 lead Derbys 120-7 by 99 runs.

Trent Bridge: Notts 251-2 trail Durham 294 by 43 runs.

Headingley: Yorks 36-2 trail Leics 124 by 88 runs. Rain affected.

Central Group:

Sophia Gardens: Glam 203 lead Warwicks 186 by 17 runs.

New Road: Wors 200 trail Somerset 251 and 16-1 by 67 runs.

South Group:

The Oval: Surrey 171-4 trail Sussex 415 by 244 runs.

Chelmsford: Essex 236 trail Middx 138 and 123-6 by 25 runs.

Canterbury: Kent 170 trail Hants 191 and 108-5 by 129 runs.

Weather Watch

Sunshine at Leeds! Fine at Aigburth, New Road, Chelmsford, Canterbury, The Oval, Sophia Gardens and Trent Bridge. A full house on the penultimate day of the season – that calls for another coffee.

Catch up on yesterday here:

Bob Willis Trophy tie break rules

A reminder from yesterday. The two group winners with the most points go through to the five-day final at Lord’s starting on September 23. If there is a tie, the following tie breakers come into play in this order: most wins, fewest losses, the result between the sides in the group stage, most wickets taken, most runs scored.

Most wins (at start of final round)

Somerset, Essex (3)

Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Kent, Middlesex, Hampshire (2)

Fewest losses (at start of final round)

Somerset, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Essex (0)

Kent, Middlesex, Hampshire (1)

Results between sides

Somerset v Worcs – currently being played

Kent v Hants – in play.

Essex v Middx – in play

Essex v Kent – Essex win

Middx v Hants: Hants win

Middx v Kent: draw

Essex v Hants: draw

Derbys v Yorks: draw

Most wickets (at start of final round)

Somerset: 78

Kent: 69

Worcestershire: 66

Middlesex: 67

Hampshire: 63

Essex: 60

Derbyshire: 55

Yorkshire: 52

Most runs (at start of final round)

Worcestershire: 2,156 runs

Middlesex: 1,882 runs

Somerset: 1,847 runs

Kent: 1,759 runs

Derbyshire: 1,679 runs

Essex: 1,611 runs

Yorkshire: 1,573 runs

Hampshire: 1,058


Good morning from a soggy Manchester. Events mean I’m not at a game today, but will still try to jolly the ship CCLive along on this, the penultimate day of the first-class season for all but two teams. Please hop on for the ride.

Who will be the lucky two? Somerset? On top after a Worcester collapse of nightmarish proportions in the top of the table clash at New Road. Essex? Due to win today unless Middlesex pull an enthusiastic rabbit out of a hat. Derbyshire? Seems unlikely after yesterday’s horlicks of a half hour – but they batted well in the glooming at Aigburth yesterday. If they crawl to 200, win, and Worcestershire lose, we THINK they’re still in with a chance.

Here is a very happy Danny Lamb, whose 25th birthday went with a swing, even if it poured cold water on Derbyshire’s hopes of a trip to Lord’s.

Lancashire Cricket

🗣 “It’s been a very good birthday… the team look in a pretty good position” 💪

🌹 #RedRoseTogether

September 7, 2020


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