Eletiofe Live county cricket season day two: Bob Willis Trophy!

Live county cricket season day two: Bob Willis Trophy!


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And so Hampshire complete their botched job: two quick wickets and they’re all out for 153 – a deficit of 23 on Sussex’s first innings, losing 5 for 54. Mitchell Claydon grabbed the last two wickets to fall, finishing with 3-31, Ollie Robinson 3-36.

Some love for Tim Murtagh, who celebrates 39 years youngandunplayableasever today, from Abhijato Sensarma:

“It is tough to make up your mind about Tim Murtagh. He was operating his prime when he retired from international cricket, one would think. But then, what is one’s prime? For old warhorses like Murtagh and Broad and Anderson (even Herath till a few seasons ago), the prime never ends because they refine themselves after every minor slump. One cannot argue with Tim’s reason for retirement though – I suspect he wanted to settle into a more comfortable county career while handing over the reins to the next generation. Glad to see him back in action!”

Yorkshire losing wheels, nuts and wing mirrors as Rushworth grabs Fisher for one. They’ve now lost four for 10 and only lead Durham’s inauspicious first-innings by 67 with one wicket remaining.

More evidence of heavy lunching – Harvey Hosein lbw for 1 in the very next over. Derby now 120-5.

Derbyshire rueing their sleepy-time four course lunch – following a rather large miscommunication between batsmen, Critchley run out for 45 to the first ball after the resumption. Let me know if this link works.

Steven Mullaney of Nottinghamshire run out Matt Critchley of Derbyshire.

Steven Mullaney of Nottinghamshire run out Matt Critchley of Derbyshire. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstock




Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northants NORTHANTS 142 all Out (Stone 4-39); WARWICKSHIRE 194-5 (Yates 83 not out)

County Ground: Gloucestershire v Worcestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE 267 (Dent 92; Morris 4-52); WORCS 67-0.

Taunton: Somerset v Glamorgan SOMERSET 296 all out (Davies 81 not out; R Smith 3-41); GLAMORGAN 71-6 (C Overton 4-21)


Chester-le-Street Durham v Yorkshire: DURHAM 103 (Coad 4-23, Thompson 3-16); YORKSHIRE 164-8 (Raine 3-40)

New Road: Lancashire v Leicestershire. LANCASHIRE 322 (Vilas 90; Klein 3-81); LEICS 24-0.

Trent Bridge: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: NOTTS 324 (Hameed 68, Patel 63; Cohen 3-47); DERBYS 119-3 (Ball 3-33).


The Oval: Surrey v Middlesex MIDDLESEX 347-6dec (Gubbins 192, Simpson 53; Clarke 3-48); SURREY 9-1.

Chelmsford: Essex v Kent KENT 387 all out (Robinson 78; Kuhn 140; Porter 4-107); ESSEX 23-1.

Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23); HANTS 147-8(Robinson 3-35)


And on the L of Lunch, Surrey lose their first wicket: Ryan Patel driving at Tim Murtagh and caught for 4. Surrey 9-1 and that’s lunch! Scores to follow.

Durham fighting back at Chester-le-Street in the battle of the bowlers. Yorkshire 162 -7 with former England U-19 captain Harry Brook just out for 41.

Hampshire are quietly folding at Hove, a third wicket to Ollie Robinson, Hants 134-7, trailing Sussex by 42.


Ollie Robinson, back in the swing of things. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


Middlesex have declared at 347-6, which will give them a couple of overs at Surrey before lunch.

Doesn’t look as if any team is going to make it to 400 – Lancashire now all out for 328, Kent 387 all out, and Middlesex 346-6 with 9 overs left of the first innings.

Arghhgh! Nick Gubbins out eight short of his 200 going for the slog and extra batting points. Middlesex 342/5.


Gubbins, 192 v Surrey. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images


Simon Harmer taking his time to snaffle his first wicket of the season, but then takes a second in the following over. Kent now 387 all out and let’s see what Essex are made of.

Shall we look at that Glamorgan scorecard in full?

Selman lbw Davey 9

Hemphrey c Lammonby b C Overton 7

Carlson c VDM b C Overton 7

Cooke c J Overton b C Overton 0

Root c J OVerton b Davey 1

Douthwaite c VDM b C Overton 2

Wagg not out 13

Bull not out 4

Extras 11


A very handy link to all the live feeds.

George Dobell

These live streams are fantastic, aren’t they? Several include replays, scorecards, highlight options etc. Commentary teams very good, as well. Great effort from all involved. https://t.co/zitJlJ9UKu

August 2, 2020

An email drops:

“Much as it’s lovely to be following along with you, we were among those who had tickets for the Oval to watch Middlesex v Surrey today until the plug got pulled on Friday,” writes Miranda Jollie. “We’d even picked out which beers to take (Weird Beard Brewery’s Gravelands & Reformatory, if anyone’s interested). Given our usual Middlesex experience is huddling from the wind on the top of the Pavilion while Middlesex underperform, it’s especially galling to be missing out on a glorious day for cricket with us in the box seat for once. Sigh.”

Argh, I feel for you. Shall we arrange a time when you can drown your sorrows in conjunction with others BTL?

Glamorgan, meanwhile, are missing Marnus Labuschage, currently 34 for five. Three wickets to Craig Overton.

A second wicket at Trent Bridge – no make that a third, all three to Jake Ball – this isn’t looking so good for Derbyshire; Warwickshire take the lead against Northants with Tim Bresnan (that feels very wrong) batting for the first time in a Warwickshire helmet.


Tim Bresnan:now a Bear. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

So the clashing of Women’s IPL and Women’s BBL is proving controversial.

Raf Nicholson

Exactly this. This is honestly the worst of both worlds from the BCCI – you simply can’t have a successful women’s IPL without WBBL marquee players. It will fall flat on its face. https://t.co/4eriDPr5SV

August 2, 2020

Early wickets! Ahem, Josh Shaw falls to the second ball of the day off Josh Tongue; Heino Kuhn lbw to Jamie Porter, also to the second ball of the day; Charlie Hemphrey out to the second ball of the day from Craig Overton; Luis Reece gone now too, off Ball; and now Michael Burgess for 39 just after completing a 50 partnership with Yates (can you all just stop taking wickets so quickly pls, ed).

And at Chester-le-Street, they’re off for rain. Yorkshire 100-4.

Nottinghamshire CCC

August 2, 2020

News that the BCCI are intending to hold a women’s IPL, to run alongside the last leg of the men’s IPL, November 1-10 in the UAE. Sources say it will consist of four teams and is expected to involve some overseas players, though it will clash with the Women’s Big Bash in Australia. All subject to change in the current situation.

A reminder that The Edge, the documentary following England’s quest to become No.1 in the world, is being shown on BBC2 at 9pm tonight

Thought I’d start to keep a tally – let’s see where we are on September 10. One problem with regionalisation is that those in the South may get more opportunity to get on the field (though luckily Old Trafford is only in use for one match.)

South Group: Hundreds (2 – Gubbins and Kuhn); 5 wickets (0)

North Group: Hundreds (0); 5 wickets (0)

Central Group: Hundreds (0); 5 wickets (0)

Good morning!

and welcome to day 2 of the Bob Willis Trophy. Such good vibes yesterday, for all its weirdness and empty grounds and Covid restrictions and lack of overseas players. The highlights? Hundreds from Nick Gubbins and Heino Kuhn; four wickets from Ollie Stone and Ben Coad; and 68 from Haseeb Hameed, which was more than the sum of its parts.

A quick recap of the minutiae of the rules:

Warwickshire CCC 🏏

Correct and bowling points the same.

Only changes are…

– A reduction to a minimum of 90 overs in a day’s play

– Each county’s first innings can last no longer than 120 overs

– The follow-on is now 200 runs

– The new ball will be available after 90 overs


August 2, 2020


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