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    England County Season 2020 Thread

    County cricket makes its competitive return on Saturday, with a new tournament getting the shortened season under way.

    Essex won the County Championship and T20 Blast last season, but will only have the chance to defend one of those two trophies this summer.

    The delay to the 2020 season, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has resulted in a fresh red-ball competition being created and named in honour of one of England's greatest players - Bob Willis, who died in December aged 70.

    There are some subtle differences in format compared to the County Championship, and there will be a five-day final to decide the winner.

    "It's fantastic we're getting some cricket," Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie told BBC Radio Sussex.

    "I love the initiative. At this stage it's a one-off, but it's something that every team can aspire to winning.

    "Even if it is just a one-off, what a trophy that will be to hold up at the end of the competition.

    "Every team will be trying as hard as they can to get as many points as they can to take part in that Lord's final."

    How will it work?

    Rather than two divisions, as is the case in the County Championship, the 18 counties are split into three regionalised groups of six for the Bob Willis Trophy:

    North: Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire.
    Central: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.
    South: Essex, Kent, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex.
    Each county will play five four-day matches, facing the other teams in their group once.

    The first round of fixtures starts on Saturday, with the final round of group matches starting on Sunday, 6 September.

    The two group winners with the most points after those five games will progress to the five-day final.

    What changes are there?

    While the Bob Willis Trophy will have first-class status in the absence of the usual County Championship schedule, there will be a number of revised playing conditions to help reduce the risk of injuries, especially to fast bowlers:

    A reduction to a minimum of 90 overs in a day's play.
    Each county's first innings of a match can last no longer than 120 overs.
    The follow-on will increase from 150 to 200 runs.
    The new ball will be available after 90 overs rather than 80 overs.
    Points awarded for a draw will increase from five (in the County Championship) to eight to help mitigate against the impact of weather during a shortened competition.
    All other points scoring will remain the same as in the County Championship, such as 16 points for a win with a maximum of five batting and three bowling bonus points in the first innings.
    For the final, in the event of a draw, whichever team gains a first-innings lead will be determined the winner when both first innings are completed. In any other circumstance of a draw or tie, the trophy will be shared.
    There has also been a change in the loan system for this shortened season to allow counties to loan a player from another county for a minimum of a week.

    What else will be different?

    With England's Test and one-day squads both playing international fixtures, the Bob Willis Trophy will provide opportunities for some new faces to emerge, and also signal a return to some less than familiar grounds in the modern era.

    One of those counties who have had to settle into a "new home" is Hampshire.

    The Ageas Bowl is acting as one of international cricket's bio-secure bubbles, so Hampshire will make Arundel in West Sussex their temporary home.

    Lancashire find themselves in the same situation with Old Trafford also designated for international fixtures, so the Red Rose will be taking one of their two home group matches to Liverpool.

    "You cannot underestimate the work that's required to get the ground at Aigburth up to speed," chief executive Daniel Gidney told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "As an out-ground, there's a lot of additional measures that need to be planned for to make it Covid-19 compliant.

    "At the same time, we've only got so many bodies at the club who have also been working hard at Emirates Old Trafford to support the bio-bubble for Test matches.

    "Full credit to the ECB for getting a competition together as at one stage, we were staring down the barrel of having no county cricket this season."

    Middlesex will also be 'on the road' from Lord's, with two fixtures at Radlett.

    Derbyshire, whose ground has been handed over to both Pakistan as their training base and for women's international fixtures, will be playing all five of their group games away from home.

    Leicestershire, meanwhile, have also seen their fixture schedule reorganised because of the local restrictions in place in the city of Leicester.

    Their opening game against Lancashire has been moved to the neutral venue of Blackfinch New Road, Worcester, while the Foxes hope to play three games at the Fischer County Ground later in the competition.

    It was planned for crowds of up to 2,500 to be permitted to watch the first two days of Surrey v Middlesex at the Kia Oval and Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Edgbaston, after initial pilot events during friendly games at the same two venues last week.

    However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that the larger pilot events would now not take place in England this weekend after a spike in coronavirus cases.

    Surrey all-rounder Rikki Clarke told BBC Radio London: "It was nice to get back in front of a crowd (for the friendly game against Middlesex) and then the opportunity for the next couple of days with 2,500 coming in was obviously very exciting.

    "It's devastating news, but obviously the health and safety of the public is more important.

    "It's a little bit disappointing after all of the hard work that's gone in to getting that ready and up and running."

    Players to look out for

    Global travel restrictions mean a host of overseas and Kolpak signings will be unavailable to counties, paving the way for some new and not-so-new domestic names to potentially grab centre stage.

    Among them will be former England Test opener Haseeb Hameed, who finally starts life at new county Nottinghamshire following his exit from Lancashire last season.

    Hameed burst on to the international stage in 2016 as a 19-year-old, playing three Tests during England's tour of India and making two half-centuries at an average of 43.80 before fracturing a thumb.

    That injury and early return home sparked a downturn in fortunes for the right-hander as a prolonged dip in county form saw him first disappear off England's radar and eventually off Lancashire's books.

    Another young English batsman hoping to build on an impressive past 18 months is Kent's Ollie Robinson.

    While his Sussex seam bowling namesake came close to a Test debut in the recent series against West Indies, the England Lions-capped wicketkeeper-batsman warmed up with an unbeaten century in a friendly against Essex on Monday.

    Robinson, 21, will hope to step up his responsibilities in the top order and with the gloves in the ongoing absence of Joe Denly, Zak Crawley and Sam Billings, who are on England duty.

    Ongoing England success for Dom Sibley has left a vacancy at the top of Warwickshire's batting order, which Rob Yates will hope to continue filling.

    The 20-year-old left-hander from Solihull made his first-class debut last season, originally taking the number three spot made available by Jonathan Trott's retirement and Ian Bell's long-term injury.

    A maiden century against title-chasing Somerset and 91 against Hampshire were the stand-out scores in his first Division One campaign.

    That form appears to have continued into this season after a 65 and an unbeaten 38 in warm-up matches against Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire respectively.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/53585268
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    Opening fixtures (1-4 August)

    North: Durham v Yorkshire, Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire v Lancashire.

    Central: Gloucestershire v Worcestershire, Somerset v Glamorgan, Warwickshire v Northamptonshire.

    South: Essex v Kent, Sussex v Hampshire, Surrey v Middlesex.


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    Taking a knee at Trent Bridge prior to play this morning


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    England's Olly Stone took 4-39 as Warwickshire bowled out Northants for 142 in the Bob Willis Trophy on the long-awaited first day of the season.

    Yorkshire's Ben Coad then weighed in with 4-20 to help bowl out Durham cheaply at Chester-le-Street.

    Kent's Heino Kuhn hit the first century of the county summer, while Middlesex's Nick Gubbins also made 150 not out.

    Gubbins, who did not manage a single first-class century in 2019, led his side to 264-4 against Surrey.

    Kuhn's effort, an unbeaten 140, helped Kent reach 344-6 against 2019 county champions Essex at Chelmsford.

    The first two centurions of the new season in this new trophy both came in the South Group, South African Kuhn reaching his first first-class ton for Kent a quarter of an hour ahead of Gubbins reaching three figures against Surrey.

    Lancashire captain Dane Vilas maintained last summer's superb form in the game with Leicestershire - which had been switched for safety reasons to Worcester - but he fell on 90, just short of becoming the day's third centurion.

    Sunday, 12 April was the date when the 2020 County Championship should have got under way to launch the English domestic season, but the coronavirus pandemic meant the start of the campaign had to be delayed.

    It has taken a further 111 days to get the season going - in a new red-ball competition featuring all 18 counties split into three regional groups of six.

    There had been hope that two of the day's opening matches - Surrey's South Group game at home to Middlesex and Warwickshire's Central Group meeting with Northants - might be played in front of limited 2,500 crowds.

    But that option was taken away by the government's decision on Friday to cancel the various planned pilot events to get crowds back in sports stadiums.

    Yorkshire have been touted as favourites to win the North Group after being paired with five of last season's County Championship Division Two sides, admittedly one of them being promoted Lancashire.

    But the Tykes made a solid start, bowling out Durham for just 103 before ending the first day on 84-4, of which Tom Kohler-Cadmore made 41.

    Lancashire owed most in their total of 265-6 against Leicestershire at Worcester to a fifth-wicket stand of 130 between Vilas and Steven Croft (63), after Josh Bohannon had earlier made 44.

    After being reduced to 97-4 shortly after lunch, Vilas led the way with 14 fours from his 126 deliveries, before edging a drive off Tom Taylor to Hassan Azad at slip.

    Azad had earlier failed to hang onto an earlier chance by Vilas on 28, also off Taylor - a costly miss.

    Lancashire old boy Haseeb Hameed had a happier first game for his new county Nottinghamshire with 68 on his debut against Derbyshire.

    He shared an opening stand of 111 with Chris Nash (59) before Samit Patel (63) helped the Notts tail wag.

    From 192-7, Joey Evison (38) and Jake Ball (34) helped their side reach 324 all out, before Derbyshire closed on 9-0.

    Central Group
    Stone made the headlines for Warwickshire with the first four-wicket haul in the completion named after former Bears fast bowler Willis. But another man making his return after injury, Australian Ryan Sidebottom, took two wickets, while there was one for Tim Bresnan too on his debut for his new team.

    Having bowled out Northamptonshire for 142, the Bears slumped to 85-4 before closing on 130-4 thanks to an unbroken 45-run stand between opener Rob Yates (63 not out) and Michael Burgess (30 not out).

    It was also slow progress at Bristol, where Gloucestershire reached only 246-8 in 91 overs against Worcestershire - a disappointment for the hosts having been 205-2.

    Charlie Morris battled back to finish with 3-35 for the Pears from 20 miserly overs after an earlier 127-run stand between captain Chris Bent and Graeme van Buuren (60).

    Somerset paceman Jack Brooks came to the rescue with his side on 189-9 against Glamorgan.

    The last man, who has a first-class century to his name (for Yorkshire in a Roses Match), smashed 72 out of a stand of 107 with Steven Davies (81 not out) before returning a catch to Graeme Wagg.

    That helped Somerset reach a far healthier 296, Ruaidhri Smith taking 3-41, before Glamorgan saw out the final seven overs of the day on 8-0.

    South Group
    Surrey v Middlesex
    Gubbins struck 17 fours and one six during his unbeaten knock of 150
    Hampshire debutant Ajeet Dale and Mason Crane each took three wickets to help bowl out Sussex for 176, of which George Garton made an unbeaten 54.

    England squad member Ollie Robinson then took two wickets as Hampshire closed on 77-4.

    Middlesex owed most to the unbeaten Gubbins at The Kia Oval but he enjoyed his most prolific partnership with Max Holden, who made 48 in a second-wicket stand of 111, while the ageless Rikki Clarke took 2-33 for Surrey.

    But the day's best collective batting performance was Kent piling up 344-6 against Essex.

    From 23-3, Ollie Robinson (78) put on 150 with Kuhn, who was then further backed by solid efforts from Grant Stewart (37) and 44-year-old Darren Stevens (36).

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/53555560


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    2nd Day roundup

    Tim Bresnan celebrated his move to Warwickshire from Yorkshire by scoring a lusty century. His 105 was stocky and sharp-elbowed and, together with academy graduate Rob Yates’ 88, gave Warwickshire a 227‑run lead against Northamptonshire before the innings was forcibly closed at the end of 120 overs – a new regulation for the Bob Willis Trophy. Northants inched to 19 without loss by stumps.

    Somerset’s Craig Overton laid waste to Glamorgan’s batting taking 5 for 38 with his express seamers. Glamorgan recovered from 38 for six to 131 all out, but their season threatens to open with a whimper.

    An opening partnership of 152 between Jake Libby and Daryll Mitchell put Worcestershire in the velveteen breeches at against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

    It was Kent’s May to September duo of Marcus O’Riordan and Darren Stevens who kept Essex on the hop at Chelmsford. The meticulous Nick Browne took 79 balls over his fifty before being bowled by Stevens; O’Riordan collected his first and second. Alastair Cook fell for eight.

    At Chester-le-Street, Durham wiped clean the memory of their first-innings 103 all out, finishing the day on 106-2 in the second, a lead of 10. Alex Lees constructed a patient 58 not out. Yorkshire had earlier suffered a middle‑innings collapse of 10 for four, rescued by some bat throwing by Ben Coad.

    Ben Slater, on loan from Nottinghamshire for two weeks, crafted an unbeaten hundred for Leicestershire who batted themselves into an encouraging position against an inexperienced Lancashire bowling attack, diminished by England call-ups. Slater and Hassan Azad (58) put on 153 for the first wicket after dismissing Lancashire for 322. Leicestershire were deducted five runs after Dieter Klein hit Danny Lamb on the foot, hurling the ball at the stumps after Lamb poked his delivery back down the pitch.

    A record wicket stand of 80 between Sam Conners and Leus Du Plooy, of which Conners made just five, gave Derbyshire hope at Trent Bridge. Du Plooy stood tall with a wonderful 130, and was applauded off the pitch by the Nottinghamshire players , as Derbyshire lost 6 for 40 around him mid-innings. Conners then took 3-19 in Notts’ second innings.

    A stubborn four-hour 73 by Scott Borthwick ensured that Surrey remained in the game on a stagnant pitch at The Oval. He was backed up by a sprightly cameo from Will Jacks and a more stoical effort from Mark Stoneman. Middlesex had earlier declared just before lunch after Nick Gubbins fell eight runs short of his double century.

    There was something in the water at Sussex where 12 wickets fell in the day in an evenly balanced game. Phil Salt, who made 68 in the first innings, continued in his good form with 80 as the second-innings hiccuped around him. Hampshire were earlier bowled out with a defecit of 23; with three wickets for Ollie Robinson and Mitchell Claydon.

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    Ollie Robinson bowled Sussex to the first victory of the Bob Willis Trophy, his five for 29 dissecting Hampshire’s top order as they were dismissed for 150. Robinson, who was selected for the England training camp ahead of the West Indies series, bowled with metronomic pizazz in both innings to finish with nine for 56 in the match.

    A plucky sixth-wicket fightback by Northamptonshire frustrated Warwickshire. Charlie Thurston (96) and Adam Rossington put on 159 in 48 overs against a Warwickshire side missing frangible bowler Olly Stone who left the field feeling his side but, to much relief, was later seen carrying the drinks. Tim Bresnan continued his dream debut, following his century by taking three wickets.

    Kent turned a commanding position into a vulnerable one after collapsing to 112 all out in their second innings at Chelmsford. Simon Harmer, toothless in the first innings, fizzed into form with four for 35. Earlier, Ryan Ten Doeschate had batted around the Essex lower-order for 78. Essex need 202 to win.

    A lively afternoon’s pummelling by Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Cox put Worcestershire on top at Bristol. They put on 92 in eight overs as the 120 over cut-off approached. Gloucestershire still trail by 26, with copper-bottomed captain Chris Dent out just before the close.

    Tim Murtagh slipped back into familiar boots, storming to five wickets at the Oval as Surrey lost their last seven for 28; before Middlesex built a lead of 259, with more runs for Nick Gubbins (49). Dan Moriarty snaffled three for 39.

    Derbyshire batted in imperturbable hats into the evening at Trent Bridge, losing only one wicket in their unlikely pursuit of 365. Earlier Haseeb Hameed had completed his second fifty of the match and Samit Patel hit 80 as Nottinghamshire pursue their first Championship victory since June 2018.

    Tom Abell’s century manoeuvred Somerset into a dominant position at Taunton, aided by 50 from young concussion replacement Ben Green. The Overton brothers took two wickets each as Glamorgan wobbled in reply. Yorkshire need just 67 to win at Chester-le-Street after an early scare from a Chris Rushworth flurry (3-38) was calmed by an unbeaten 50 from Dawid Malan. Earlier Matt Fisher had ruined a promising Durham fightback with a spell of four for 19.

    A career-best 172 from Ben Slater helped Leicestershire declare with a first innings lead of 87; Lancashire then lost three early wickets, finishing just nine runs ahead.

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    The Bob Willis Trophy match between Lancashire and Nottinghamshire has been moved from Emirates Old Trafford to Trent Bridge.

    Lancashire and Nottinghamshire agreed the move to safeguard and protect the bio-security of Emirates Old Trafford as a host for behind-closed-doors international cricket this summer.

    Lancashire will remain as the home team for the match, which is due to begin on Saturday, 15 August.


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