Weather Woes

The latest round of Bob Willis Trophy matches were affected by weather woes. Nevertheless, through four days of interrupted play, members of the Phoenix family were still able to make telling contributions for their counties.

North Group

Yorkshire (15) vs.Derbyshire (13)

Going into the match Derbyshire topped the North Group. They left Emerald Headingley, four days later, still leading the way, after drawing with Yorkshire. The North Group is shaping into a two horse race between these two counties.

George Hill made his first-class debut for Yorkshire who were put into bat by the visitors. Yorkshire declared on 400-6. George opening his first-class account by making 4no and Matt Critchley taking 1-74.

Derbyshire’s reply was steady. Matt Critchley was the keystone in the innings. Matt¬† made an invaluable 159 ball 63 (7 fours) and calmly guided Derbyshire to the draw. In his first outing, George returned bowling figures of 0-27 off 13 overs.

Nottinghamshire (16) vs. Lancashire (9)

Nottinghamshire made 472 all out in their first innings. Joe Clarke returned to form making 57 (10 fours) off 97 balls. For Lancashire, Liam Livingstone returned figures of 3-79 while George Balderson took 2-73.

Lancashire were all out for 173 in their first innings. Steve Mullaney, the Notts. captain, asked Lancashire to follow-on. As the match unfolded a draw became inevitable with Lancashire making 120-0 in their second innings.

South Group

Hampshire (21) vs. Surrey (3)

Does any ground epitomise the idyll of English cricket more than Arundel?

Probably, reflections on the pastoral topography of Arundel was not a priority for Surrey, who are on a roll when it comes to losing matches. The bald facts are: Hants won by an innings and 52 runs. While Surrey prop-up the group with 9 points after losing three straight matches.

Surrey made 172 all out in their first innings, Mason Crane taking 2-8 off 4 overs. Hants had less problem scoring runs making 298 all out, Mason chipping in with 25no.

Second time around, Surrey collapsed to 74 all out. Mason was again amongst the wickets taking 3-19. Scott Borthwick will want to forget his trip to Arundel, making just 0 and 5 with the bat.

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