Bob Willis Trophy Roundup as Harmer continues fine form

Another round of Bob Willis Trophy matches was completed on Tuesday, with Essex, Yorkshire, Hampshire and Gloucestershire completing wins.

The new red ball competition which has replaced the county championship is already proving to be a winner.

Tykes go level at the top with Derbyshire

In the North Group, Yorkshire completed an easy 90 run win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Notts looked favourites after bowling out Yorkshire for 278 to be set 188 to win. 

But Notts were dismissed inside 30 overs for a paltry 97 with Jordan Thompson taking three wickets.

The victory was Yorkshire’s second in the competition with both being away from Headingly. The next match for the Tykes will be against also unbeaten Derbyshire at home starting on Saturday.

In the Central Group Worcestershire missed out on victory after leaving their declaration far to late against Glamorgan at Worcester.

They looked on top when they reduced Glamorgan to 5 for 3. But it was down to Captain Chris Cook’s 82 run stand with Billy Root who rescued the Welsh side.

It was a match to remember for Cook who earlier had equalled the Glamorgan wicketkeeping record of nine dismissals in a match.

Somerset are currently leading the way at the top of the table after registering their second win against Northants.

Gloucester forced a 78-run victory over Warwickshire at Bristol on Tuesday.  After the Bears were set 239 to win in a minimum of 65 overs, Warwickshire were reeling at 4 -3. It was down to skipper Will Rhodes who top scored with 48 to rescue them, before the side fell short.

Hampshire edge a thriller at Radlett in South Group

In the South Group a thrilling finish at Radlett saw Hampshire beat Middlesex by three wickets.

Joe Weatherley and Keith Barker were the Hampshire heroes after they added 53 for the eighth wicket to see Hampshire home. Tim Murtagh with 3-41 and Thilan Walallawita with 3-28 looked to have bowled Middlesex to victory when Hampshire slumped to 108 for 7.

The injury hit visitors were already without Liam Dawson who was out of the game with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Last man Ryan Stevenson was only able to bat with a runner after injuring his leg colliding with a metal pole while fielding.  But they weren’t needed as Hampshire posted their first win in the competition.

Essex are the only side with a one hundred per cent record in the group after beating Surrey at Chelmsford.

South African spinner Simon Harmer proved once again the match winner for Essex after finishing with match figures of 14 for 131.

Harmer, has now taken 18 five wicket hauls in 41 games for Essex. The side completed victory against Surrey on Tuesday afternoon by 169 runs.

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