All Bob Willis Trophy matches were played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching the ECB’s enhanced live stream of the match, without which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live.
Bob Willis Trophy Final. Somerset v Essex. 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th September 2020. Lord’s.
Somerset. B.F.G. Green, T.A. Lammonby, T.B. Abell (c), E.J. Byrom, G.A. Bartlett, S.M. Davies (w), L. Gregory, C. Overton, J.H. Davey, M.J. Leach, J.A. Brooks.
Essex. N.L.J. Browne, Sir Alistair Cook, T. Westley (c), D.W. Lawrence, P.I. Walter, R.N. ten Doeschate, A.J.A. Wheater, S.R. Harmer, A.P. Beard, S.J. Cook, J.A. Porter.
Overnight. Somerset 301 and 227 for 7. Essex 337 for 8 inns closed. Somerset lead by 191 runs with three second innings wickets standing.
Final day – A Herculean struggle
This was another day of push and counter-push between two sides who had given their all in this match in pursuit of the Bob Willis Trophy. The day had begun with half an hour of cricket rather akin to a concert support act before the main event. Interesting and competitive in itself, but never likely to rival what was to follow. That is not to decry the batting of Overton and Davey who played well enough in lifting the Essex target ahead of the anticipated declaration; or the bowling of Harmer and Porter, who bowled tightly to limit the target and perhaps reduce the length of time their batsmen would have to bat. But the main issue of the day, irrespective of whether Essex made an attempt on the target, would be: could Somerset take ten wickets? Any other outcome would see Essex winning the trophy.Read More »