Somerset beat Worcestershire to set up Bob Willis Trophy final clash with Essex
Somerset will return to Lord’s for the second successive summer after defeating Worcestershire by 60 runs at Blackfinch New Road to seal a spot in the Bob Willis Trophy final against Essex.
The Royal London One-Day Cup holders set the home side a target of 245 and dismissed them for 184 midway through the afternoon session.
Lewis Gregory and Josh Davey, with three wickets apiece, were the main architects of Worcestershire’s downfall but it was another impressive team performance and put the icing on a hugely successful Trophy campaign.
Somerset won four of their five matches and were only denied almost certain victory by the rain in the other match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Their tally of 97 points is comfortably the highest by any county.
The bedrock of their success with the ball have been Craig Overton and Davey with a combined tally of more than 50 wickets in the competition.
Tom Abell (352 runs) and first-innings century-maker Tom Lammonby (343) have been the main contributors with the bat amongst a total of five different players to register hundreds.
Yorkshire wrapped up a 10-wicket victory over Leicestershire shortly after lunch on day four at Emerald Headingley.
The unbeaten White Rose, boosted by Jordan Thompson’s maiden five-wicket haul, secured their third win to go with two draws and moved to the top of the North Group table above Derbyshire.
Leicestershire, beginning the day on 78 for five in their second innings with a deficit of 50, were bowled out for 161, setting a victory target of 34.
Openers Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore completed the formalities at 1.30pm, within 6.2 overs of the chase, finishing on 14 and 23 respectively.
Yorkshire top the North Group but it will not be enough for them to reach the five-day final at Lord’s, starting on September 23. The hosts claimed 21 points to Leicestershire’s three.
Pre-game leaders Derbyshire endured a calamitous afternoon session on the final day of their clash at Liverpool as Lancashire secured a resounding 178-run victory half an hour before the close of play.
The visitors lost six wickets for 17 runs in a frenetic half hour period after lunch that saw them go from 118 for two to 135 for eight thanks to the Red Rose’s young left arm spinners Jack Morley and Tom Hartley.
Not even a brave rear-guard action from Mattie McKiernan and Sam Conners could save Derbyshire, who were eventually bowled out for 202, 178 runs short of the nominal target of 381.
Glamorgan battled bravely to a draw in their final Trophy match of the campaign as Warwickshire’s Ian Bell brought down the curtain on his 20-year first-class career at Sophia Gardens.
It ends a disappointing four-day campaign for Glamorgan, whose batsmen have failed to get going throughout the competition, despite a rotation policy that has seen a number of fringe players being handed opportunities in the top order.
Bell’s final contributions yielded 140 runs for the county he has served so well, and he was given an ovation by both teams, umpires and coaching staff as he left the field for the final time.
A frustrating last-wicket partnership of 45 between Brydon Carse and Ben Raine ensured that Durham earned a draw from their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
When the pair came together Durham had a lead of 156 over their hosts, with around 30 overs still remaining in the contest. Carse’s eventual dismissal, for 31, meant that the target had jumped to 202 from 17 overs.
Nottinghamshire, through the powerful hitting of Peter Trego and the deftness of Ben Duckett, gave it a go before agreeing to call off the chase on 82 for one, with only 7.4 overs left.
England Test opener Rory Burns added 52 to his first innings hundred to lead Surrey to their first Trophy win of the campaign, at the final attempt, in a six-wicket win against Sussex at the Kia Oval.
Surrey captain Burns was joined in a decisive third-wicket partnership of 64 in 14 overs by Jamie Smith, who scored 33 from 51 balls as a fourth innings target of 156 was chased down in 44.5 overs on a turning pitch.
Ben Foakes hit the winning blow when he pulled Delray Rawlins for six after a necessarily circumspect fifth-wicket stand of 37 in 18 overs with Will Jacks, who ended up unbeaten on 22.
England’s Jonny Bairstow rules himself out of T20 World Cup due to injury
The 33-year-old is unsure when he will be fit to return.
Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of India’s Twenty20 World Cup squad
Bumrah is one of the leading seam bowlers in world cricket and his absence is a major setback to India.
Matthew Mott ‘close’ to knowing England’s first-choice World Cup Twenty20 team
The head coach has hinted hint that Harry Brook has forced his way in following the series win in Pakistan.
Teams will fear us – Moeen Ali turns attention to T20 World Cup after series win
England beat Pakistan in the deciding seventh T20 in Lahore.
England finish with a flourish in Lahore to wrap up T20 series win over Pakistan
Dawid Malan led the way with an unbeaten 78 as the tourists won the decider in the seven-match series by 67 runs.
Dawid Malan shines as England set Pakistan 210 to win Twenty20 series decider
Harry Brook added an unbeaten 46 as England made 209 for three in Lahore.
David Saker backs England bowlers to make splash at Twenty20 World Cup
He has been working closely with the team over the course of an entertaining back-and-forth series.
Phil Salt grateful for England backing after starring in big win over Pakistan
The opener had scored just 59 runs in his first five innings on tour but blazed 87 not out to guide England to victory over Pakistan on Friday.
Phil Salt powers England to emphatic win over Pakistan as series goes to decider
Opener Salt scored an unbeaten 88 as England won by eight wickets.
Unbeaten Babar Azam gives Pakistan shot at wrapping up England series
Babar held court throughout the 20 overs and guided his team to 169 for six.