Warwickshire in charge of Bob Willis Trophy final: day two – as it happened

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The county champions ended day two on 464-7 in reply to Lancashire’s 78 all out in a one-sided affair at Lord’s

Match report


Stumps: Bad light stops play Warwickshire 464-7 (Rhodes 151, Miles 12)

That’s it for another day. A fabulous day for Warwickshire, brilliant from Yates and from Rhodes in particular. We’ll be back tomorrow - have a lovely evening!

And as they take a last drink of the session, the sun suddenly appears to the right of the pavilion. Time for me to write the match report, with Warwickshire 418-4, Burgess 41, Rhodes 136.

Parky looks tired, reels into his 23rd over, drying his hands on the pitch, then on the grass. Warwickshire pick off a couple of runs here and there, dib and dab, tip and run. Pleasurable lethargy. Warwickshire 415 for four.

Matt Parkinson: a hard day’s work. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

400 up!

And on it goes. With 25 overs left. Burgess 30, Rhodes 129.

“Is this vote/ballot only among the 18 counties? asks Romeo. “Is there a specific
committee of f-c counties in which national counties and MCC don’t
participate? Is there a process for if they never reach a two-thirds

“The ECB’s procedures are as opaque as a solid stone wall. This is a big
part, I think, of why so many cricket followers get cross.”

This is just the first-class counties. The CEOs and chairs were in the meeting but the vote comes from the 18 chairs. And as to what happens if they don’t reach a two-thirds majority, I’m not sure.

News from the county chairs meeting: Nothing has been decided. They talked over the ECB recommendation (conferences next season, with the results having some bearing on a return to a two-division structure in 2023). That will then be voted on, with the ballots returned early next week. A two-thirds majority is needed for any decision to stand.


It’s bloody lovely out there now in the sun. Reminds me of coming to an end of the season game in 1999 - with a pause as Rhodes brings up the Warwickshire 350 with a lofted on drive for four off Wells - when beer was for sale at 1895 prices (can that be true?)

And not forgetting, the umpires of the year: Anna Harris and Alex Wharf.

What an awesome and slightly surreal summer it's been - thank you to everyone who voted for me! https://t.co/KSG0lLwIyQ

— Anna Harris (@a_y_harris) September 28, 2021

WICKET! Lamb b Wells 0 (Warwickshire 341-4)

What is this tumble of wickets? A beauty that dips and turns out of the dust.

WICKET! Hain b Blatherwick 55 (Warwickshire 340-3)

Skidding through, nipping off stump.

🙌 @BlatherwickJM 🙌

🌹 #RedRoseTogether #BWTFinal


— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) September 29, 2021


Tea Warwickshire 339-2 (Rhodes 102, Hain 54)

This time it is Rhodes who is the Warwickshire centurion getting the standing ovation in front of the pavilion. The Lancashire fielders put their arms round each other and follow him off. Nothing to do but wait.

Fifty for Sam Hain!

A lovely off drive brings up yet another fifty for Warwickshire. On the radio, Mark Robinson calls Hain, “a special talent, if a little bit risk averse at time.”

Take that, Lankies! Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

County ins and outs

Recent ins: James Sales has signed a two-year contract with Northants; Adil Rashid a two-year white-ball deal and Gary Ballance a three-year contract with Yorkshire.

Recent outs: Dieter Klein has left Leicestershire; Aaron Thomason says goodbye to Sussex.

A century for Will Rhodes! (Warwickshire 320-2)

He edges, just short of slip, picks up a couple, to reach his first hundred of the season. He pulls off his helmet, beams the biggest smile, and is hugged by Hain. Well played, captain!

Yes, I think Warwicks will bat all day: 310-2 and counting.

Given that in the event of a draw, the team with the biggest first innings score takes the #BobWillisTrophy, shouldn't Warwickshire just now try and bat for the full two and a half days remaining, and be done with it ... @tjaldred

— VoiceOfTheMysterons (@Mysteron_Voice) September 29, 2021

“How much of Wasim Khan’s decision was influenced by England’s withdrawal?” asks Andrew Benton. “Had they gone ahead he would surely have been lauded - he took a gamble to support England for the good of Pakistan’s cricket, the UK game and the global game, which they have now thrown back in his face.”

I think it was a crushing blow, if Wasim Khan can’t do it, who can?


A slow period of play here at Lord’s where a bigger crowd than Tuesday is sun-bathing and the county chairs (the one woman Mehmooda Duke resigned today) discuss the future of the game (TM). Warwickshire 275-2 (Hain 14, Rhodes 80).


Wasim Khan’s resignation statement:

Wasim Khan's statement following his resignation #Cricket pic.twitter.com/mBbDz501zF

— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 29, 2021

Part 2 of Wasim Khan's statement following his resignation as Chief Executive of PCB #Cricket pic.twitter.com/yOXVeDbjxT

— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 29, 2021


“It’s good to see that Freddie Gardner makes the side,” taps Mike Daniels. “A fine batter who did much for the County and local cricket in Coventry. The local U21 midweek competition was fought for the Fred Gardner trophy and it was an honour if you won it.
Having bowled to 3 of that top 5, Fred’s pads seemed the largest, you might get past the bat but there was no way you were bowling him.

“Great work from the Bears these past two days, on top of the Villans storming Old Trafford on Saturday, then Birmingham seems to be “Lording” it over Manchester in sporting terms. Come on You Bears/UTV.”

Stole a pocket of summer back, on a sunny bench outside the pavilion, warm enough to let shoulders slip back down from around the ears. Returned just in time to see Rob Yates swing at a wide one from Parky and be caught at slip for 113 rather lovely runs. Warwicks 243 for 2, a lead of 165.

A strange choice from Ian Watmore, to tackle the Pakistan subject by speaking to two papers - the Mail and the Telegraph - but not open the floor to everyone.

Ian Watmore interview (ignore Root headline) on Ashes tour and Pakistan cancellation https://t.co/ovMdnF70RY

— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) September 29, 2021


Lunch: Warwickshire 224-1 (Yates 110, Rhodes 50)

A nice little standing ovation for Yates from the members as they all head in for lunch.

I’ve heard a few whispers about Joe Clarke making the Lions tour this winter, so this seems an apt stat:

Rob Yates becomes the first player to make five first-class hundreds in an English summer at 22 or younger since Joe Clarke in 2016

— Matt Roller (@mroller98) September 29, 2021

Fifty for Will Rhodes!

He’s having fun, pancaking Wells through mid-wicket before raising his bat. At the other end, Parkinson fluffs a tricky caught and bowled with Yates on 109.

Mellow fruitfulness: Will Rhodes. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Peter Gibbs has a question: “With some seriousness, can you tell us on Guardian OBO ( me) more about the European Cricket Championship that I just noticed is on BT sport 2 (I’m not subscribed) . Live right now is Germany vs Czech in Spain, later on it is Finland vs Italy. Genuinely would love to know.”

Peter, this is not my specialist subject, but in summary: it is a T10 tournament between 15 sides ( Italy, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal and Finland, England, Scotland) played in the still-sunny Mediterranean, with the final to be held on October 8 in Cartama, southern Spain. Here is a handy guide.


Rob Yates reaches his hundred!

With an eggs-over-easy cover drive, Yates reaches his hundred. It’s his fifth this year, no other batsmen has made as many in first-class cricket. It is also his first away from Edgbaston. A lovely interview with him here by Nick Friend of The Cricketer, explaining that in that breakthrough hundred against Essex, Vihari told him to treat Simon Harmer like a club bowler.

One to watch: Rob Yates. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images


I’ve had an email entitled tsk from Geoff Wignall. “Hello Tanya,I’m not sure that typing Hegg instead of Engineer in the best postwar Lancs XI can be put down to a simple typo. No pudding for you I’m afraid.And Chappell ahead of Higgs might cause at least one eyebrow to twitch, wonderful as Chappell was.”

Chappell never got his England cap, so gets one from me instead. And yes, I’m sorry for letting Engineer sob into his hanky, but we only allowed ourselves two overseas players.

Yates and Rhodes brings up the fifty partnership, another fifty partnership, as the Warwickshire ship sails merrily over the horizon, sundowners on ice. Incidentally, I missed this fantastic stat from yesterday:

@tjaldred @ZaltzCricket So the first day of the Bob Willis trophy match possibly ends with identical scores to Day 1 of the Ind v Eng match at Headingley...
78 all out and 120-0 in reply.

— Louis Wood (@rlouiswood) September 28, 2021

With Warwickshire cruising at 175-1, Parky gets a go. I’m trying to work out how cold his hands are, the only clue when he doesn’t pick up a return cleanly in his follow-through. Pity the poor spinner in April and near-October.

A great piece by Raf on an England Women’s A tour of Australia - though not sure how up in the air this is.

And news from Pakistan, where Wasim Khan, one of cricket’s good guys, has stepped down from his job with the PCA as the fallout from England’s withdrawal from the tour continues.

Big News: Wasim Khan steps down as PCB CEOhttps://t.co/KjIcuqQXQN

— Umar Farooq Kalson (@kalson) September 29, 2021

In an attempt to jolly along people who might be asleep at the back, here is our attempt at best Lancashire and Warwickshire post-war XIs:

Lancashire: Atherton, Washbrook, Crawley, Lloyd, Hegg, Flintoff,, Chapple, Wasim Akram, Statham, Anderson, Tattersall. Coach: David Lloyd.

Warwickshire: Amiss, Gardner, Trott, Lara, Bell, MJK Smith, Piper, Cartwright, Donald, Hollies, Willis. Coach: Bob Woolmer.


WICKET! Sibley lbw Bailey 57 (Warwickshire 133-1)

Like a mouse in a trap.


Dom Sibley makes fifty!

Sibley turns Blatherwick off his ankles and down to the fine leg boundary. Happy to see him back in the runs after a summer of international disappointment.

A half-century for Dom Sibley.
A half-century for Dom Sibley. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images


Tom Bailey has the ball at the pavilion end, where a scattering of members are spread over the (newly upholstered) benches. He delivers a maiden, a couple of bat skidders, as Rob Yates tries to regain yesterday’s pizazz.


And so the season comes full circle: on the Lord’s outfield the players practise in woolly hats while the poor stewards standing in the shade try to rub life back into their fingers.

The second day begins with Warwickshire fluffing out their tail feathers, a lead of 42 and ten wickets in hand, after Lancashire were spatchcocked for 78.

Meanwhile, here’s how Tuesday’s play unfolded …


Tanya Aldred at Lord's

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