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Bob Willis Trophy Round 3: Best bits

Hants record sensational victory as Essex make it three successive wins

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Bob Willis Trophy Round 3: Best bits

James Fuller celebrates a remarkable win for Hampshire

Leicestershire 208/3 draw with Durham 291/8d
Lancashire 173 & 120/0 draw with Nottinghamshire 472
Yorkshire 400/6d draw with Derbyshire 300/7d

Glamorgan 116 & 197/8 draw with Gloucestershire 181
Northamptonshire 212 & 184 lost to Worcestershire 219 & 255/6 by 78 runs
Warwickshire 121 & 140/d draw with Somerset 413/9d

Hampshire 298 beat Surrey 172 & 74 by an innings and 52 runs
Kent 191 & 70/0 draw with Middlesex 269 & 169/1d
Sussex 194 & 141 lost to Essex 140 & 199/7 by 3 wickets

Much like the hat-trick that swayed matters Hampshire's way, this was an unexpected outcome when play started on the final day. The hosts were still in their first innings, following rain delays over the course of the previous three days, and there was little chance of a result against Surrey. Yet despite that, Sam Northeast's team battled on, scoring a further 100 runs to their overnight total, prior to dismissing Surrey for a second time, claiming all 10 wickets for a mere 74 runs, to win by an innings, James Fuller the standout performer with the ball.

Hitting a hundred is always sweat, but for Tom Fell this meant so much more. Not only was it a century that set-up a pleasing win for Worcestershire to improve their pursuit of the Bob Willis Trophy, but also a moment for reflection, to acknowledge the difficulties he's overcome in the the previous years fighting off cancer and a look ahead to future possibilities. Well batted.

A nail-biting contest that ebbed and flowed in both teams' favour at different intervals eventual settled in Essex's benefit. That was mainly due to an enterprising innings of stature by Dan Lawrence, who struck 60 off 72 balls while no one else in his side managed more than 27 in their second innings. Sussex came mighty close to stopping the County Championship title-holders from making it three wins in three. Simon Harmer was tested by the middle order, which ultimately relented, before George Garton and Mitch Claydon had the visitors teetering seven wickets down with 24 runs still needed. But Paul Walter and Aaron Beard were up tot he challenge of seeing Essex to victory.

The weather prevented the victory Somerset craved, but for departing Jamie Overton it'll still be a match to remember, as he struck his maiden First-Class century. If that wasn't enough, he did so batting at number 10, hitting a remarkable 120 off of just 92 balls, to shift the game Somerset's way.ย 

With rain disrupting the first three days, the match between Leicestershire and Durham looked set to drift away until some declaration bowling breathed life into the contest and suddenly the hosts needed 292 to win. If not for further downpours in the afternoon, we may well have seen a result too, as Leicestershire we left stranded on 208/3 and the umpires calling an early end to proceedings.


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