Bob Willis Trophy
Sat 8 - Tue 11 Aug, 11:00

The Bristol County Ground, Bristol

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Match Report: Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, Bob Willis Trophy


Day Two

Olly Hannon-Dalby and Matt Lamb led the way as Warwickshire edged their way to a narrow advantage over Gloucestershire on an attritional second day of their Bob Willis Trophy match at Bristol.

After Hannon-Dalby’s career-best six for 33 restricted the home side to 210 all out, Lamb’s hard-fought 65 (137 balls, 12 fours) underpinned the Bears’ progress¬† to 230 for eight at the close.

In tricky batting conditions, a slow pitch offering some help to the seamers, Lamb batted with great skill and patience to extend the resistance launched by captain Will Rhodes (41,107 balls, six fours) up top. Their work built on the platform set down by another excellent, big-hearted performance from Hannon-Dalby who took the final two wickets in the morning to finish with 23.3-11-33-6.

With batting conditions not easing, a lead of even 50, if the Bears can press on tomorrow, could be very significant.

After Gloucestershire resumed on 191 for eight, Hannon-Dalby quickly added the wickets of tail-enders Josh Shaw and Matt Taylor. Shaw chipped a catch to sub fielder Dan Mousley at cover, then a fine delivery uprooted Taylor’s middle stump.

The Yorkshireman’s spell of two for nine in 21 balls completed his first six-for in first class cricket and his sixth haul of five-or-more wickets.

In reply, the Bears lost Rob Yates to the third ball of the innings when he edged Ryan Higgins to the wicketkeeper.  Sam Hain soon fell lbw to Matt Taylor but Rhodes and Ian Bell played watchfully to add 40 and take their side to the brink of lunch before the latter edged the last ball before the interval, from George Scott, to second slip.

The afternoon session brought the Bears a solid 78 for one in 31 overs. Rhodes and Lamb knuckled down to add 38 in 17 overs until Ben Charlesworth’s fourth ball yorked Rhodes. Michael Burgess then joined Lamb and the pair continued the recovery with a stand of 69 in 20 overs.

Lamb had just reached his half-century (105 balls) when Burgess (28, 55 balls, five fours) aimed a big drive at Scott and played on.

Tim Bresnan (34 not out, 78 balls) offered further resolute support to Lamb whose three hours 14 minutes of resistance ended when he edged a good one from Higgins into the cordon, evidence that, however long you bat on this pitch, you are never truly ‘in’.

Bresnan and Alex Thomson concentrated hard to take the Bears in front but Gloucestershire hit back hard in the penultimate over of the day when Taylor bowled Thomson (offering no shot) and Brookes.

Match Preview: Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, Bob Willis Trophy

Warwickshire continue their Bob Willis Trophy campaign tomorrow when they pay their first first-class visit to Bristol for 16 years to take on Gloucestershire.

Not since August 2004 have the Bears been to Nevil Road on first-class business, though that match was highly significant as Nick Knight’s side secured a draw which took them to the threshold of the championship title.

It was a match that summed up that title triumph – rooted in hard work and resilience rather than spectacular cricket. Trailing by 242 on first innings, the Bears ground their way to a vital draw thanks to final-day resistance from Jonathan Trott (79), Dougie Brown (49 in more than three hours – he was on 30 for 44 balls), Tony Frost (28 in 95 minutes) and Naqaash Tahir (11 not out, 86 minutes).

This time round, first-team coach Jim Troughton (who scored a  first innings century in the 2004 game) knows a draw will be of little use to Warwickshire. Having drawn their opener against Northamptonshire, they are playing catch up and, in a group with only five games, there isn’t much time to catch up.

“We need to bounce back,” Troughton said. “Somerset and Worcestershire won their first games, so we know straight away that those are two games we have got to win, but first up we have to beat Gloucestershire.

“Getting off to a good start in the group was always going to be key and, for two days, we did that and put ourselves in a good position. It was disappointing not to finish the job but we did get good points from a draw so we are still right in there.

Jim Troughton

“It has been a long time since we played at Bristol but our analyst Stuart Key has made sure we have all the information from their game against Worcestershire. Our batters are in a good place and we have bowlers ready to come in.

“There were guys who were disappointed to miss out for the first game and we have three bowlers – Henry Brookes, Craig Miles and George Garrett, champing at the bit and ready to be selected. Also, the bowlers who played against Northants will have learned from those last two days, particularly in terms of the areas they need to bowl.”

Warwickshire will be without Olly Stone who suffered a side injury during the Northants game, though he was always going to miss this match anyway as part of squad rotation. Liam Norwell is also sidelined by disc trouble in his back.

One area where Troughton will be looking for improvement is the slip cordon where some expensive errors were made against Northants.

“You are always going to drop some catches but they did prove costly,” he said. “I have been pleased with the way we have been attacking our fielding in practice. I think it might be down to positioning rather than mistakes due to not practising hard enough, so that is something we are looking at.”

How to watch

Gloucestershire are running the live stream for this Bob Willis Trophy match through the club’s match centre at gloscricket.co.uk.

Please note that you must register for an account in advance in order to be able to view the live stream across the four days of fixtures.

You will still be able to follow the Bears with live scores, videos and highlights release on our Warwickshire social media channels and on edgbaston.com

Live scorecard

The match live scorecard will appear here once the match is in play.

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