County cricket: Notts v Derbyshire and more as Bob Willis Trophy begins – live!

by Theguardian

Updates from around the grounds as delayed season startsCounty cricket returns with new rules and no spectatorsEmail Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or comment below the line

6.48am BST

Some pitches for your delectation – at Chelmsford and then Chester le Street.

Its been scorchio the day before the first 4 dayer this season.The month of practice has gone well, the @EssexCricket team look up for it! Just put it to bed for the night too hot to cover this arvoOutfield dry as a nuns and getting a bit crunchy underfoot! #hotterthanIndia

All set and ready for the first 4day game starting tomorrow against Yorkshire. Pretty happy with my first set of practice wickets of this season. And it will be Nice to see some cricket again tomorrow! @DurhamCricket

11.16pm BST

To this the first round of five of the new Bob Willis Trophy, remembering the man and his wild curls in this one-off trophy during, in words I didn’t expect to be writing as Essex celebrated at Taunton last September, a global pandemic. Here’s hoping it is as eccentric, wise and capable of moments of inspired high-drama as he was.

Unfortunately, the new lockdown restrictions that came into force at midnight on Friday, means that the two grounds that were supposed to be experimenting with socially-distanced crowds – The Oval and Edgbaston – have had to close their gates again. No further loosening will happen till at least 15 August, when the third round of games is due to begin. But you can follow the games on BBC radio, via county streams and here where coffees will be served at approx at 10.30am BST, when I’ve got through the bio-secure measures at Trent Bridge.

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