WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
3%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
21%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
34%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
36%
  



PostmanPissed 5:26 Wed Aug 5
Bob Willis Trophy
County Cricket is underway but haven't seen a thread for it. The Bob Willis Trophy replaces the County Championship this season as the 4 day competition.

Opening round wins for Sussex against Hampsire, Derbyshire v Notts, Yorkshire v Durham, Leicestershire v Lancashire, Worcester v Gloucester, Somerset v Glamorgan and Middlesex v Surrey.

Warwickshire and Northants drew and most importantly Essex sent Kent packing back over the bridge with their tails between their legs.

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Sven Roeder 9:32 Wed Oct 21
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Ha ha

Still coining it in
Probably fortunate not to be in Adelaide having to bowl at Cameron Green

Dr Matt 9:27 Wed Oct 21
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Any news on Poor man’s GBH?

Sven Roeder 7:44 Wed Oct 21
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
S African government have given the go ahead for England’s white ball tour next month
Will play 3 T20’s (Nov 27,29 & Dec 1) & 3 ODI’s (Dec 4, 6 & 9)

Westside 12:37 Wed Oct 21
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Sir Chef voted Cricket Writers' Club player of the year.

Zak Crawley young player.

Sven Roeder 5:25 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Supposedly seeded based on the 2019 Championship & 2020 Bob
Guess that’s why Essex & Somerset are apart

ABDeV puts Archer over the fence for RCB to win with 2 balls to spare
55no off 22 balls
70/0 off the last 5 overs

Westside 4:54 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
For the initial group stages, is it just a random allocation of teams? Any seedings?

Obviously not regional.

Sven Roeder 11:50 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Misses the NSW Sheffield Shield game v WA starting Monday
Just bought another house with his IPL wage packet this month

Dr Matt 11:34 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Any news on Pat Cummins?

Sven Roeder 11:34 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Yes, in the Division One you wouldnt play the other team thats qualified from your initial group again

6 teams , playing 5 home and 5 away and the top two go on
Someones been watching the Sheffield Shield

Far Cough 11:08 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
So that's two more trophies for ESSEX then?

Iron Duke 10:54 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
The six teams in Division One play a further four matches.

I suppose they must somehow factor in the games already played against the other team who qualified for Division One, even though that would have been two matches.

The format sounds good in theory. Keeps things competitive.

Sven Roeder 10:36 Sat Oct 17
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Revision of the County game for 2021 will see Essex defend the County Championship title AND the Bob Willis Trophy

The County Championship groups
Group 1: Essex, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Durham.
Group 2: Somerset, Hampshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire, Middlesex, Leicestershire.
Group 3: Kent, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Glamorgan, Sussex.

How will it work?
Each county will play 10 four-day games in the group stage - five home and five away.
The top two teams in each group will go through to a second group stage called Division One.
The six teams in Division One play a further four matches, with the side that finishes top of Division One crowned 2021 County Championship winners.
The top two teams in Division One will contest five-day Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord's.
The remaining 12 teams that do not go into Division One will move into Divisions Two and Three, in which teams will play another four matches.


So, a mixture of a league system for the Championship & a final playoff for the Bob Willis

Dr Matt 2:46 Tue Oct 13
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
10 matches under the new no ball law.

5 wickets.

409 runs.

Average of over 81.

Far Cough 7:49 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Should be Baron Botham of Headingly 1981

Sven Roeder 7:47 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Baron Botham of Ravensworth

Far Cough 6:33 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
FMOB, Beefy is now Lord Beefy

PostmanPissed 9:27 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Delighted to see that Surrey lost in the blast final.

Lets look at how many of those English players that played in the final for Surrey were produced by other teams.

Ben Foakes (Essex)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Liam Plunkett (Durham)
Gareth Batty (Yorkshire)
Reece Topley (Essex)

lowermarshhammer 3:49 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
#14 Aaron BEARD, aged 22, perhaps not destined to be the greatest cricketer of all time, Chelmsford boy, plays for the ESSEX and has won as many redball trophies in his short career as Hampshire have done in over 160 years...

lowermarshhammer 3:22 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Left ESSEX to further his England career.

Correct me if I'm wrong but all of his England caps except one have been whilst he was an Essex player...

Absolute shit fielder and if he came in to bat at number 14 that would be about 3 places too high.

Badly advised by his motormouth father.

Dr Matt 3:12 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Played for England.

All that matters.

More caps than Porter, Little Chef and Beard combined.

lowermarshhammer 12:43 Mon Oct 5
Re: Bob Willis Trophy
Reece :sicknote' TOPLEY blowing up during the final at Edgbaston, 18 runs in an over costing moneybags Surrey the game.

Since he declined to sign a contract with the mighty mighty ESSEX for 2016 he's either been injured or winning fuck all.
5 trophies for the club since he fucked off.

Excellent.

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