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Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Final at London, , Sep 28 2021 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Final, Lord's, September 28 - October 01, 2021, Bob Willis Trophy

Warwickshire won by an innings and 199 runs

LANCS 2nd Innings
Full commentary

12.05pm: The Bears have their paws on the Bob (eventually, as Will Rhodes walked straight on past the plinth) and it's just left to say - that's all folks! Another summer done and dusted, time to batten down the hatches for a few months (or switch over to the other channels). Thanks for your contributions, as always. From Miller, Matt, Valkerie, Paul, George and myself, as well as Hoppsy, Paul and several others, it's been a bundle of fun. Of course, there's a T20 World Cup hoving into view, so we'll be seeing many of you again soon. Cheerio!

11.55am: Doesn't look like we're getting the presentations any time soon Ah, here we go, let's do this, then. Dane Vilas, Lancashire's captain: "Bit tired, the last five weeks have been tough, but really enjoyable, trying to win a Championship. Bit disappointing, the boys are upset at me for losing the toss. They bowled well and put us under massive pressure, hard to come back from 12 for 6. [Motivation after losing out on Championship] We had the rollercoaster but were keen to come here and win the Bob. I was disappointed but Warwickshire outplayed us. We wanted to get to Division One and a Lord's final, we ticked a few boxes. It's been a good season, but we've got things to improve on with a young squad."

Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes: "Been a rollercoaster few weeks, losing to Hampshire and then winning three games in a row to win the two trophies, really proud of the guys. Coming to Lord's is motivation enough, with the trophy on the line and Bob's connection to Warwickshire, we wanted to bring it back. [Hundred] Nice to come into a bit of form, but the other guys set it up, allowing us to kick on and get a big total. [Rob Yates] Terrific player, outstanding at the top of the order, looks a real prospect and an academy graduate as well, which is what we want. You always believe you can win but achieving it is something else. We won a couple early against Notts and Essex and got on a roll."

11.41am: Just over an hour needed to wrap this up on the fourth morning, the Bears have done the business in St John's Wood. Warwickshire flexed their Champion County muscles here - having whistled out Lancashire for 78 on the first morning, then racked up a 500-plus score, only a patchy weather forecast could leave the result in any doubt. A fine first season in charge for Mark Robinson is capped with double silverware - and they might get to keep the BWT, if this is the last time it is played

Norwell to Bailey, OUT

swipes at a pull, the top edge goes high... superbly taken by Burgess running towards fine leg! A run and a leap to take it in both hands, and that is that for the English summer! Warwickshire win by an innings and 199 runs to become the second holders of the Bob Willis Trophy

Tom Bailey c †Burgess b Norwell 24 (23b 4x4 0x6 39m) SR: 104.34
Norwell to Bailey, FOUR runs

short and whipped away off the back foot, Bailey continuing to play nicely, swings four more - and that takes Lancs past their heaviest innings defeat against another county

Norwell again, can he finish this?

end of over 681 run
LANCS: 237/9CRR: 3.48 
Matt Parkinson0 (5b)
Tom Bailey20 (21b 3x4)
Danny Briggs 19-1-58-3
Liam Norwell 14-2-56-2
Briggs to Parkinson, no run

floated up teasingly wide of the stumps, Parkinson has a dip at this one and is beaten

Briggs to Parkinson, no run

gives it some air, drifting in straighter, defended on leg stump

Briggs to Parkinson, no run

tossed up wide, lets this one go through

Briggs to Parkinson, no run

flighted, outside off and tapped away coming across

Briggs to Parkinson, no run

spin and bounce, beats the prod from Parky!

Briggs to Bailey, 1 run

tossed up and he goes for the revers-sweep... gloved through Bresnan's legs at slip! Think that just about carried, but he was in the process of coming up

Bailey keeps the strike against Briggs

end of over 673 runs
LANCS: 236/9CRR: 3.52 
Tom Bailey19 (20b 3x4)
Matt Parkinson0 (0b)
Liam Norwell 14-2-56-2
Danny Briggs 18-1-57-3
Norwell to Bailey, 1 run

full toss, dug out to the on side for a sneaked single

Norwell to Bailey, no run

Bailey advances, Norwell digs it in back of a length, whistles through between bat and pads, over leg stump

Norwell to Bailey, 2 runs

pitched up on the stumps, Bailey plays a neat clip off the pads in front of the midwicket sweeper for a couple

Norwell to Bailey, no run

full outside off, punched into the covers

Norwell to Bailey, no run

pitched up wide of the stumps, Bailey throws the bat but fails to connect

Norwell to Bailey, no run

bangs a hard length, Bailey coves his stumps and defends

Matt Parkinson is out at No. 11. Just another 207 required between the last pair to make Warks bat again...

end of over 6611 runs • 1 wicket
LANCS: 233/9CRR: 3.53 
Tom Bailey16 (14b 3x4)
Danny Briggs 18-1-57-3
Liam Norwell 13-2-53-2
Briggs to JM Blatherwick, OUT

beats the charge and it's an easy stumping! Went slower and wider as the No.10 again jumped out, couldn't get his bat near this one and Burgess does the rest to put Warks on the brink

Jack Blatherwick st †Burgess b Briggs 11 (7b 1x4 1x6 10m) SR: 157.14
Briggs to JM Blatherwick, no run

floated up and defended

Briggs to JM Blatherwick, 1 wide

sprayed wide of off, spinning off the cut strip... Briggs wary of being charged again

Briggs to JM Blatherwick, FOUR runs

floated up, Blatherwick runs down and turns it into a low full toss, mowed through cow corner! Not a great connection but it trundles away

Briggs to JM Blatherwick, no run

tossed up a bit slower, spinning through wide of the stumps

Briggs to JM Blatherwick, SIX runs

thoroughly blootered! Blatherwick on the charge, collars Briggs with a smash into the stands over long-on

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