Bob Willis final given extra validity by presence of Essex and Somerset | Vic Marks


The country’s top teams will contest the one-off final, starting at Lord’s on Wednesday, to decide the Championship winners

The Bob Willis Trophy final, to be contested at Lord’s starting on Wednesday, has been given extra validity by the presence of Essex and Somerset. Jason Kerr, Somerset’s first-team coach, sums the situation up neatly: “The best two teams in the country have reached the final. As things stand, Essex are the number one red-ball team and we are number two. It would be great to reverse those standings and that is the aim.”

At the end of last summer there was an unofficial Championship decider at Taunton, ruined by autumnal rain, which ensured Essex could secure the draw they needed to win the title for the second time in three years. This year the forecast is far from perfect but it is better than in 2019 and there are five days set aside for a match that will attract great attention in Chelmsford and Taunton but also among those plotting the domestic schedule for 2021 and beyond. Is an official final to decide the winners of the Championship a good idea? Perhaps we will have a better idea by Sunday evening.

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Written by Vic Marks
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