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


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

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To this the first round of five of the new and one-off Bob Willis Trophy, remembering the man and all his magnificent eccentricities in a new world that was impossible to envisage as Essex lifted the County Championship trophy at Taunton that almost-pulsating afternoon last September. Here’s hoping it is as unexpected, quietly wise and capable of moments of inspired high-drama as he was.

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Written by Tanya Aldred at Trent Bridge
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