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Willis Trophy
Discussion started by Grizzers , 20 June, 2020 16:18
Willis Trophy
Grizzers 20 June, 2020 16:18
Vic seems optimistic that the 'Willis Trophy' may well actually take place this season and that it could have first class status:


Which got me wondering, which XI could/would we field ? I'm unclear how things would work as regards our 'famous five' candidates for Test matches, but on the assumption that none of Lewis, Jove, Cove, Jack or Dom were available, our options would obviously be severely impacted.

How about the following XI:

1) Steve
2) Eddie
3) George
4) James
5) Tom A.
6) Tom B.
7) Ben Green
8) RvdM
9) Nathan Gilchrist
10) Josh
11) Jack B.

Re: Willis Trophy
wsm fan 20 June, 2020 16:37
Tom B likely to be busy with England white ball stuff.

I'd imagine one of Leach or Bess may be released once the summer begins. Same for Lewis & Jamie possibly.

The 30 man squads are initial, the Windies squad is expected to be trimmed to 20ish prior to the first test.

Re: Willis Trophy
Scrumper 21 June, 2020 00:44
Put Roelof at 11 if it's red ball.

Re: Willis Trophy
Loyal of Lhasa 22 June, 2020 10:41
May be I'm wrong, but I had the impression that Willis was no great suppporter of the county game...

The Trescothick Trophy has a nice alliterative ring to it.


Seventy-two Seasons a Somerset Supporter

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22/06/2020 12:53 by Loyal of Lhasa.

Re: Willis Trophy
nelliec 23 June, 2020 12:17
Would prefer 6 three day games (120 overs) plus a 50 over game at the same venue with 3 away and home including 2 local derbies. Sur ely enough squad players for both formats without the hundred.Could award a point system for both together.
On a second point where we would we stand with our deductions,and would the suspended one get put back another year after that.

Re: Willis Trophy
Grockle 23 June, 2020 12:20
One would assume that will move to next year in some format and nothing would be used in this strange 2020 season. There'd be no point in us being involved with any kind of points deduction for a shortened event.


Re: Willis Trophy
mikeindex 23 June, 2020 12:21
Or Tom L for Ben Green?

Re: Willis Trophy
Farmer White 23 June, 2020 14:11
This article in The Cricketer:


contains this quote:

"The Cricketer understands Somerset and Gloucestershire both have plans to bring their squads off the government's Job Retention Scheme on July 1."

However, the news for recreational cricket is not good. The government has annoiunced significant relaxations in the coronavirus regulations, but they do not apply to recreational cricket because of the risk of the virus being transmitted via the ball. It cannot therefore restart nin July as hoped.

There is also concern, reported in a Mailonline article, about Pakistan's proposed tour here in August because three of the squad have tested positive for the virus.

Link here:


Edit update: A total of ten members of the Pakistan squad have now tested positive. Those whohave tested negative will depart for the UK on 28 June.


Apologies. This post has grown like topsy as the news came in. Would now be better on another thread but thelinks don't copy so have left it here.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 23/06/2020 15:59 by Farmer White.

Re: Willis Trophy
nelliec 24 June, 2020 14:41
Surrey and Middlesex have a 2 day game scheduled for the 26 th of July with live streaming.Mr Gould’s off the mark early!!!

Re: Willis Trophy
Grizzers 27 June, 2020 23:52
Behind a pay wall, but basically says cricket ‘representatives’ are hoping to persuade the Government to allow spectators, in limited numbers, of perhaps up to 1,000 initially, to attend County Championship games.

So, how many posters would be happy to attend ? Count me in (if & when I can get across the pond !).



Re: Willis Trophy
Sloop John B 28 June, 2020 09:07
Yep. I'd be up for that.

Re: Willis Trophy
wsm fan 28 June, 2020 11:07
The Lancashire CEO in their members forum said clearly a few times Aug1 will be behind closed doors.
He sounded very firm on that.

He seemed to suggest that reduced crowds were being aimed for ready for late August & the T20 blast campaign.

He was adament Lancs wanted August red ball but mentioned more than once that it was still up for agreement in next 2 weeks the actual structure & 50 over instead of red was still very much on the table.

Cost wise with no fans personally i would expect there would be more counties in favour of the 50 option, despite what they may say publically.

The overall view though seems very much there will be county cricket from Aug1 onwards.

Re: Willis Trophy
Somerset LaLaLa 28 June, 2020 16:58
Any word on friendlies? Somerset v Glocs with a live stream would be nice. As long as it's not a 100 type competition, any format is fine

Re: Willis Trophy
Mike TA1 28 June, 2020 17:28
Have friendlies been given the go ahead?

My understanding is that the problem could be the players handling the ball, if one of the players did have the virus and then picked up the ball he could well pass the virus to anybody else that handle the same ball.

That is why players can't use saliva to shine the ball, (I read somewhere).

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