Thursday, August 13th, 2020

LIBBY AND DOLLY LEAD WAY WITH BAT IN BOB WILLIS TROPHY

Opening batsman Jake Libby is the leading run-scorer in the country in the Bob Willis Trophy after the opening two rounds of matches after a flying start to his Worcestershire CCC career.

In a splendid double for the County, Brett Dโ€™Oliveira is top of the national averages in the same competition.

Libby has amassed 330 runs from just four innings since his winter move from Nottinghamshire on a three year contract.

He scored 77 and 25 on his Worcestershire debut against Gloucestershire at Bristol and followed that up with 184 and 44 in his first home appearance versus Glamorgan at Blackfinch Road.

Just for good measure, Libby also proved to be a useful spinner with two wickets as Worcestershire came close to pulling off victory against their Welsh opponents.

Dโ€™Oliveira is heading the averages after scoring 287 from just three innings at an average of 143.50.

He began the campaign with 91 not out in his only knock at Bristol and then hit 174 and 22 against Glamorgan.

LEADING RUN SCORERS BOB WILLIS TROPHY

Jake Libby (Worcestershire),Innings 4, Runs 330, Highest 184, Average 82.50

Nick Gubbins (Middlesex), 4, 306, 192, 76.50

Brett Dโ€™Oliveira (Worcestershire), 3, 287, 174, 143.50

Jordan Cox (Kent), 3, 282, 238*, 141.00

Jack Leaning (Yorkshire), 3, 226, 220*, 113.00

Colin Ackermann (Leicestershire), 4, 201, 94, 67.00

On the bowling front Club Captain Joe Leach is leading the way for Worcestershire with 11 wickets at an average of 18.09.

Leach returned 1-48 and 4-72 at Bristol and 4-67 and 2-12 against Glamorgan and he twice produced decisive four wicket bursts at crucial stages of both games.

His deadly spell on the third morning of the Glamorgan game produced the remarkable figures of 7-5-3-4.