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Warwickshire County Champions take on Lancashire in Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s as English cricket’s summer draws to a close; can the Bears double or will the Red Rose get their revenge? Watch Day One from 10:15 am Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket

Last updated: 27/09/21 18:07

Can Warwickshire make a brace and add the Bob Willis County Championship Trophy to Lord’s?

The summer of cricket is coming to an end this week and there could not be a more fitting conclusion than two top teams competing for a trophy at Lord’s.

After propelling Lancashire to the title in a dramatic conclusion to the County Championship season, Warwickshire have the chance to double in the Bob Willis Trophy Final, live on Sky Sports Cricket.

For the Red Rose, the five-day cricket home contest represents a stroke of revenge after coming close to becoming County Champion for the first time in 10 years with a heart-wrenching victory over title rivals Hampshire, only for see Warwickshire blow Somerset the next day and take the crown.

Lancashire will be without a number of key players for the final with opener Keaton Jennings (calf) and quick pitcher Saqib Mahmood (side) injured and versatile hitter Liam Livingstone at the IPL. Young wicket keeper George Lavelle (thumb) is also absent.

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James Anderson was featured at the start of the season – taking 11 wickets to just 7.54 – but the England wicket record holder will not participate with him and Jos Buttler resting before a busy winter of international cricket.

In the absence of Anderson and Mahmood, Tom Bailey will continue to lead the attack as he has impressively done for much of the season, winning his 50 wickets at 16.86 in the Championship while the Leg spinner Matt Parkinson could have a big part to play. play if the ground takes a turn.

The loss of Jennings places an even greater responsibility on compatriot Alex Davies in his last game for his home country before his move to… Warwickshire.

The wicket-beater made six fifties in red ball cricket this summer, but is yet to hit triple digits. Could he sign in style against his future employers?

Josh Bohannon, 24, has led the way for Lancashire with the bat this season, averaging 53.31 with two cents, while skipper Dane Vilas showed his importance with the winning shot under pressure against Hampshire the last week.

Warwickshire also have to do without an England star with Chris Woakes rested ahead of the T20 World Cup and the Ashes having played a key role in the last two games as the Bears claim their eighth County Championship triumph.

With Woakes out, it will go to Liam Norwell – 49 wickets at 18.26 – and Craig Miles – 37 wickets at 21.81 – to lead the tailoring attack with Danny Briggs the main threat should play a role.

In terms of averaging, there hasn’t been much success for the Bears, but while he’s only 37.76 on average, opener Rob Yates has shown that when he walks in he gets big. , with four hundred to his credit this season.

Sam Hain is Warwickshire’s top scorer in the county championship with 826 and despite losing his place in the England test squad it should be remembered that Dom Sibley has been prolific in county cricket in recent years and hopes to defend his case for an international recall in his last game before Team Ashes announced.

Warwickshire Team: Will Rhodes (c), Chris Benjamin, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Michael Burgess, George Garrett, Sam Hain, Manraj Johal, Matt Lamb, Craig Miles, Liam Norwell, Dom Sibley, Ryan Sidebottom, Rob Yates.

Lancashire Team: Dane Vilas (c), George Balderson, Tom Bailey, Jack Blatherwick, Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Tom Hartley, Liam Hurt, Rob Jones, Danny Lamb, Matt Parkinson, Luke Wells, Luke Wood.

Watch the first day of the Bob Willis Trophy Final between Warwickshire and Lancashire from 10:15 am Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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