LEGEND BOB DESERVES THE HONOUR
The Cricket Paper|August 02, 2020
Derek Pringle says the Bob Willis Trophy is a fi tting tribute to his old team-mate and colleague

The Bob Willis Trophy is 20in tall and depicts a silver, grey and black outline of Big Bob in full flow, about to deliver, red ball in hand. Based on a cubist painting of him by his widow Lauren Clark, the figure, although flat, conjures a dynamic flail of angular limbs not unlike the man himself.

Willis died of prostate cancer last December at the age of 70 and this trophy, fashioned by Edward Asprey, the Queen’s jeweller, celebrates one of the more remarkable cricketers to have played for England. He then followed that by becoming one of Sky TV’s most distinctive commentators, his trenchant views and unerring nose for the game’s fault lines making for compelling viewing.

The competition, which began on Saturday, is the first official county cricket to be played this season following the upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Necessarily brief, the Bob Willis Trophy will be contested by all 18 first-class counties playing five four-day games in three regional groups with a five-day final in early September deciding the winner. Interestingly, Willis advocated a three-conference county system 30 years ago.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM THE CRICKET PAPERView All

Kohli leads RCB to much-needed win

VIRAT KOHLI returned to top form with 72 not out to lead RCB to an eight-wicket victory over the Royals in Abu Dhabi.

3 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

TEWATIA HAS SPARKED MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE IPL

James Wallace admits he has been surprisingly taken in by the IPL so far – and, in particular, the performance of a new Royal renegade

4 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

Whitewash victory is just the T20 tonic for Keightley

A SERIES that few thought would come to fruition ended in triumph for England who completed a 5-0 whitewash of the West Indies in Derby.

4 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

TEN OUT OF TEN! RYAN IS BASKING IN MORE GLORY

Chris Stocks catches up with Ryan ten Doeschate, who has plotted Essex’s recent county domination every step of the way

5 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

Surrey have the Will to end hoodoo

WILL Jacks may be a hot batting prospect but he’s relished the added responsibility with the ball in Surrey’s charge to T20 Finals Day.

3 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

NOW IT'S OUR TIME TO HELP OTHERS

Chris Stocks catches up with England’s director of cricket and discusses the need for the ECB to help boards around the world

4 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

IT'S OFTEN DOWN TO A THROW OF THE DICE

Garfield Robinson explains just how big a part luck plays in determining success or failure in sport

6 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

FINDING TALENTS LIKE TOM IS A GAIN IN ITSELF

One of the unexpected highlights to emerge from English cricket’s Covid-attenuated season was the chance given to young players to strut their stuff. With many overseas players and Kolpaks affected by travel restrictions many counties looked instead to the young talent on their staffs with gratifying results.

5 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

Future looks bright for the Ohio Slinger

ALI Khan is earning his stars and stripes in the Indian Premier League, with the first American to play in the tournament breaking down barriers in every sense.

3 mins read
The Cricket Paper
October 04, 2020

Spin trio put squeeze on after Glenn shows off skill with the bat

SARAH GLENN helped England spin it to win it after proving she can make an all-round contribution.

2 mins read
The Cricket Paper
September 27, 2020
RELATED STORIES

Shoots from the hip

Steve McLendon and Jordan Willis, along with linebacker Avery Williamson, right before the trade deadline, a common media narrative developed that they were conducting a “fire sale.”

8 mins read
NY Jets Confidential
December 2020

TOP 10 Greatest LB units

When the 49ers traded veteran Kwon Alexander to the New Orleans Saints, Nov. 2, they broke up one of the best young groups of starting linebackers in today’s NFL, a group including Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw that played a significant role in lifting San Francisco into Super Bowl LIV last season.

4 mins read
Niner Report
December 2020

Lessons with Longears

These miniature donkeys are helping teach big lessons.

3 mins read
Horse and Rider
Winter 2020

WE ARE THE CHANGE

Chief Creative Officer of Wallcano www.wallcano.com

1 min read
Creative Gaga
Issue 50

Coronavirus Outbreak - Cricketers Who Can Be Quarantine Partners

Over time, he has found it difficult against the likes of Adil Rashid and Adam Zampa...

2 mins read
Cricket Today
March 27, 2020

GREATER REALITY LIVING- Internalize the Great News: You are a Forever Being

In the third century B.C., Aristotle wrote: "Let us live as if we were immortal." We can now state much more assuredly: "We are immortal. Let us live accordingly."

10 mins read
Transformation Magazine
March 2020

Kyly Clarke It's All Too Much!

Juggling family life with her new TV role and a husband with too much time on his hands is proving tough for the Aussie WAG

3 mins read
Woman's Day Australia
January 06, 2020

Invest in a Landmark

Go from sightseer to part-owner with these notable property stocks.

5 mins read
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
February 2020

Your Guide To Open Enrollment

You may have more health insurance options for 2020. But you’ll need to work harder to find the one that’s right for you.

5 mins read
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
November 2019

Enter The Culinarium

AvroKO imagines the future of residential amenities—where convenience, comfort, and sustainability meet.

5 mins read
Metropolis Magazine
October 2019