Bob Willis Trophy Playing Conditions

Friday 24th July 2020
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Photography by: David Griffin

The Bob Willis Trophy is a special one-off red-ball competition that is separate to the County Championship and will be played this summer only following the delay to the men’s domestic season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament, which will feature all 18 first-class counties in three regionalised groups, will herald the start of the domestic season and will culminate in a five-day final.

Supporters will be able to follow the action live at as the club introduces its brand new enhanced match centre experience.


Derbyshire will play in the six-team North Group, with matches against Nottinghamshire (1-4 Aug), Leicestershire (8-11 Aug), Yorkshire (15-18 Aug), Durham (22-25 Aug) and Lancashire (6-9 Sept) all taking place away from home due to The Incora County Ground being chosen as a central base for future international training camps this summer.

CENTRAL GROUP: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.
SOUTH GROUP: Essex, Kent, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex.

The two group winners with the most points will progress to a one-off final.

Match Centre & Highlights

Supporters will be able to follow each of Derbyshire’s matches live on the club’s new enhanced match centre, featuring a live stream, match clips, interactive scorecard and more.

Click HERE to access the match centres.

First-class status

The Bob Willis Trophy will have first-class status, although there are a number of changes to playing regulations, including:

  • There will be a reduction to a minimum of 90 overs in a day’s play
  • Each county’s first innings of a match can last no longer than 120 overs
  • The follow-on will increase from 150 to 200 runs
  • The new ball will be available after 90 overs rather than 80 overs

The loan system will also be altered for this season only to allow counties to loan a player from another county for a minimum of a week.

Together, We Are All Derbyshire. Four-day cricket has returned you can follow all five of Derbyshire’s Bob Willis Trophy matches live on our match centre at

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