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Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Leicestershire County Cricket Club hosted a double header of T20 cricket yesterday in glorious conditions in aid of its benefit year.
In the first fixture, the winners of the Everards Senior League T20 Cup, Broomleys CC, played against the Foxes.
Leicestershire batted first and despite losing Josh Cobb early, made a competitive total of 195 with contributions from Shiv Thakor and Greg Smith and a last ball six from Nathan Buck.
The Broomleys bowlers stuck to their task and took some impressive catches in the outfield. When Broomleys batted, the crowd watched the intriguing sight of Mitchell Buck facing his brother Nathan.
Mitchell was the standout batsman with an outstanding 82 as Broomleys accumulated a very respectable 154-3 and he won the man of the match award.
In the second fixture the a slightly different County XI took on an All-Stars XI with Vince Wells, Michael Sutliff, Paul Nixon, John Sadler, Jim Allenby, Darren Stevens, Phil De Freitas, Tim Mason and Craig Mortimer returning to Grace Road.
They joined Head Coach Phil Whitticase and Batting Coach Ben Smith in entertaining the crowd with some big hitting and some fun.
The County batted first and made 188 with Shiv Thakor making his second 50 of the day. The All-Stars then posted exactly the same score with Michael Sutliff (92) prominent.
Needing 11 off the last over, Sadler hit the first ball for a towering six and the All-Stars got five more singles to tie the fixture.
A good day for the spectators, seeing a total of 725 runs, at Grace Road. They saw a good Broomleys performance, some of Leicestershire’s exciting young talent and a whole host of returning All-Stars entertain the crowd in September sunshine.
Thanks to Ed Melia for this photograph