Date: Tuesday 04 September 2012
Leicestershire Second XI battled hard to post 360 on the first day of the Second XI Championship Final at Grace Road.
Kent had one over to bat before stumps and the visitors negotiated the over without scoring a run.
Nathan Hawkes top-scored with 75 while Tom Wells (49*) and James Sykes (31) did brilliantly to add 69 for the last wicket. It was the joint second highest partnership of the innings.
Will Jones (44) and Michael Thornely (16) put on 41 for the first wicket and County moved to 72-1 in the opening session.
Leicestershire then slipped to 96-4 as Jones, Lewis Hill (11) and Greg Smith (11) fell, Simon Cook (20-6-64-2) and Adam Ball (16-2-69-2) sharing the first four wickets.
Hawkes and Jigar Naik (24) put on 69 for the fifth wicket before the spinner was dismissed lbw to Fabian Cowdrey (13-1-41-1).
The all-rounder then joined forces with Taylor to positive effect by sharing 91 either side of tea before the left-hander was caught in the slips off Ivan Thomas (17-2-66-2) for 38 (54b, 5x4, 1x6).
Hawkes was trapped lbw to Calum Haggett (16.5-1-46-2) in the next over to leave all-rounder Wells and keeper Paul Dixey together with neither having scored a run. Dixey (13) and Nathan Buck (4) fell to Thomas and Jack Laraman (6-1-18-1) respectively before the superb last-wicket alliance.
Wells was left undefeated from 65 balls with five fours and a six while Sykes also struck five fours in his innings before being bowled by Haggett. Nightwatchman Laraman then saw off Buck’s over, with Daniel Bell-Drummond not out at the other end.
The second day of the four-day game is scheduled to start tomorrow at 10.30am.
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat
Jones b Cook 44
Thornely c Cowdrey b Cook 16
Smith c Billings b Ball 11
Hill c and b Ball 11
Hawkes lbw Haggett 75
Naik lbw Cowdrey 24
Taylor c Bell-Drummond b Thomas 38
Wells not out 49
Dixey b Thomas 13
Buck lbw Laraman 4
Sykes b Haggett 31
Total 360 (92.5 overs)
Laraman not out 0
Bell-Drummond not out 0
Total 0-0 (1 over)