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Bothma has Glamorgan in bother

Second XI Friendly - Day 2: Glamorgan 274 (Bothma 4-55) trail Leicestershire 405-3 (Thornely 147*, Pinner 106, Hill 104*) and 122-4 (Thornely 75*) by 253 runs

Michael Thornely has still yet to be dismissed as Leicestershire Second XI continued to dominate the three-day friendly against Glamorgan at the Diamond Ground in Cardiff.

County declared on their overnight score of 405-3 before bowling out Glamorgan for 274. Triallist Johannes Bothma (pictured right) claimed an impressive 4-55 and Rob Sayer took 3-41.

Leicestershire therefore claimed a first innings lead of 131 and extended that to 253 by stumps as they closed on 122-4, Thornely adding an unbeaten 75 to his first innings 147 not out.

It means the batsman has now batted for just under nine hours without losing his wicket. Thornely has scored 24 fours and two sixes along the way.

On another fine late summer’s day, the eerie silence of Cardiff CC in its hidden setting was broken only by the sound of the players’ voices and the odd passing train on the nearby railway.

After Nathan Buck and Dominic Reed (8-0-46-0) had a burst, Bothma (14-2-55-4) struck with his first ball to trap Nick James lbw for 21, and the seamer went on to dismiss Tom Lancefield (15) and Anurin Donald (28).

Donald averted a duck but after hooking Bothma for four, fell into the seamer's trap as Reed took a catch running in from the square leg boundary.

A quickfire stand of 98 developed between David Lloyd (78), who was put down off a difficult chance when on 10, and Andrew Salter (42). However, Buck (14-0-49-2) dismissed both set batsmen after lunch as County got back on top.

Bothma, who returned and built a head of steam from the River End, then bowled Jeremy Lawlor. After a partnership of 47 between Jack Murphy (30) and Gary Knight (18), Sayer (12.3-1-41-3) then claimed three victims and fellow spinner Andrew Clarke (11-2-30-1) also struck as Glamorgan lost their last four wickets for five runs.

Aadil Ali took the final three catches to fall at bat-pad within the space of ten deliveries. In comparison to boxing legend Muhammad, that mode of dismissal is now known on the circuit as the Ali short leg shuffle.

The other bowler to return figures for County was Charlie Taylor (4-0-21-0). Karl Turner and Thornely then put on 33 for the first wicket before off-spinner Salter (4-55) had Turner caught by Donald.

Neil Pinner (17) and Will Edwards (1) also fell to Salter before Thornely completed a fine 74-ball 50. The spinner then picked up his and Glamorgan’s fourth wicket of the innings by bowling Lewis Hill (12), with Ali 4 not out at stumps.

Salter has now claimed six of the seven Leicestershire wickets to fall in the fixture. One man he hasn't dismissed is Michael ‘The wall’ Thornely. Although the Second XI name 12 players, Thornely fielded for the entire innings, so has been on the field of play for the entire two days so far.

Let’s hope that statistic continues tomorrow as County look to land a victory in their final game of 2013.

Pete Johnson


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