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Eckersley century in vain

Second XI Trophy: Leicestershire 241 (Eckersley 112) lost to Derbyshire 246-5 (Cobb 2-38) by five wickets.

A superb century from Ned Eckersley could not prevent a strong Leicestershire Second XI from slipping to a five-wicket defeat to Derbyshire in the Trophy match at Grace Road.

Eckersley, who brought up 50 from 61 balls and then moved to his hundred in just 30 more deliveries, was the eighth man out for 112 (96b, 15x4) as Leicestershire posted 241-9.

Josh Cobb (6), Greg Smith (14), Shiv Thakor (8) and Michael Thornely (5) fell as County were reduced to 78-4 before the wicket-keeper shared 66 for the sixth wicket with Tom Wells. The all-rounder made a fine 35 before being run out.

Ben Raine (10) was trapped lbw by the impressive Tom Knight and Angus Robson (16) then helped Eckersley add 40 for the seventh wicket. Eckersley scored 12 in four balls after recording his ton before a lofted drive was held by Knight off Ben Cotton (4-47) at extra cover.

The batsmen crossed and Jigar Naik (2) was dismissed next ball before Nathan Buck (14*) and Alex Wyatt (1*) guided County to the end of the innings.

In reply, an excellent opening stand of 121 between Chris Durham (79) and Ben Slater (46) set Derbyshire on their way nicely.

Although skipper Cobb (7.5-0-38-2) picked up two wickets in the space of three balls after Slater was run out, former Nottinghamshire all-rounder Scott Elstone smashed an unbeaten 60 off just 35 deliveries to see his side home by five wickets with seven balls to spare.

The other wickets came as Wyatt (7-0-38-1) trapped Greg Cork lbw for 13 while 'keeper Harvey Hosein was run out for 14. James Lee was not out on nine when Elstone, who reached 50 off 31 balls with seven fours, hit a six to win the match.

Leicestershire's other bowling figures were as follows: Buck 7-0-56-0, Raine 7-0-43-0, Naik 6-0-43-0, Thornely 4-0-18-0.

The result means Leicestershire's Trophy record in 2013 is as follows: P:4 W:1 L:2 No result: 1. The teams meet in the Championship at Ashby Hastings at 11am tomorrow.

 
 

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