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Good finish in store

Second XI Friendly: Northants 194 and 211 (Sykes 4-76, Robson 3-16) lead Leicestershire 173 (Thornely 39, Sykes 24) and 149-6 (Bush 48, Patel 34*)

Leicestershire Second XI will require a further 84 runs on the final day in order to beat Northamptonshire in the three-day friendly at Finedon Dolben CC.

County resumed on 157-7 in pursuit of Northants first innings total of 194. The Northants bowlers soon wrapped up the innings as County were dismissed for 173 after a further 7.4 overs of play.

James Sykes added nine to his overnight score to finish on 24. Seamer M Azharullah being the pick of the Northants bowlers, returning figures of 5-50 from 19.4 overs. That ensured Northants had a first innings lead of 21.

Opener Karanjit Bansal was dismissed early doors by Atif Sheikh, adjudged lbw. That was followed by a stubborn partnership of 87 for the second wicket between Rob Keogh and Con De Lange. However De Lange was dismissed just before lunch, smartly caught at slip by Tom Wells off the bowling of Ben Collins.

Northants had a mini collapse after lunch and had been reduced to 132-6 within an hour of the restart. Sykes (26-8-76-4) ripped out the middle order with three wickets.

A partnership developed for the seventh wicket between David Murphy and Ryan Findlay before the wrist spin of Angus Robson broke the partnership by having Findlay caught by keeper Steven Bullen.

Murphy added a few lusty blows in finishing unbeaten on 33. The innings was wrapped up by Robson who claimed a further two wickets. He returned figures of 5.3-0-16-3 as Northants made 211.

That meant Leicestershire were chasing 233 but the second innings did not get off to a good start. The team were 23-3 after eight overs with Greg Smith (1), Billy Root (13), and Robson (5) being dismissed by the combined pace attack of Azharullah and Luke Evans.

Harry Bush and Sunny Patel then brought County right back into the game in adding 68 for the fourth wicket. Bush was out for 48 from 44 balls after finding the boundary eight times. The young batsman employed the reverse sweep to good effect on a number of occasions against the spin of Keogh.

Wells made nine before a watchful partnership of 42 followed between Patel and Bullen. Unfortunately Bullen was trapped lbw by Findlay with the fourth ball of the final over of the day. Patel remained unbeaten on 34 from 65 balls. County ended on 149-6, therefore requiring a further 84 runs for victory.

Pete Johnson

 
 

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