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Hill, Root, Sayer and Ogden shine for Seconds

Second XI Championship – Day Two: Warwickshire 259 and 12-2 trail Leicestershire 367 (Hill 79, Root 72, Sayer 72, Ogden 38*) by 96 runs.

Leicestershire Second XI enjoyed a superb second day of the Championship match against Warwickshire at Kenilworth Wardens.

Starting 206 in arrears with seven second innings wickets intact, two superb partnerships allowed Leicestershire to gain a first innings lead of 108 after posting 367 all out.

Warwickshire then slumped to 12-2 off 8.5 overs in their second innings, so County will be confident of landing a first three-day win of the season.

The first alliance of the day came between Billy Root and Lewis Hill, and that ensured Warwickshire had a mountain to climb.

Hill was coming to the crease for the first time in the morning, with play able to get underway despite rain falling when the players arrived at the ground. The duo put on 150 either side of lunch to put the team into a much stronger position.

The left-handed Root, brother of Yorkshire and England star Joe, was first to 50 off 86 balls (6x4). Hill recorded his half-century from 96 deliveries with eight boundaries.

The pair had 71 (122b) and 68 (114b) respectively at the interval, County going in on 198-3 from 52 overs.

Unfortunately the break had the desired effect for Warwickshire as both men fell to Tom Adair shortly after lunch. Root went in the second over, caught by ‘keeper Pete McKay for 72 (126b) and Hill (79, 132b) was held in the gully off the seamer.

Wickets continued to fall as Alex Thomson (0) was caught by McKay off Adair, and Aadil Ali (19, 65b) and James Middleton (2) both were dismissed by Jordan Rollings. Leicestershire were still behind on 254-8.

Cue young duo Rob Sayer (pictured right) and Archie Ogden, who put on a magnificent 111 for the ninth wicket. The duo batted for over two-and-a-half hours, Sayer recording 50 off 101 balls with six fours and a six.

The off-spinner went on to score a superb 72 (124b) before falling lbw to Tom Burton and Charlie Taylor was caught at the wicket off the same bowler for 2 shortly afterwards.

That left Ogden, who resembled human blotting paper in soaking up the pressure, on a really important 38 not out from 111 deliveries.

Bowling figures for Warwickshire were: Adair 26-2-83-4, Rollings 15-2-61-3, Bevan 20-2-67-1, Findlay 2-0-8-0, Burton 10-2-42-2, Webb 30-8-53-0, Purchase 2-0-13-0, Zaman 4-0-23-0.

That left a minimum of seven overs to bowl and Taylor and Atif Sheikh each took a wicket. First innings star Freddie Coleman (4) was lbw to Taylor after offering no shot and Paul Best (2), who faced a couple of bouncers from Sheikh, was then bowled by a fuller delivery. Warwickshire will therefore start the final day 96 behind with eight second innings wickets in hand.

Pete Johnson


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