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Mixed fortunes for Seconds again

Second XI t20 Competition. Game 1: Leicestershire 137-7 (Cobb 46, Wells 32) lost to Northants 142-7 (Cobb 2-27) by three wickets.

Game 2: Leicestershire 126-6 (Raine 25*, Wells 22) beat Northants 124-8 (Buck 3-22) by four wickets.

Like on Friday at Uxbridge, Leicestershire Second XI again won one and lost one of their t20 fixtures against Northants at Hinckley Town CC.

Northants won the toss in the first game and asked Leicestershire to bat. Skipper Josh Cobb had a good all-round game, his first contribution being a hard-hit 46 from 34 balls (6x4, 2x6).

Other notable contributions were from Ned Eckersley (25, 28b) and Tom Wells (32, 23b). Azharullah returned 3-22 off three overs for the visitors.

Northants' Joe Tolley made 42 not out (29b) to ensure that Northants got home, although County took wickets at regular intervals with Cobb leading the way by claiming 2-27.

The bowling figures were as follows: Cobb 4-0-27-2, Nathan Buck 3.1-0-20-1, Rob Taylor 2-0-16-1, James Sykes 4-0-15-1, Ollie Freckingham 2-0-12-1, Anthony Ireland 4-0-46-0.

Northants batted in the second game and the innings was dominated by opener Tom Lancefield, who has been playing for Unicorns this season.

The former Surrey batsman made 72 after being dropped at first slip to a regulation catch from the first ball of the innings.

His 50 came up from 44 balls (5x4) and his innings spanned 58 balls with seven fours and a six. VVS Sohal (16), batting at number eight, was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Buck was the pick of the bowlers with 3-0-22-3 and he was well-supported by Ireland 3-0-22-2, Ben Raine 4-0-19-1, Cobb 4-0-20-1, Thornely 3-0-16-0 and Sykes 3-0-23-0.

County reached their target thanks to a sixth wicket stand of 46 between Wells (22, 19b) and Raine (25 not out, 31b). Angus Robson administered the coup de gras, smashing three consecutive fours in the 19th over, as he finished on 15 not out (6b).

Christian Davis (4-0-13-2) and Tom Lancefield (4-0-12-2) bowled tightly for Northants while pacemen Azharullah and Luke Evans picked up the other two wickets.

The team has now won two and lost four of their first six matches, so will be looking for a double victory against Unicorns A at Bishop's Stortford tomorrow.

Sincere thanks to all at Hinckley Town CC for their help again this season in staging the Championship game against Glamorgan and the two days of t20. It was again a pleasure to visit the ground.

Pete Johnson

 
 

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