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Raine included in Leicestershire squad

Leicestershire CCC must bounce back quickly from Sunday’s disappointment as they face a hectic period of games to round off August.

The Foxes’ YB40 semi-final hopes were put paid to by Unicorns at Grace Road and the team now travel to face Glamorgan at Swansea for five days of cricket, starting with an LV=CC game tomorrow.

There is a YB40 fixture against the same opposition at the St Helen’s ground on Sunday and the Foxes round off their one-day programme with a trip to Lord’s as they tackle Middlesex Panthers on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26).

County then entertain Worcestershire in the LV=CC for the penultimate home game of 2013 on Wednesday, August 28, so the team is in action on ten of the next eleven days.

Leicestershire are struggling with injuries ahead of the game as Jigar Naik, Rob Taylor, Robbie Williams, Anthony Ireland and Nathan Buck are all ruled out.

Taylor and Buck made comebacks in the Second XI at Warwickshire this afternoon, with Taylor making 30 after playing purely as a batsman and Buck bowled seven tidy overs in two spells.

Leicestershire have handed a call-up to former Durham all-rounder Ben Raine, who has performed consistently in the seconds this season. Raine is a solid left-handed batsman who also bowls lively seamers.

Josh Cobb had an excellent all-round game against the Unicorns and is also included in a 12-man squad. Matthew Boyce will continue to lead the LV-CC side with Niall O’Brien set to go back to the top of the order as well as keeping wicket.

Leicestershire are determined to end the LV=CC campaign with some victories and there are also players looking for personal milestones.

Ned Eckersley is 140 runs away from registering 1,000 first-class runs for the summer. Shiv Thakor (594), Matthew Boyce (575) and O’Brien (505) will want to use the game at Swansea to put themselves into a position to reach the four-figure mark.

On the bowling front, Ollie Freckingham is 18 first-class wickets away from reaching 50 in his first full season on the Leicestershire staff. Naik will unfortunately not be able to add to his 26 victims, with Alex Wyatt the third leading wicket-taker on 20.

Glamorgan include off-spinner Andrew Salter and fast bowler Mike Reed in their squad along with the eleven on duty in their last LV=CC game against Hampshire. Former Leicestershire all-rounder Jim Allenby needs 59 runs to reach 1,000 for the season.

Leics (from): Smith, O’Brien (w/k), Eckersley, Thakor, Boyce (capt), Cobb, Wells, Raine, Freckingham, Sykes, Wyatt, Hoggard.

Glamorgan (from): Rees, Bragg, Goodwin, North, Cooke, Allenby, Wallace, Wagg, Glover, Salter, Cosker, Hogan, Reed.


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