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Reece inspires Leeds-Bradford MCCU to famous win

Luis Reece continued his superb all-round game as Leeds-Bradford MCCU beat Leicestershire by 102 runs in the first-class friendly at Grace Road.

Reece made 114 yesterday and then took 4-28 with his left arm seamers as Leicestershire, who were chasing 238 to win, were bowled out for 135 on the final day.

James Lee followed up his first innings five-for by picking up 3-47 while Shiv Thakor top-scored for Leicestershire with a well-played 35 (48b).

Leicestershire started the day on 10-0 and therefore required a further 228 to win. The pursuit started well as Greg Smith and Michael Thornely each collected a boundary in Lee’s first over but the opening session did not pan out as planned.

A flurry of activity started as Smith (13, 24b) was caught behind down the leg-side off Lee, keeper Charlie Macleod taking a superb one-handed catch. Ned Eckersley survived a huge lbw appeal first up and Thornely (13, 26b) was then bowled off his thigh pad by the on-song seamer in the next over.

Lee now had seven wickets in the match and it was a tricky period for the batsmen. There was a short break as a shower hit the ground and Leicestershire immediately lost their third wicket upon the resumption as Ivan Thomas trapped Josh Cobb lbw.

Eckersley settled and collected a brace of boundaries but he went for 19 (29b) after driving Zafir Patel to Alexander MacQueen at mid-off. Rob Taylor then got an inside edge to a Reece delivery and Macleod took another decent catch to leave Leicestershire on 62-5.

Thakor nearly followed as he nicked Patel but Reece couldn’t cling on to what would have been a brilliant catch at second slip. The batsman hit the last ball of the session for a lovely four, so Leicestershire went to lunch on 75-5. Matthew Boyce had moved serenely to 13 not out with Thakor on 6.

Boyce (17, 45b) drove for four in the first over after lunch but another double wicket burst came as the left-hander was pinned lbw and Jigar Naik has well held at gully by Lee. Both batsmen fell to Reece, who continued to enjoy himself.

Thakor twice drove to the ropes before Claude Henderson (10, 26b) became Reece’s fourth victim, this time via a catch by MacQueen at mid-on. Robbie Williams 13* (25b) clipped to the fence as he battled alongside Thakor, who moved to 35 before being caught at deep backward square-leg by Jonathon Webb off the returning Lee.

Leeds-Bradford MCCU wrapped up their maiden first-class victory by trapping Alex Wyatt leg-before. Leicestershire’s next game is in the LV=CC against Gloucestershire at Grace Road on Tuesday (11am start).

 
 

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