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Reed right on the money for Seconds

Second XI Friendly: Day 1 of 4: Derbyshire 277 (Reed 4-72) lead Leicestershire 54-1 by 223 runs.

Dominic Reed picked up four wickets for Leicestershire on the first day of the four-day Second XI friendly at Derbyshire.

The Leicester-born seamer, who is the brother of Glamorgan paceman Mike, opened the bowling against the First XI for Unicorns recently. Today, he took 4-72 as Derbyshire were bowled out for 277.

In reply, Leicestershire closed on 54-1 with Angus Robson on 20 not out (71 balls). Reed (pictured right, 6*) came to the wicket as nightwatchman after Michael Thornely (25, 49b) was dismissed shortly before stumps.

Derbyshire moved to 66-2 as Reed picked up the wickets of openers Luke Thomas (15) and Billy Godleman (40). Scott Elstone (39) and Wes Durston (33) then added an innings high 70 for the third wicket.

The hosts looked nicely placed on 136-2 but County hit back with three wickets for the addition of just two runs. Nathan Buck had Elstone caught by Academy keeper Tom Moores, Durston was held by Karl Turner at slip off Rob Sayer, and Chris Durham (1) was another victim of the Moores-Buck combination.

Harvey Hosein (5) was trapped lbw by Reed before Tom Knight came in to play a crucial innings of 78 for his side. Greg Cork (24) was then bowled by Reed before Ben Cotton (15) shared 42 with Knight. He was then caught by Eben Kurtz on the mid-wicket boundary off the leg-spin of Robson.

A ninth wicket fell as Sayer held a return catch to dismiss Jonathan Marsden, the number 10 making 12 in another useful stand worth 35 with Knight. The slow left armer was the last man out, hitting the 123rd ball of his innings from Robson to Tom Wells at deep mid-wicket. Ali Evans was left on 2*.

Robson and Thornely put on 45 for the first wicket before the latter was caught at the wicket by Hosein off Marsden, Leicestershire closing 223 behind with nine wickets intact.

Bowling figures for Leicestershire were: Buck 15-5-29-2, Sheikh 5-0-32-0, Reed 15-1-72-4, Wells 9-1-37-0, Sayer 24-3-72-2, Robson 7.2-2-22-2.


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