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Angus Robson and Ben Raine were again in good form for Leicestershire Second XI in the Championship game against Nottinghamshire at Lady Bay.
Skipper Ollie Freckingham won the toss and elected to bat under sunny skies. Robson and debutant Adam Waite got proceedings underway for County in the shadow of the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest FC, and with the floodlights from nearby Trent Bridge providing a backdrop.
Robson and Waite put on 28 for the first wicket before Waite 17 (34) went caught behind by Matt Cross off Ben Phillips. Harry Bush joined Robson, and the total progressed to 45 before Bush 12 (31) was bowled by Brett Hutton.
Raine joined Robson, and the pair looked comfortable in taking County into lunch at 109-2 from 34 overs. Robson moved to his 50 (95 balls, 5x4), but was dismissed shortly afterwards another scalp for the Cross/Phillips combination. Robson went for 55 from 101 balls, a solid knock that had built a good foundation for the team.
Unfortunately the innings stuttered after this, Raine 44 (81), went caught at slip by Rowe off Hutton, another good innings containing four fours and two sixes. Tom Wells (0) departed with the score still on 137.
Then followed a rebuilding job from Ollie Robinson and keeper James Middleton. These two took the score to 191 before Robinson 21 (49) was trapped lbw by spinner Adam Tillcock. Middleton 37 (59) soon followed run out by Sam Wood, and the score was now 196-7.
The innings quickly folded; Ollie Freckingham (0) was caught by Brett Hutton off Wood, and then James Sykes was run out without facing a ball, again by Wood. Credit must go to Sykes for sacrificing his wicket in favour of George Corbett, who was beginning to find the spin of Wood and Adam Tillcock to his liking.
Corbett was eventually bowled by Tillcock for 21 from 39 balls, a creditable effort on his Second XI Championship debut. Charlie Taylor remained one not out, a very responsible stay at the crease as he faced 25 balls.
County were all out for 218 from 72.3 overs. Bowling figures returned for Notts were: Phillips 13-1-34-3, Hutton 18-3-47-2, L Wood 7-0-26-0, Kitt 12-2-37-0, Tillcock 10.3-5-28-2, S Wood 12-2-39-1.
Notts had 31 overs to face in the remainder of the day and progressed to 71-1. The only wicket being taken by Robinson, having Hassan Azad lbw for 17 (54). At the close Sam Kelsall was on 27* (96), and Tom Rowe 18 (41).
The County bowlers stuck at their task well as can be demonstrated by the economical figures returned: Freckingham 7-4-8-0, Raine 6-2-6-0, Robinson 6-3-12-1, Wells 6-0-27-0, Corbett 3-0-12-0, Sykes 3-3-0-0. Leicestershire will be hoping for quick wickets in the morning to make inroads into the Notts batting.