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Seconds battle but lose at Warwickshire

Second XI Trophy: Warwickshire 181-3 beat Leicestershire 179 (Robson 43, Taylor 30) by seven wickets.

Leicestershire Second XI fought hard but ultimately lost by seven wickets against Warwickshire in the Trophy this afternoon.

After being put in on a nice day at the pleasant Coventry and North Warwickshire CC venue, County were bowled out for 179 in the penultimate over with Angus Robson top-scoring with 43.

Robson also picked up 1-12 with his leg spin but by the time he bowled Freddie Coleman (60, 91b), the hosts were almost over the finishing line.

Leicestershire's batsmen all got themselves in but nobody was quite able to go on and make a big score as Warwickshire kept chipping away.

Karl Turner (18, 36b) and Michael Thornely (10, 21b) put on 25 for the first wicket before the latter became the first of four victims for Josh Rollings (6-1-31-4).

Turner and Robson (43, 52b) added 44 for the second wicket but the former Durham and Nottinghamshire batsman was bowled by Christian Purchase (7-0-29-1).

Although spin duo Purchase and Jonathon Webb (6-0-23-0) made scoring difficult, Robson and Rob Taylor (30, 43b) took the score to 104-2 after 23 overs, so Leicestershire had a good platform to build on.

But a pinpoint throw by Tom Burton accounted for Robson and that proved a huge blow for the visitors.

The reintroduction of Rollings ensured Leicestershire slipped from 128-3 to 145-6, the tall seamer accounting for Taylor, Billy Root (15, 18b) and Aadil Ali (2, 6b).

Lewis Hill and Rob Sayer both joined Root in scoring 15 but Matt Adair (7-0-38-2) and Shozair Ali (7.4-1-23-2) returned to claim a brace of wickets to ensure Warwickshire required 180 to win.

Captain Nathan Buck (7-2-25-0) and Atif Sheikh (6-0-33-1) bowled pacy opening bursts, with Buck conceding just five from his first five overs and Sheikh trapping home skipper Paul Best lbw as Warwickshire progressed to 29-1 after ten overs.

But two stands of substance put paid to Leicestershire's hopes, with Coleman featuring in both of them. The opener was starved of the strike initially but was happy to drop anchor in adding 73 with Tom Lewis (35, 60b) and 90 with the hard-hitting Basit Zaman (67*, 55b).

Young off-spinner Rob Sayer (8-0-42-1) and Charlie Taylor (7.4-0-39-0) bowled well, with Sayer having Lewis stumped by Hill. Robson (4-0-12-1) also proved hard to get away and he bowled Coleman with nine required.

However, Zaman had added impetus for Warwickshire and he had the last word with a straight six with 22 balls remaining to ensure his side picked up two points.


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