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Seconds draw with Derbyshire

Second XI Championship: Leicestershire 179 (Raine 55) and 226-5 (Wells 56 not out, Maxfield 50, Robson 46) drew with Derbyshire 309 (Sykes 7-80) and 232-6 dec.

Tom Wells and Tim Maxfield made half-centuries as Leicestershire Second XI drew their Championship match against Derbyshire.

Derbyshire resumed on day 3 on 154-3, no doubt looking for quick runs to enable them to declare and hope to bowl Leicestershire out. Scott Elstone (34, 64b) went in the third over of the morning lbw to Ollie Freckingham.

Ben Slater found the ropes five more times this morning and had reached 80 when he was run out attempting a second run by an excellent throw from Freckingham on the extra cover boundary. Freckingham's throw arrowed into keeper James Middleton, who whipped off the bails to leave Slater out by a couple of feet.

Chris Durham made 12 (24b) before being caught low down at first slip by Ben Raine off Alex Wyatt. Derbyshire declared their innings on 232-6, leaving County a victory target of 363 from a minimum of 81 overs.

Wyatt bowled 6 overs in the morning session for 22 runs, a good effort as Derbyshire were on the lookout for quick runs. Wyatt's final analysis was 14-2-47-3, Freckingham picking up a wicket in the morning to return figures of 10-1-48-1. James Sykes bowled a further three overs in the morning, but did not add to his overnight wicket.

County had 54 minutes batting to negotiate before lunch. Harry Bush and Angus Robson opened the innings, with the Town End boundary sprinkled healthily with spectators in their canvas chairs enjoying the July sunshine. County went into lunch on 42-1 from 14 overs, Bush (13) being the man out bowled by Callum Harding from a delivery that appeared to keep a bit low.

Maxfield and Angus Robson built the innings after lunch and kept the scoreboard ticking over at a good pace. Their partnership had realised 74 when Robson was out caught behind attempting to cut spinner Knight after making an impressive 46 from 64 balls.

Raine joined Maxwell but could not repeat his first innings heroics as he was dismissed for 4 (18), caught just behind square by Slater off seamer Alastair Evans. The total was now 100-3 with a minimum of 51 overs remaining and Wells joined Tim Maxfield.

Maxfield was attacking the bowling at every opportunity and reached his 50 in the 39th over (100b, 6x4, 1x6). Maxwell was out just after he reached 50, edging left arm paceman Greg Cork to the keeper. Aadil Ali joined Tom Wells, who was playing a very patient innings, demonstrated by him facing 47 balls by the time he had reached 10.

Ali was picking off 1s and 2s regularly and went into tea on 146-4 from 47 overs, a minimum of 34 overs remaining. The pair had added 75 when Ali was out caught by Paul Borrington at mid on off the bowling of Lee, with the score on 194. Just before Ali departed, Wells had began to hit the accelerator.

Middleton joined Wells, and both looked comfortable against the Derby attack. Wells moved to his 50 (93b, 7x4) while Middleton had moved to 17 not out. At 5pm, with the last hour due to start, the players shook hands, and the match was drawn. Good application was shown by the young Leicestershire players in drawing the game.

Leicestershire took eight points from the game and Derbyshire 1.. Bowling figures for Derbyshire: Evans 16-3-47-1, Harding 8-0-45-1, Lee 11-1-56-1, Knight 18-9-43-1, Cork 6-0-21-1, Killoran 6-1-9-0.

A sincere thank you to all involved at Ashby Hastings CC for their hard work in staging the fixture, these things don't just happen. The three days spent at their North West Leicestershire outpost was most pleasurable, in the tranquil and idyllic surroundings.

Pete Johnson


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