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Leicestershire took on Essex in the 2nd XI T20 Competition at Hinckley Town CC, the format of which dictates that two t20 games are played on the same day.
Billy Root shone in game one with both bat and ball. Essex won the toss and asked Leicestershire to bat and the innings was held together by Root, who made an impressive 85 not out in a total of 146-4 from 20 overs.
Root, the brother of Yorkshire and England batsman Joe, brought up his 50 from 38 balls (5x4) and his 85 not out was compiled from 59 balls (7x4, 2x6).
Angus Robson offered resistance at the top of the order with 27 from 32 balls. Lewis Hill (3), Ben Raine (8), Tom Wells (2), and Steve Bullen (11*) were the other batsman to visit the crease.
Bowling figures returned for Essex were: Tymal Mills 4-1-28-0, Maurice Chambers 4-0-28-2, Tom Moore 4-0-33-1, Nick Browne 4-0-31-1, Tom Craddock 4-0-22-0.
In reply, the Essex opening pair Browne and Jaik Mickelburgh feasted on the Leicestershire bowling, putting on 111 for the first wicket off 12.5 overs before Browne was caught by Wells of the bowling of Robson for a hard hitting 51, his 50 coming from 41 balls (4x4, 1x6).
Mickleburgh made 50 from 25 balls with four fours and a six and he departed in the 18th over for 67, bowled by Raine. Reham Hassan (11*) and Ben Foakes (5*) completed the formalities, as Essex won by eight wickets with Root returning economical figures of 0-18 off four.
Bowling figures for Leicestershire were: James Sykes 4-0-30-0, Anthony Ireland 2-0-16-0, Alex Wyatt 4-0-31-0, Raine 2-0-19-1, Ollie Robinson 1-0-7-0, Root 4-0-18-0, Robson 2-0-17-1.
In Game two, Leicestershire were on the ropes in only making 86-7 from their 20 overs as the pace of Mills asked all sorts of questions. Mills ripped out three of the top four in his opening three overs: Hill (9), Robson (0), and Raine (0).
Fellow paceman Chambers also had Root (9) caught behind by keeper Foakes before Wells fought bravely in the middle order with 39 not out from 49 balls. Spinner Craddock picked up the wickets of Bullen (2), Aadil Ali (7), and Robinson (9), but Wells dispatched him for three towering sixes.
Mills was the pick of the Essex bowlers with 4-0-9-3, ably supported by Chambers 4-0-21-0, Browne 4-0-10-0, Craddock 4-0-29-3, Henry Ramsden 4-0-15-0.
Essex knocked off the target in ten overs as Browne again dominated with 51 not out from 27 balls (6x4, 2x6). Mickleburgh was lbw to Sykes for 23 and Hassan made 10 not out as Essex cruised home by nine wickets.
County bowling figures were: Ireland: 2-0-21-0, Robinson 1-0-11-0, Raine 2-0-24-0, Root 1-0-11-0, Ben Collins 2-0-6-0, Sykes 2-0-14-1.
The team will need to bounce back quickly on Friday as they face two more t20 fixtures against Middlesex at Uxbridge.