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Sykes and Robson shine in big win

Second XI Friendly: Leicestershire 239 (Taylor 49, Robinson 49, Wells 34) and 80-2 (Robson 52*) beat Nottinghamshire 149 (Hoggard 8-21, including hat-trick) and 169 (Sykes 5-29) by eight wickets.

Leicestershire Second XI wrapped up a comprehensive two-day victory against Nottinghamshire at Kibworth CC.

James Sykes and Angus Robson were the key men, taking five wickets and scoring an unbeaten 50 respectively.

County resumed day two on 233-8, holding a lead of 84, but it only took Notts a further 3.5 overs to polish off the innings for 239. Sykes (2), being bowled by Brett Hutton and Claude Henderson (5) holing out to Tim Miles, running in from third man, off the bowling of George Bacon.

County therefore held a first innings lead of 90, Bacon returning figures of 10.2-1-56-4 and Brett Hutton finishing with 15-5-45-2. The remainder of the Notts bowling was as per their overnight figures.

Notts got off to the worst possible start with Matthew Hoggard dismissing Sam Kelsall with the first ball of the innings, expertly caught by Rob Taylor at first slip. Tom Rowe (4) soon followed lbw to Hoggard and Notts were 4-2.

Opener Hasan Azad was joined by Sam Wood, and they set about repairing the damage and took the score to 48 before Wood (25) was bowled shouldering arms to Hoggard.

Sykes was introduced to the attack at the Pavilion End for his first spell of the match, and proceeded to wreak havoc from the pavilion End. Prior to lunch he bowled Adam Tillcock (12), had opener Azad (40) caught at deep mid wicket by Ollie Robinson and then had Alex Mellor (0) caught by Taylor at first slip.

Notts went into lunch in tatters on 91-6, off of 29 overs, a lead of 11. Hutton and Bacon set about repairing the damage after lunch and their partnership had realised 47 when Sykes reintroduced to the attack, this time at the Nursery End. After 35 overs, Sykes bowled Hutton with his first ball back.

The returning Hoggard and Tom Wells delivered a few overs from the Pavilion End, then skipper Taylor turned to Henderson who wrapped up the innings by bowling Bacon (34) and trapping Ben Kitt (3) lbw.

Notts were all out for 169 after 46.3 overs, leaving County requiring 80 to win. Bowling figures were: Hoggard 13-4-42-3, R Taylor 6-1-26-0, Robinson 8-3-28-0, Sykes 12-4-29-5, Wells 5-1-34-0, Henderson 2.3-0-7-2.

County knocked off the runs required in 21.5 overs for the loss of two wickets. Lewis Hill (7) was caught at deep square leg pulling a short ball from Bacon and Sunny Patel (5) fell lbw to Luke Wood.

Robson was not out for an impressive 52, his 50 coming off of 67 balls (6x4), supported by Billy Root (15 not out). Notts bowling figures were: Hutton 5-0-22-0, Bacon 5-2-16-1, Kitt 6-1-25-0, Wood (L) 5.5-0-16-1.

Thanks to Kibworth for use of their excellent facilities, and a special mention for the Kibworth lunch and tea ladies, the catering equivalent to the Red Arrows!

Pete Johnson


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