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Thorn in Glamorgan's side

Second XI Friendly - Day 1: Glamorgan v Leicestershire 405-3 (Thornely 147*, Pinner 106, Hill 104*)

Michael Thornely, Neil Pinner and Lewis Hill made fine centuries a Leicestershire Second XI piled on the runs in the friendly against Glamorgan at Cardiff CC.

The team ended the day on 405-3, Thornely batting throughout the 109 overs of play to end on an excellent 147 (318b).

The opener shared 177 for the second wicket with Pinner (106, 168b) and an unbroken 173 for the fourth with Lewis Hill, who closed on a lively 104 not out (121b).

On a fine late summer’s morning, Leicestershire captain Nathan Buck won the toss and elected to bat at the Diamond Ground in the Welsh capital. Cardiff CC was a scene of tranquility, punctured only by the squawk of a distant carrion crow.

Although Karl Turner (8, 19b) was caught behind off John Glover in the sixth over, Thornely and Pinner then dominated.

Thornely was first to 50 from 98 balls (9x4), while Pinner hit the same number of boundaries in his 79-ball landmark. County went in on 132-1 after 43 overs, Thornely and Pinner on 56 and 62 respectively.

Both reached hundreds in the afternoon session, Pinner getting to his from 159 deliveries with 15 fours and a maximum. The stand, which spanned 63.1 overs, was ended as Andrew Salter got one through his defences.

Thornely moved to three figures in 247 balls (12x4, 1x6) before Will Edwards (18, 30b) was caught by Tom Lancefield at short leg off Salter.

Thornely then featured in another superb partnership with Hill. They took the score to 255-3 (82 overs) at tea, before piling on the agony in the evening session. Hill scored quickly; his 50 came off 68 balls (7x4, 1x6), and it took the batsman only 38 more deliveries to move to his century (12x4, 2x6).

By the end of the day, Thornely’s bat looked as wide as a barn door as he played a chanceless innings. After building the foundations, he kept digging for the cause in batting the entire six-and-a-half hours of play, which was a tremendous effort.

Pete Johnson


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