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Trialists hit half-centuries for Seconds

Second XI Championship: Day 1 – Leicestershire 349 (Turner 63, Hodnett 52, Aadil Ali 43) lead Lancashire 19-0 by 330 runs.

Leicestershire’s batsmen enjoyed a solid opening day of the Championship game against Lancashire at Grace Road.

Aided by a staggering 76 extras, half-centuries from triallist opening pair Karl Turner and Grant Hodnett, and Aadil Ali’s 43, helped Leicestershire post 349.

In reply, Lancashire openers Stephen Moore and Tom Smith took the score to 19 without loss.

Leicestershire got off to a good start for the second day in succession through Turner (pictured right) and Hodnett. The duo put on 87 in the Trophy game at Lutterworth and shared 100 today in posting half-centuries.

Hodnett scored quickly and although he was put down a couple of times by ‘keeper and slip, the opener looked in good touch in hitting ten boundaries in 52 (68b).

The batsman was trapped lbw by Smith (10-3-18-1) the ball after bringing up his 50 with a five. That was the only wicket of the session, Leicestershire going in on 158-1 after Turner was joined by Angus Robson.

Number three Robson made 28 (64b) in a stand worth 75 with Turner, who scored 63 (105b). Wayne White then dismissed both set batsmen and Rob Taylor (1, 5b) as Lancashire hit back.

Good contributions came from Tom Wells (24, 74b) and Ben Raine (19, 55b) before Academy player Ali then played well and Ollie Steele chipped in with 18. Rob Sayer and Nathan Buck also battled hard before County were bowled out, White ending with four wickets.

 
 

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