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Second XI Championship: Leicestershire Second XI 179 (Raine 55) trail Derbyshire 309 (Sykes 7-80) and 154-3 (Wyatt 2-25) by 284 runs
Derbyshire Second XI took command of the Championship game against Leicestershire on day two at Ashby Hastings CC.
Resuming on their overnight score of 19-0, Leicestershire never really got in a position to threaten the Derbyshire first Innings total of 309.
Harry Bush and Angus Robson offered resistance until Robson (10, 41b) went caught behind by Johnson to become the first of five wickets for paceman Callum Harding with the score on 28.
Bush was joined by Tim Maxfield (6, 9b) who after depositing Harding for a straight 6, was caught at slip by Ben Godleman off the next ball, leaving County 38-2.
Bush had occupied the crease for 61 balls in making 9, when he too went caught at slip, this time by Knight off Harding, putting County on 39-3. The number four batsman had occupied the crease well in trying to establish a foundation for the innings.
Tom Wells (3) had a stay of 18 balls before being caught by Slater at mid-wicket from a shot he hit with some pace off Lee.
Ben Raine (pictured right), meanwhile, was holding firm and Aadil Ali hit a breezy 21 from 34 balls before falling lbw to spinner Knight. County went into lunch on 90-5 from 38 overs, the not out batsmen being Raine and James Middleton.
Raine and Middleton continued their partnership after lunch against the backdrop of a quintessential English cricket field scene with the breeze gently disturbing the leaves of the many trees around the ground on this warm summer afternoon.
The pair had added 34 for the 6th wicket when Middleton (13) from 23, was caught by Godleman at slip off Knight. With the score at 114, James Sykes joined Raine, who reached a well-deserved 50 (118b, 4x4). But just afterwards the set batsman was caught behind by Johnson off Harding for 55 from 125 balls, with the score at 153. Raine and Sykes made the highest partnership of the innings, 39.
The innings soon folded as Sykes went caught behind by Johnson off Harding for 25 (51b), giving the seamer a five for. Ollie Freckingham (2) and Alex Wyatt (1) were both dismissed lbw by spinner Knight and Charlie Taylor was left undefeated on 9 from 32 balls, a very responsible little knock for a young player.
County were all out for 179 in 69 overs, giving Derbyshire a first innings lead of 130. Bowling figures returned for Derbyshire were: Evans 17-6-41-0: Hickinbottom 2-0-5-0: Harding 14-4-37-5: Lee 14-3-31-1: Cork 8-5-16-0: Knight 14-4-32-4.
Tea was taken during the break between innings and 39 overs remained in the day and Derbyshire were, no doubt, looking to put quick runs on the board in their second knock.
Paul Borrington (4) soon went caught behind by Middleton off Wyatt while opening partner Billy Godleman made a rapid 34 from 40 balls before being expertly caught by Raine running in from backward square leg when attempting to hook Wyatt.
Richard Johnson joined Ben Slater and blasted 36 from 20 balls before being caught at cover by Maxfield off Sykes. At stumps, Slater was not out on 50 from 94 balls, his 50 coming from 93 balls with six fours, and Scott Elstone was unbeaten on 25 from 56 balls.
Derbyshire therefore take a lead of 284 into the final day with the first innings points as follows: Leicestershire 5, Derbyshire 8. Bowling figures for County: Wyatt 8-1-25-2: Freckingham 6-1-24-0: Wells 4-0-28-0: Raine 2-0-18-0: Taylor 6-0-20-0: Sykes 7-0-29-1: Maxfield 4-1-6-0: Ben Collins 2-1-2-0.