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    Monday 26 January 2015

    Leicestershire may not have had a player selected in the England Lions squad who are currently in South Africa, but the county has been represented in the tour party.

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White hot for Lancashire

Second XI Championship: Day 2 - Leicestershire 349 (Turner 63, Hodnett 52, Aadil Ali 43) trail Lancashire 508-7 (Buck 3-50) by 159 runs.

Wayne White hit an unbeaten 163 as Lancashire Second XI's batsmen prospered on the second day of the Championship game at Grace Road.

Lancashire 2s ended on 508-7 despite Nathan Buck picking up 3-50, so the visitors lead by 159 with a day remaining.

Lancashire resumed day two on 19-0 under a cloudless sky with a burning sun in attendance. Many of the loyal band of spectators took refuge under the roof of the Geary Stand or placed themselves in the shadowed seats at the Bennett End.

Openers Tom Smith and Stephen Moore took the Lancashire score to 82 before Moore (42, 49b) went lbw to Ben Raine. Steven Croft joined Smith, and survived a very confident lbw shout from Raine from the first ball received.

However, the pair progressed steadily until Smith (66, 112b) went caught at slip by Grant Hodnett just before lunch in the first over bowled by Rob Sayer. Smith's 50 came from 82 balls (9x4), and Lancs went into lunch on 167-2 from 37 overs with Croft not out on 30.

After lunch, County made a couple of quick inroads into the Lancs batting. Jordan Clark (30) went lbw to Buck, and then Steven Croft (50) played on to the paceman. Croft's 50 was registered from 75 balls (6x4) and Lancashire were now 203-4 after 45.2 overs.

Liam Livingstone had a lucky escape when 'keeper Oliver Steele spilled him on zero off young spinner Sayer. Livingstone prospered and went on to add 130 with White for the fifth wicket before he fell in the manner of the previous chance, caught Steele off Sayer for 62.

Livingstone's 50 was recorded from 58 balls and included 11 fours. White was pushing the score along at pace and went to his 50 from 77 balls (5x4). Oliver Newby (2) had a brief stay at the crease before falling lbw to Ben Collins.

White went into overdrive in the evening session. He shared a 75-run partnership with Mattie McKiernan (30) for the seventh wicket before Buck rearranged McKiernan's stumps. White reached his century from 134 balls (11x4, 1x6), and then really cut loose with Lancashire keeper Alex Davies, who came in at number nine due to a slight niggle with his knee.

At the close, White was undefeated on 163 from 189 balls. He posted his 150 from 176 balls (14x4, 5x6). White dispatched the first three balls of Sayer's 25th over for three towering sixes that landed in the Bennett End. Two of the maximums ricocheted amongst the seating that was desolate and resting from the previous Friday night's t20 game.

Davies finished the day on 34 not out from 51 balls. County's bowlers kept going in the searing heat. the figures returned were: Buck 20-5-50-3, Aatif Ali 9-2-66-0, Raine 14-3-34-1, Rob Taylor 12-1-62-0, Tom Wells 5-0-23-0, Sayer 27-3-131-2, Collins 18-1-80-1: Angus Robson 4-0-25-0, Aadil Ali 1-0-2-0.

In the Leicestershire innings there were 76 extras. There are 43 extras to date in the Lancashire innings. Tesco may be looking to build a store in close proximity to the ground, as every little extra helps!

Pete Johnson


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