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Zaman thwarts Seconds

Second XI Championship - Result: Warwickshire (9pts) 256 (Taylor 4-47) and 291-7 (Thomson 3-37) drew with Leicestershire (11pts) 367 (Hill 79, Root 72, Sayer 72, Ogden 38*).

Basit Zaman's unbeaten hundred led Warwickshire Second XI's rearguard as they claimed a draw in Leicestershire's last Championship fixture of the summer.

Warwickshire resumed on 12-2 after 8.5 overs and moved to 291-7, the teams shaking hands at 5pm as soon as Zaman reached three figures.

County claimed an early wicket as nightwatchman Tom Adair struck Atif Sheikh (1-56 off 16 overs) to Alex Thomson in the gully before a stand of 57 between Tom Lewis and Zaman.

The score was 78-4 when Lewis was also held at gully by Thomson, this time off Karl Turner (1-30 off 8). Jonathon Webb and Zaman then added a crucial 97 either side of lunch to frustrate County.

Webb was unbeaten on 23 off 46 balls as Warwickshire went in on 130-4, Zaman 26* at that stage off 81 deliveries. After lunch, Zaman moved to a patient 50 from 137 balls with 10 fours.

Webb was eventually out for 37 off 107 balls, so he scored 14 off 61 in the afternoon session in a resilient display before Turner snapped him up at slip off spinner Thomson - a role reversal from the previous wicket.

Chris Purchase (3) was bowled by Thomson before Jordan Rollings hit a brisk 32 (35b) before falling lbw to the same bowler shortly before tea. The score was 219-7 at that stage - a lead of 11 - but that was the end of the wicket-taking for the match.

Zaman, who helped to win the Trophy match on Tuesday with a swift knock, demonstrated his ability to adapt to the longer form of the game by ending on exactly 100* from 231 balls (14x4, 1x6). Tom Burton chipped in with a useful unbeaten 37 (54b) in an unbroken alliance of 72.

Credit must go to the young Leicestershire spinners, Thomson (3-37, 15 overs) and Rob Sayer (pictured right, 22-9-42-0), who although wicketless in the match, was extremely economical in bowling 41 overs for 79 while also batting superbly.

Warwickshire took nine points from the game while Leicestershire claimed 11. Other bowling figures for County were: Charlie Taylor 1-67 (18.3 overs), Archie Ogden 0-32 (10), Angus Robson 0-13 (4).

Pete Johnson


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