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    Friday 30 January 2015

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Good end to pre-season

Leicestershire CCC rounded off their pre-season preparations with an intra-squad game at Grace Road today.

It proved to be another good workout with everybody getting valuable time at the crease and overs under their belt.

The teams, captained by Josh Cobb and Niall O'Brien, were as followed and there were a number of performance incentives on the day.

'Team Cobby': Smith, Thornely, Eckersley, Cobb, Raine, Naik, Lewis Hill, Billy Root, Buck, Ireland, Shozair Ali

'Team Nobby': Robson, Boyce, Redfern, O'Brien, Taylor, Wells, Neil Pinner, Aadil Ali, Sykes, Freckingham, Shreck

The incentives:

0 wkts lost in 1st 10 overs = + 20 runs

For every maiden bowled = - 5 runs

Overall run rate of 4 = + 15 runs

'Team Nobby' batted first and made 240-7 before the adjustments as Angus Robson, Rob Taylor and Tom Wells all made half-centuries.

Robson got the innings off to a flying start but wickets fell at the other end. Matthew Boyce (1) was caught at point by Michael Thornely off Nathan Buck, while Dan Redfern (0) and O’Brien (2) were then both caught at cover by Lewis Hill off Anthony Ireland.

A period of consolidation followed as Robson and Taylor played well. Ben Raine and trialist Shozair Ali then came on to bowl but although they bowled nicely, the stand passed 50. Robson then recorded a 69-ball 50 that included seven fours and a six.

Jigar Naik and Thornely were introduced and 'Team Nobby' moved to 134-3 at lunch. Taylor brought up his half-century from the 72nd ball; the left hander hit six fours and a six along the way.

The duo brought up the hundred stand but Shozair Ali then had Robson smartly pouched by Naik at slip. Taylor continued to punish the loose ball as he moved to an excellent 84 before being run out by a smart direct hit by Hill.

Wells hit some lusty blows as he made 52 not out from 49 balls while Naik took the wickets of trialist Neil Pinner (0) and Aadil Ali (11) as the innings came towards a conclusion.

Bowling figures for 'Team Cobby': Ireland 10-1-55-2, Buck 12-2-44-1, Raine 9-2-28-0, Shozair Ali 10-1-44-1, Naik 8-1-40-2, Thornely 1-0-8-0.

'Team Cobby' then posted 123-2 from 33 overs before bad light set in with Greg Smith (54 not out) and Raine (36*) adding an unbroken 93 for the third wicket

Two early wickets well as Michael Thornely was caught at slip by Robson off Charlie Shreck and Ned Eckersley was caught behind off an Ollie Freckingham snorter after making a fluent 15.

Taylor and James Sykes came on as first change but Smith and Raine played well and shared an unbroken 61 before rain stopped play for a brief period. Shreck came on down the hill when the rain eased and Smith moved to an 82-ball half-century with his eighth four.

Smith and Raine saw their side through to 33 overs with bowling figures as follows: Shreck 10-2-26-1, Freckingham 7-1-35-1, Sykes 8-3-19-0, Taylor 4-0-22-0, Wells 4-2-13-0.

The squad will now practice tomorrow ahead of the LV=CC opener against Derbyshire which starts at Grace Road at 11am on Sunday.


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