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Leicestershire Second XI had a terrific day as they seized control of the three-day friendly against Derbyshire at Grace Road.
The visitors were bowled out for 197 as James Sykes picked up 5-40. The Leicestershire seamers also shared five wickets, so it was a good effort all-round.
That meant Leicestershire had a 131-run first innings lead and that was extended to 374 by stumps after a superb stand worth 222 between Greg Smith (123*) and Michael Thornely (91).
Nathan Buck (15-5-32-2) and Ollie Freckingham (13-9-25-1) bowled with good pace and intensity at the start of the day and Buck gained deserved reward by having Scott Elstone (22) caught at gully by Sykes.
Rob Taylor (14-3-45-1) and Alex Wyatt (16-6-46-1) also bowled accurately with Wyatt trapping opener Paul Borrington in front for a well-played 46.
Alex Hughes made 31 for Derbyshire but Sykes had him leg-before with his first delivery. The slow left armer ran through the rest of the batsmen despite Tony Palladino’s unbeaten 52, with Buck and Taylor picking up the other wickets to fall.
Angus Robson was dismissed for 14 with the score on 21 but Smith and Thornely then shared a fantastic second-wicket partnership.
Smith’s 50 came from 86 balls with five fours and a six in the 32nd over, and Thornely brought his half-century up four overs later from his 86th delivery. The number three batsman hit seven fours and a maximum.
Smith went on to post a 153-ball hundred with his 12th four, which was cracked through backward point. The opener also hit three sixes in his attractive knock.
Thornely moved to within nine of his own ton but he was caught behind in the penultimate over. The score was 243-2 at that stage and that is how it remained. The final day of the match gets underway at 11am tomorrow.