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A terrific unbeaten 134 by Rob Taylor and a useful all-round contribution from Ollie Freckingham ensured Leicestershire Second XI had a good first day of the friendly against Derbyshire.
Leicestershire recovered from 72-4 to make 328 with Taylor and Freckingham (28) sharing the highest partnership of the innings for the eighth wicket.
Paceman Freckingham then picked up the wicket of Ben Slater as Derbyshire closed on 57-1. Paul Borrington (29*) and Scott Elstone (22*) were the unbeaten batsmen.
The game at Grace Road started half an hour late as Derbyshire players got caught up in congestion on surrounding roads following an incident on the M1.
Leicestershire Second XI named 12 players for their first game of the season with Matthew Boyce the designated non-batsman in the first innings.
Opener Angus Robson made a hard-working 43 against some good Derbyshire bowling before being unfortunately run out at the non-striker’s end. The other wickets to fall in the first session were Greg Smith (3), Michael Thornely (9) and Josh Cobb (5).
Tom Wells and Lewis Hill made 24 and 26 respectively either side of lunch and when Wells was dismissed early in the afternoon session, Taylor came to the wicket to devastating effect.
The all-rounder, who unleashed a number of powerful shots down the ground, put on 74 with Hill for the sixth wicket. James Sykes was the next man in and after he fell for a battling 14, Taylor and Freckingham added 79 for the eighth wicket.
Taylor’s 50 had come from just 49 deliveries with 10 fours and his hundred was recorded from 108 balls with 19 boundaries. He went on to hit a further four fours before Freckingham, Nathan Buck (10) and Alex Wyatt (4) were dismissed to end the innings.
Leicestershire bowled tidily in the 24 overs they delivered, with Freckingham (5-3-13-1) one of seven bowlers used by captain Josh Cobb. The match resumes at 11am tomorrow.
Leics: Robson, Smith, Thornely, Wells, Cobb, Hill, Taylor, Sykes, Freckingham, Buck, Wyatt, Boyce.