Chappell takes three at Notts

Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire, Second XI Championship, Day 2:

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

We arrived at Notts Sports Ground for day two of the SEF between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to be greeted by early morning rain.

The rain persisted for most of the morning, and an early Lunch was taken at 12.50pm, following a couple of pitch inspections by the umpires. Lunch was taken only 25 minutes early in fact as the Caterers could not deliver the food any earlier. Complex logistical operations are an everyday occurrence in Second XI cricket.

Play finally got under way at 1.45pm with a minimum of 87 overs being available, 17 overs having been deducted from the 104 overs allocated to the day. On the first two days of Second XI matches there is a ‘Golden Hour’ so overs are not reduced until 1 hours play has been lost. The net loss of time being therefore 65 minutes. I am always available for a limited number of debriefings if your mathematical acumen is unable to work that one out.

Leicestershire declared on their overnight 335-7 and Nottinghamshire made 220-4 in reply from the 66 over’s of play available. Chris Gibson opening the innings made 92 while Zak Chappell picked up three wickets in the second of his bowling spells of the day.

Gibson and Tom Keast opened the innings for Nottinghamshire against an opening attack of Dieter Klein and Chappell. There were six spectators present, huddled together in front of the tennis courts under an assortment of blankets and waterproofs when play commenced.

Keast (5) was bowled by a fuller length ball from Klein when the score had reached 23-1 from 6.3 overs. The floodlights at nearby Trent Bridge were shining brightly in the afternoon gloom.

Anuj Dal joined Gibson, and the pair brought up a 50 partnership from 87 balls when the score reached 73-1 from 20.5 overs. Dominic Manthorpe replaced Klein at the Radcliffe Road End and Tom Wells came on for Chappell at the River End.

Dal is very quick when running between the wickets, and can turn 2s into 3s. At the peak of my cricketing career, and being deceptively slow over 22 yards, I had the intriguing ability of being able to turn 3s into 1s.

Gibson went to his 50 (7x4) from 77 balls with the score on 82-1 from 23.5. One ball later at 3.20pm heavy rain forced the players from the field, and tea was taken during the stoppage.

Hot Dogs were served up for tea, somewhat of a first for me in a tea Interval at a cricket match. However, it made a pleasant change to get to grips with brown sauce and tomato sauce.

I had been peering nervously at the maelstrom of Sky Sources throughout the day on my phone, eagerly keeping in touch with any possible comings and goings at the KPS with the closing of the Transfer Window approaching.

Play recommenced at 5.00pm with 42 overs remaining. 100 minutes lost minus 20 minutes for tea, net 80 minutes lost, which equates to 21 further overs lost making 66 available on the day. I now have a lengthy waiting list of people wishing to register for my net loss of overs scholarship.

The fielders initially had to dry the ball regularly with a selection of hand towels that they had tucked into their trousers. The sun actually made an appearance in the final session of the day, and we experienced, would you believe, some rather pleasant weather, with light no issue whatsoever. Earlier in the day I thought the only chance of seeing the Sun was to visit a local newsagent.

After 18 overs had been bowled following the resumption of play, Chappell was reintroduced to the attack. Chappell was bounding in from the Radcliffe Road End like his old self, and was generating good pace and carry.

He bowled a five-over spell, picking up 3-14 from five overs, two of which were maidens. Chappell struck thrice in the first three overs of his spell. Dal (43) went caught behind by Harry Swindells, Will Fraine (4) was caught at deep backward square by Sam Evans when attempting a hook, and Gibson (92) top-edged a short ball from Chappell that was expertly caught by Swindells.

Chappell is a fearsome unit when it all comes together for him, a force that can be very difficult to deal with. Lyndon James and Connor Marshall then struck up a partnership, and stayed together until the close of play. They brought up their 50 alliance from 86 balls with the score on 211-4 from 60 overs, and took Nottinghamshire into stumps on 220-4 from 66 overs. James 31* & Marshall 21*.

County used 8 bowlers over the 66 overs with Klein, Chappell, and Wells being edged for boundaries on a number of occasions. Chappell was the pick of the bowlers in returning figures of 10-2-23-3. Left arm seamers Manthorpe and Adam Ball made up a quintet of seamers whilst Rob Sayer, Matthew McKiernan and Dominic Butchart weighed in with the spin option.

Play for the day finished at 7.25pm, the players leaving the field in shafts of moonlight, with a backdrop of owls hooting in the distance. Nottinghamshire trailing by 115 runs going into the third and final day.

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