Parkinson takes six in SET20 setbacks

Warwickshire v Leicestershire, Second XI T20

SCORECARD – Game 1

SCORECARD – Game 2

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire travelled to Moseley CC to take on Warwickshire for Second XI T20 fixtures on Monday. The format of the SET20 is that two matches are played on the day, and players can be changed between matches. This is County’s second fixture in this year’s SET20 competition, their record so far is won one, lost one.

I am told Moseley CC were one of the founders of the Birmingham & District Cricket League, the oldest Cricket League in the world. The Honours Board in their pavilion records 1890 as the first time they won the aforementioned League. On the Captains board the 2003 Club Captain is shown as W Khan, the very one that is now the Leicestershire CEO.

The start time for SET20 matches is 11.30am, this gave us time to travel over to Moseley this morning, giving us the opportunity to fully enjoy a busy Monday morning on the M6 followed by the sprawling conurbation of Birmingham. My co-pilot for the day HJ Swindells Esq demonstrating that he is just as adept at manoeuvring on the motorway as he is between the wickets.

Warwickshire took the honours on the day. Cameron Delport made a brisk 60 for County in game one, Callum Parkinson having a mean spell with the ball taking 2-26 from his four overs. In the second fixture there was an extremely parsimonious spell from Parkinson, who took 4-13 from his allotted four overs, and Aadil Ali grafted hard for 37 runs when County took to the crease.

There were a good number of spectators present when play commenced at 11.30am, although some made it known that they would be de camping to Edgbaston when the day/night Championship match commenced at Wantage Road at 2.00pm.

In Game 1 Warwickshire won the toss, and elected to field. County made 159-7 from their allotted 20 overs. Aadil and Delport brought up a 50 opening partnership from 34 deliveries. The ball following their 50 alliance saw Aadil (24) bowled by Ateeq Javid. 

Will Fazakerley (0) went lbw second ball to Javid, before Mark Pettini joined Delport, and the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over. They had added 40 when Pettini (21 from 19 balls) dragged one on from Javid. 

Delport went to his 50 (7x4,1x6) from 34 balls when the score had reached 98-3 from 13 overs. Tom Wells and Delport had added 38 for the fourth wicket when Delport (60 from 45 balls) departed, caught in the deep by Ed Pollock off Josh Poysden. County on 128-4 from 16.1 overs. 

The remaining 3.5 overs yielded a further 31 runs for the loss of three wickets. Wells (21 from 16 balls), and Parkinson (17 not out from 8 deliveries) played well, the Foxes closing on 159-7 from their 20 overs. 

Warwickshire got home comfortably, taking 17.4 overs to reach the total. County got off to a good start when Parkinson had Pollock (4) lbw second ball. 

That was just about as good as it got for Leicestershire. Alex Mellor and Liam Banks added 53 for the 2nd wicket, their 50 partnership coming up from 31 balls with the score on 54-1 from 5.1. Just afterwards Banks (28) went stumped by Swindells off Aadil. 

Kiwi Grant Elliott looked in ominous form, rattling up 68 not out from 38 balls. His 50 partnership with Mellor was recorded from 33 balls when the score reached 107-2 from 11.4. Mellor (47) departed lbw to Parkinson with the score on 130 from 14.2 overs but Elliott went to his 50 (7x4) from only 30 balls. Warwickshire cruised over the line to take the two points.

In Game 2 Warwickshire won the toss, and elected to bat. County went in with the same team, Warwickshire brought in Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Oliver Stone for Grant Elliott and Grant Thornton. two Olivers for two Grants, very symmetrical.

Warwickshire found it hard work, making 133-8 from their 20 overs. Parkinson was in imperious form. For the second time in the day he had Pollock (0) lbw second ball. 

Seamer Jacob Bailey joined the attack with in the third over and picked up two wickets in four balls. Bailey had Mellor (2) very well caught low down by Fazakerley at cover, and then Matthew Lamb (4) edged behind to keeper Swindells, the Bears in a bit of trouble at 11-3 off 2.5 overs. 

Aaron Thomasen (17) was caught and bowled by Parkinson when the score had reached 47 after 6.4 overs. Liam Banks (24) was bowled by Parkinson before Henry Brookes (11) was held by Bailey off Delport. Warwickshire 76-6 from 12.4. Parkinson bowled Stone (1), and Ateeq Javid, who made an important 36, was caught by Fazakerley off Delport. Poysden 19* and Hannon-Dalby 2*, the Bears closing on 133-8. 

Excellent figures from Parkinson, who bowled his four overs in three spells: 1-2 (1 over): 2-9 (2 overs), and 1-2 (1 over). Good old Parky, trotting in in a sanguine manner just like his beloved Wanderers (Bolton for the uninitiated). 

It was not easy from the off for County and the target of 134 to win became more distant as the game developed. First innings half-centurion Delport (17 from 16 balls) went with the score on 23. Aadil battled but was unable to pierce the field and find the boundary against some tight bowling.

Fazakerley (8) was bowled by Poysden, Pettini (10) being caught by Lamb off Javid, County on 66-3 from 14 overs. The remaining wickets fell with batsmen trying to catch up with the asking rate. 

Wells (8) holed out in the deep and Aadil’s innings of 37 from 50 balls came to an end when he was out hit wicket to Stone. You could tell it was tough going as Aadil only hit one boundary in his innings - that coming from the 44th ball he received. Parkinson (0) went caught by Pollock off Stone, and Harry Dearden (9) caught by Pollock off Hannon-Dalby. 

Swindells was 6 not out and Mike 0*. From the first ball Swindells received from the rather rapid Stone, Swindells walked across his stumps, and played a scoop shot over the top of the keeper for four. Stone did not appear very impressed. I am going to nickname Swindells the ‘Splinter’ as he can really get under your skin.  

County closing on 106-7, losing by 27 runs. Warwickshire taking four points from the day, and although Leicestershire left with no points, it was an excellent day with the ball for Parkinson, who took 6-39 from eight overs.

 

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