30th May 2017
Fazakerley fires again for Seconds
Leicestershire v Yorkshire, Second XI Championship, Day 1
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Leicestershire arrived at Kibworth CC for a three-day SEC encounter with Yorkshire, Sadler’s Stalwarts paying their second visit of the season to this South Leicestershire metropolis.
With there being no First XI game at the Fischer County Ground, there was a good number of spectators in attendance for a Second XI match when the game commenced. The majority of them assembled on the ‘Kibworth Kop’ in front of, and on, the pavilion balcony.
One of the umpires allocated to the game was Ray Medland. Ray always gives me a packet of Werther's before every day's play when he officiates an LCCC Second XI match. I have not got the heart to tell him that the scorers do not have to mark the umpires at the conclusion of every match...
Honours were just about even at the end of day one. Yorkshire were bowled out for 270 with Will Fazakerley returning career-best Second XI figures of 6-55.
Ben Raine was skippering County, his opposite number Jon Tattersall called incorrectly, and Leicestershire elected to field. The players took to the field in somewhat overcast conditions.
Tattersall and Brook opened up for Yorkshire, against an opening attack of Raine and Dominic Manthorpe. Brook (8) was babbling along, but in Manthorpe’s fourth over of the morning, skied a ball up to mid-on to be comfortably caught by Fazakerley. Yorkshire 10-1 off 7.2.
Soon afterwards Fazakerley replaced Manthorpe at the Field End, and Charlie Shreck replaced Raine at the Pavilion End. Tattersall is obviously accustomed to seeing maidens, but this time ‘out of’ Shreck. Tattersall (23) was not at the races when Fazakerley rattled one into his stumps, Yorkshire 46-2 off 20 overs.
A solid partnership then developed between Will Rhodes, and Matthew Waite. They brought up their 50 partnership when the score reached 99-2 from 34.3. At the end of the over lunch was taken with no addition to the score, Rhodes 37*, Waite 22*.
A number of club groundsmen from the Everards Leicestershire Cricket League had been invited to Kibworth for a ‘social’ day, part of which was a 40 minute seminar on the square during the lunch interval. After the interval I was expecting to see the best grass since Judas on display. Any male or female member of the cloth reading this will no doubt appreciate and concur with my observations.
Rhodes and Waite continued to accumulate after lunch. We had a sort of double header in progress with Fazakerley bowling to Rhodes, both wearing number 35, and it also being a mini battle of the islands. Apologies if that may sound a bit Greek. Rhodes being a sun-kissed island, while the boy Faz is from Guernsey, where you get a few rays between the showers.
Rhodes brought up his half-century (7x4) from 86 balls with the score on 127-2 from 39.5. He had not added to his score when Fazakerley bowled him a ball of fuller length that arrowed into his stumps: Rhodes sent packing, Yorkshire on 137-3 from 41.2.
Ryan Gibson (7) went bowled by Raine, someone called Raine just had to make an appearance after mentioning holiday islands earlier. Jordan Thompson and Waite then set about rebuilding the innings. Waite went to his 50 (6x4) from 85 balls with the score on 160-4 from 48.2.
They had added 50 together when the score had reached 201-4 from 55 overs, Waite having earlier been put down at first slip when on 11 off the bowling of Rob Sayer. Thompson had also benefitted from a spilled caught behind off Fazakerley. Waite then survived an lbw shout when on 47 from the bowling of Raine that may have registered on the Richter Scale.
Yorkshire then proceeded to lose 6 wickets for 43 runs either side of tea. Thompson (41) was another batsman to be bowled by Fazakerley. Faz would be a shoo-in for a job in the display department at Ikea with the amount of furniture he was rearranging today, 227-5 from 66 overs.
Waite’s stubborn resistance came to an end when he had reached 85, having a swish at a delivery from Fazakerley that gave him a little width only to edge to Harry Swindells behind the stumps.
Callum Parkinson, who had earlier been bowling from the pavilion End, switched to the Field End, and with his first delivery trapped Matthew Fisher (1) in front, Yorkshire going into tea on 237-7 from 72 with Josh Shaw 3* and Johnny Read 2*.
After tea James Sykes, operating from the Pavilion End deceived Shaw (7) in the flight, and the ever alert Swindells whipped off the bails. No redemption for Shaw when he tried to ‘shank’ Sykes. County took the new ball at the beginning of the 81st over, and with the third ball Fazakerley had Read (15) caught at point by Jacob Bailey.
Manthorpe bowled a maiden and then Fazakerley hit the stumps yet again, this time it was James Wainman (13) the batsman who departed. Karl Carver was left 1*, Yorkshire all out for 270 from 83.5, Fazakerley returning superb figures of 13.5-2-55-6, ably supported by all seven other bowlers who were called upon.
County had 18 overs left to bat before stumps but got off to a bad start. Aadil Ali (0) went caught behind by Read off Fisher, swiftly followed by Ben Raine (0) caught at slip by Brook off Shaw, when attempting to hook a short delivery, 4-2 off 1.4.
Joe Barrett and Fazakerley had to dig in to build a platform for the innings. Barrett looked at home, and played four sumptuous cover drives that reached the ropes. Fazakerley also weighed in with a couple of boundaries, one a dismissive ‘swot’ through mid-wicket off Fisher.
Barrett (23) went caught at point by carver off Wainman before Sayer (14*) and Fazakerley (15*) saw County safely into stumps on 55-3 from 18 overs, Leicestershire trailing by 215 runs with seven wickets in hand. Leicestershire 4 points, Yorkshire 4 points.