Seamers work hard but Seconds draw

Warwickshire v Leicestershire, Second XI Championship, Day 3:

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

We turned up for day three of the SEC encounter between Warwickshire and Leicestershire to be greeted by what would you believe, no less but the sun. Seriously I am not talking newspapers here, but that big yellow thing up above. I took my regulation pre-match perambulation around the ground. I am of the considered opinion that ‘the Gardener’s Shed’ could have a double life in the winter. It could be transported anywhere in the UK and would make an ideal haven for Twitchers. No camouflage needed whatsoever.

Before getting stuck into today’s despatches, very sincere good wishes to The Duke of Edinburgh who, it has been announced, is retiring from official duties in the Autumn. (One needs to keep on the right side of the upper echelons of MCC members, just in case one is ‘whistled up’ to HQ for duties at some time in the future!).

Right, cricket match on the agenda, so here we go then.

With Warwickshire CCC having a RLODC match at Edgbaston today, the attendance at the start of play was somewhat sparse. One spectator was to the pavilion side of the sightscreen at the City End, and the other three sat the other side of said screen.

Even the dynamic duo, those two stalwarts Rosemary and Chris, did the game in shifts. Chris covering the pre-lunch session, as he had matters Riders Basketball to attend to ‘down the smoke’ in the evening, Rosemary covering the afternoon session. The sightscreen at the City End looked somewhat forlorn after tea as Rosemary had departed the scene.

The game fizzled out to a draw with Warwickshire dominating the morning, and afternoon sessions. However, Leicestershire took the honours in the final session ripping out seven wickets in 14 overs. 17-year-old Jacob Bailey weighing in with four wickets, finely supported by Ben Mike of our Academy, and trialist Dominic Manthorpe. The players shook hands with Warwickshire 455-9.

Before the game started there were changes to both teams as a result of call ups to respective first team squads. Callum Parkinson joined the first team at South Northumberland CC, so Warwickshire kindly provided a replacement in Mo Ahmed from their under 19 squad. Rob Yates was drafted into the Warwickshire team replacing Matt Lamb, who had also been called into Warwickshire’s 1st XI squad.

Warwickshire resumed on their overnight 109-0, trailing by 152 runs, with Andrew Umeed 47*,  Ian Westwood 54*.

In the morning session Warwickshire lost just the wicket of Ian Westwood whilst taking the score to 250-1 from 49 overs. Umeed brought up his 50 (9x4) from 80 balls, with the score on 137-0 from 23.5.

The 150 partnership came up after 26.5 overs, the only bowler able to stem the flow of runs in the morning session was Charlie Shreck, who bowled a miserly eight overs, five of which were maidens, for just six runs.

With the score on 151 Westwood (84) was bowled by Dominic Manthorpe, when he swung across the line with an ‘air shot’. Westwood would have no doubt felt he was a little under par for the day. Umeed was joined by Liam Banks and the pair quickly built a 50 partnership from 67 balls when the score had reached 203-1 from 40 overs. Umeed went to his century (17x4) from 155 balls, the score being 240-1 from 48.2 overs. A fine knock by the skipper, but he had offered one chance, that was put down, when he was on 31.

Leg-spinner James Dickinson bowled the penultimate over before lunch, Dickinson obviously in the hunt to pick up a bargain.  The Bears went into lunch on 250-1 from 49. The second ball after lunch brought up the 100 alliance between Umeed and Banks.

Banks went to his 50 (8x4) from 91 balls with the score on 289-1 from 62.2. With a name like Banks he must have felt quite at home on an ex-brewery ground. The 150 partnership was achieved when the score had reached 302-1. Just afterwards Umeed brought up his 150 (24x4) from 217 balls.

Banks, when on 74, was dropped as a massive skier spilled out of the fielder’s hands running in from long-on, no doubt leaving the unfortunate fielder with a bitter taste. County took the new ball immediately it was due after 80 overs. In the second over, his first with the new cherry, Mike had Banks (84) caught behind by the ever alert Harry Swindells. Warwickshire went into tea on 385-2 from 83 overs, Umeed 190*, Alex Mellor 1*.

There was then a clatter of wickets as County dominated the final session. Mellor (18) went caught at cover by Jacob Bailey off Manthorpe, leaving Warwickshire on 410-3 from 86.3. Umeed then became the second double centurion of the match, going to his 200 (31x4) from 273 balls with the score on 419-3 from 88.1.

From the next ball Umeed (203) feathered a catch behind to Swindells off left arm seamer Manthorpe, his third wicket of the innings. Without addition to the score Rob Yates (4) was comprehensively bowled by Mike.

Mike generated good pace, sprinkled with occasional hostility. The next four wickets to fall all belonged to 17-year-old Bailey, who was homing in from The City End. Harry Johnson (1) went expertly caught in the gully by Chris Laker, George Panayi (4) went caught behind by Swindells and, without addition to the score, Sonny Singh (0) went caught by Mike, running in from third man off Bailey. An excellent catch by Mike whose knuckles scorched the grass when pouching the catch.

Bailey then picked up a 4-for when he had Mark Adair (22) caught behind by Swindells. With Warwickshire on 455-9, and the final hour about to start, the teams shook hands on a draw. Henry Brookes 5*. Special mention to Bailey, Manthorpe, and Mike who took the nine wickets between them.

It was a fine effort from Bailey on his debut for the Second XI. Also, to Mo Ahmed drafted into the side, and playing against his own county. Although he did not take a wicket I must mention the warhorse that is Charlie Shreck, 18-7-33-0 to go with his first innings four-for. He just did not give anything away, and was miserly throughout the game. That reminds me, I must ring the wife.

Last, but no means certainly least, what a performance from Paul Horton. On the field of play for the entire 18 hours of the three days, and a score of 277 not out, the highest Second XI Championship score by a Leicestershire player. Horton’s the name, scoring runs the game. Very well batted Horts! His captaincy hit the spot as well.

Warwickshire 8 points, Leicestershire 13 points.

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