Second XI suffer three abandonments

Leicestershire v Yorkshire, Second XI Trophy

Match abandoned without a ball bowled

 

MCC Young Cricketers v Leicestershire, Second XI Trophy

SCORECARD

 

Leicestershire v Warwickshire, Second XI Trophy

Match abandoned without a ball bowled

 

ROUND-UP | Leicestershire Second XI rounded off their Trophy campaign this week with three matches – but they were all washed out.

The first game, scheduled to be against Yorkshire at Lutterworth on Monday, fell victim to the weather without a ball being bowled.

Two young Foxes then had a terrific day against MCC Young Cricketers at Merchant Taylors’ School despite rain ultimately being the winner again. 

All-rounder Will Fazakerley made his first century for the club while Aadil Ali scored 96 as Leicestershire scored 279-5.

Opener Aadil and Fazakerley (102) shared 183 for the third wicket while Ben Raine scored 27 batting at three on his return from injury.

A wet outfield delayed start until 11.30 with no loss of overs. After a beautiful early cover drive, Mosun Hussain edged Liam Hurt behind, playing defensively, to what was a good delivery.

Aadil began with a series of powerful front foot straight drives, the damp outfield costing him perhaps half a dozen runs. He recorded three threes in his first ten. Joined by Raine, 52 were added in nine overs, before the latter mistimed a pull to be caught at mid on for 27.

The opener used his feet well to the spinners once they were introduced and scampered well-placed singles to rotate the strike.

Fazakerley began to strike the ball really cleanly and there was one particularly eventful delivery from Hurt.

The seamer, having overstepped, sent down a searing bouncer for the free hit delivery, requiring a supremely athletic one-handed take over the wrong shoulder by 'keeper Cross to prevent four further extras.

The delivery was called a no-ball for height, and there ensued lengthy discussion between the bowler and captain as to how to approach the upcoming free hit. Fazakerley belted it over long-off anyway, for the first of his two sixes there.

Fazakerley displayed a fondness for the scoop with some positive returns. An early attempt misfired, hitting the toe of the bat and rolling gently towards cover, the batsman looking all over for it. Two balls later, though, it was executed to perfection, for one of his 10 fours in an innings of 102. 

It ended on his 119th ball, when the umpire finally had to yield to one of many stumping appeals by Cross - this one could be easily adjudged in his favour, as Fazakerley was close to halfway down & still moving forward. A late rush of wickets ensued, including Aadil who, in search of his century, managed to nick a wide one on 96, from 122 balls (7x4, 1x6).

Contrary to all forecasts, rain began to fall steadily during the interval, and there was no further play.

The Second XI were due to play against Warwickshire at Hinckley Town/CCA today, but heavy precipitation in the region forced an early abandonment.

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