Dearden shines against Windies

Leicestershire versus West Indies, Tourist Match, Day 2:

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REPORT | by Harry Josephs

Harry Dearden looked in fine form before bad light and rain curtailed the final day of Leicestershire’s tour match against West Indies after the hosts scored 70 for 1 in their first innings.

Dearden struck a confident 42 not out, including seven boundaries in his knock. Conditions were not quite so pleasant for batting on day two, yesterday’s blue skies had been replaced by grey ones and conditions were favourable to the bowler.

Leicestershire’s opening pair of Dearden and Sam Evans had a youthful feel as neither batsmen is older than 20. Both looked to be positive immediately, Dearden hit a back-to-back fours in the second over, the first through point the second a sublime flick off the legs.

The next over Evans registered his first Leicestershire runs and the batsman arguably played the shot of the day in just the fifth over as he timed a ball through cover that raced to the boundary.

Dearden received a nasty blow to the hand from a rising delivery from Miguel Cummins who was bowling briskly and utilising the short ball.

The left-hander wasn’t deterred; he and Evans reached their 50 partnership in the ninth over, the pair hitting ten boundaries in the partnership.

Evans was the first Leicestershire wicket to fall, well-caught at gully by Shai Hope for 18 off the bowling of Joseph.

Play was halted after an hour due to bad light. Unfortunately, the weather did not improve and the match was abandoned by umpires Paul Baldwin and Chris Watts.