Hill's unbeaten ton steers Seconds home

RESULT | Second XI Friendly (50 overs): Leicestershire Second XI 268 for 4 beat Derbyshire Second XI 265 for 8 by 6 wickets


REPORT | By Harry Josephs

Lewis Hill scored a sparkling century as Leicestershire Second XI landed a six-wicket win over Derbyshire CCC in a 50-over friendly at the Fischer County Ground.

Sam Evans skippered a young County side and lost the toss with Derbyshire CCC electing to bat on an overcast and chilly morning at the FCG. Ben Mike and Hishaam Khan opened the bowling, and had the batsmen playing and missing regularly.

However, it wasn’t until Aadil Ali’s spin was introduced in the 10th over that the breakthrough was made. Nils Priestley was the first wicket to fall, having made 25 before being bowled by the all-rounder.

Jamie Redman was joined by Callum Brodrick, and they added 61 for the second wicket, the pair being patient and not looking to be too aggressive.

It took a moment of magic from Hill to break the partnership. Hill was up to the stumps to left arm seamer James Graham and Brodrick dragged his foot out with Hill instantly whipping the bails off.

Tom Wood came and went fairly quickly as he was caught on the boundary sweeping left arm spinner Oli Clarke. The Second XI continued to take wickets with Mike claiming his first as Zen Malik looked to hook the seamer but was caught by Don Butchart on the boundary.

Mike took his second as Finn Trenouth was bowled. Mike’s next over bought his third reward as he had Cox caught in the ring by Aadil.

From 107-2 the Second Team had responded impressively to have Derbyshire 186-7 as David Sayer took the seventh wicket. Jack Redman had batted throughout the Derbyshire innings but fell to a magnificent caught and bowled by Sayer for a well-made 78.

The flurry of wickets bought Dan Wheeldon and James Kettleborough together and they added 81 for the eighth wicket, leaving County 266 to win.

Harry Swindells and Evans opened the batting and the Ivanhoe duo got off to a promising start, adding precisely 50 for the first wicket before Swindells fell for 23. Aadil joined Evans and he was off the mark with a beautifully timed cover drive.

The pair had added 25 before Evans was bowled by left arm spinner Tom Brett for 28. The second 50 partnership of the innings was bought up by an Aadil maximum as he targeted The Cricketers public house.

Hill wasn’t to be outdone by his partner, hitting a six in a similar region as the pair looked to accelerate the scoring. With the partnership worth 76, Aadil fell looking to hit over the top but finding long-on for a useful 35.

The middle order continued to chip away at their total. Tom Taylor joined Hill and immediately looked to play his shots. His innings included four boundaries, including one particularly pleasant clip through mid-wicket.

The partnership was ended as Taylor was bowled for 27, the partnership bought to an end for 61. Hassan Azad joined Hill and the pair put on 56 to see the side to a comfortable six-wicket victory.

As wickets fell around him Hill was the constant in the Leicestershire innings, reaching his second Second XI century of the season from 82 balls with 10 boundaries and a six.

It was left to Azad to hit the winning runs, and he did it in trademark style with a drive through the cover point region finding the ropes.

* Leicestershire Second XI has two friendly matches remaining in 2018, with the first being a four-day contest against Yorkshire Second XI at Kibworth CC next Tuesday (September 4). The game starts at 10.30am and admission is free.