Javid hits century in Seconds loss

RESULT | Leicestershire Second XI 202 and 326 for 8 dec lost to Warwickshire Second XI 228 and 304-3 by 7 wickets


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Two reports for the price of one today. As there were urgent matters in Moscow that demanded my undivided attention on Wednesday evening, I had little time available to file a report proceedings of day two at Kibworth CC. However, now that the dust has settled here are my eagle-eyed observations of days two & three proceedings of the SEC match against Warwickshire CCC.

Warwickshire CCC won the encounter by seven wickets. At close of play on day one, Warwickshire CCC were 91-3 trailing Leicestershire by 111 runs. As the game unfolded Warwickshire CCC were dismissed in their first Innings for 228, a lead of 26 runs, Gavin Griffiths turning in an excellent performance with the ball claiming 5-45 from 15.5 overs.

In their second innings Leicestershire CCC declared on 326-8. Ateeq Javid posting a fine 123, supported by Harry Dearden who weighed in with 76. Warwickshire CCC were set 301 to win from a minimum of 68 overs, the required rate 4.42 per over. The Bears got over the line comfortably thanks to a less than run a ball undefeated century from Chris Woakes (114 not out) and 51 not out from Aaron Thomason. Warwickshire CCC getting home by seven wickets with 7.3 overs remaining.

Day 2

Before play commenced I was visited in the Scorers’ Sanctum by spectating royalty, in the form of Robin (Matthews), and First Lady of the FCG, Carol. You will be reassured to know that I got all my Ps and Qs in the right place, and was ready for action at 11.00am sharp. I also took delivery of yet another packet of Werther’s Original from Umpire Ray Medland. Three days on the bounce, a splendid hat-trick from Ray, which is very much appreciated.

A dull, much cooler morning greeted the players as they took to the field. Warwickshire CCC resuming on their overnight 91 for 3. Andy Umeed 29 not out, Aaron Thomason 13 not out. The score had progressed to 112 when Thomason (14) was trapped in front by Ben Mike, operating from the Field End. A further ten runs had been added when Calvin Dickinson (4) was well held at first slip by Aadil Ali off Mike. The ball travelling at speed, but Aadil comfortably taking the catch at waist height.

At the fall of the wicket, I had a window of opportunity to survey the spectators, I noticed former Fox Niall O’Brien walking around the boundary, hound in tow. Umeed went to his 50 (107b, 8x4) when the score reached 143-5 from 37.1 overs.

Just one run had been added when Umeed (51) was caught down the leg-side by ‘keeper Harry Swindells, a short ball delivered by Griffiths, from the Pavilion End, looping up to the awaiting Swindler. At 12.20pm the sun broke through the cloud cover, and normal service weather wise was resumed.

County were getting a grip on the game and looked like taking a first innings lead when Rob Sayer had Dan Douthewaite (7) trapped in front. In the final over before lunch, his first over of the innings, James Dickinson brought the Umpire’s finger into play again when he rapped Alex Thomson (36) on the pads. Warwickshire CCC into lunch on 192-8 from 60 overs.

During the lunch interval, I had the pleasure of polishing off a second sweet (sounds more refined than pudding). A female member of the LCCC backroom team ate the fruit that was drizzled on the top of said sweet, but buckled at the challenge of a chocolate based substance lying beneath the fruit. All players who have provided me with cups of tea of late, please note that you will have to up your game, I have moved up a level, as solids rather than liquids have now entered the equation.

A partnership of 28 between Ethan Brookes, and soon to be a Fox, Chris Wright, enabled The Bears to get a lead. The score had reached 220 when Brookes (21) went lbw to Griffiths. Leicestershire CCC finished off the innings up the innings when Josh Poysden (0) was bowled by Griffiths, Wright 24 not out.

Warwickshire CCC all out for 228 a lead of 26 runs. Fine bowling from Griffiths, whose figures were 15.5-4-45-5. The other wicket takers were Ben Mike 3-73 from 14, James Dickinson 1-19 from 5, and Sayer who had miserly figures of 20-12-29-1. Leicestershire CCC commenced their reply at 2.41pm. Harry Dearden and Swindells opening up. That many Harrys about, but not one to be seen leaning out of a car window, as on Transfer Deadline Day.

It was after the Lord Mayor’s Show for Swindells as he departed first ball lbw to Wright. Aadil Ali joined Dearden, Aadil taking three boundaries of seamer Ryan Sidebottom, and one off Wright in a partnership of 47. Aadil (31) was bowled by Chris Woakes, when the seamer slipped a quicker one in.

Dearden meanwhile was looking on song, taking a brace of boundaries in successive balls off seamer Douthwaite. Dearden went to his 50 (83b, 10x4) when the score reached 95-2 from 24 overs. Dearden going to his 50 with a boundary, straight down the ground off spinner Alex Thomson. County went into tea on 98-2 from 26 overs. Dearden 53* Javid 9*.

After Tea the pair racked up a 50 partnership from 84 balls when the score reached 106. Dearden (76) was bowled by spinner Poysden with the score on 124. Dearden’s innings containing 15 fours off 113 balls.

On five occasions during his innings Dearden hit boundaries from successive balls. When he first comes to the crease, Javid reminds me of a person going into a large store shopping, but having a good close look at what’s on offer before committing himself.

Sam Evans joined Javid, and reverse-swept Poysden to the ropes. Poysden gained revenge however when Evans (15) was adjudged lbw. The left-handed Hassan Azad joined the fray, and looked very comfortable.

He posted a 50 partnership with Javid from 88 balls, the score on 218-4 from 57.3 overs. Azad coming across as a bit of a grinder which was what the occasion demanded. At stumps County 219-4 from 58 overs. Javid 60 not out, Azad 26 not out, leading by 193 runs.

Play finished at 6.36pm, and I made my way home to the north of Leicester, one ear on the radio, both eyes on the road. I was in the centre of Leicester when Kieran Trippier put England in front after five minutes, loud blast on car hooter followed. The rest is history so they say.

Day 3

On my journey over to Kibworth I felt a bit like a fish after last night’s events in Moscow… gutted.

I trooped up the stairs of the Kibworth pavilion to the Scorer’s room, deep in thought on what could have been of England, and there on my desk was yet another packet of Werther’s Originals. It was a bit like seeing the calling card that the Cadbury’s Milk Tray Man used to leave. I am sure there are people reading this who are old enough to remember the advert on TV (or at the pictures).

County resumed on 219-4 Javid 60*, Azad 26*. We were only in the first over when H Dearden Esq, fast out of the blocks, and straight on the money, politely enquired if I required liquid refreshment. My answer being in the affirmative ‘of course’. HD getting the picture and delivering a refreshing cuppa.

Javid and Azad posted a 100 partnership from 179 balls, the score on 269-4 from 72.3 overs. At 12.03pm the sun broke through the clouds, 17 minutes earlier than yesterday. Tomasz Schafernaker, one of the BBC TV’s weather presenters, better start looking over his shoulder. Azad (44, 100b), went caught in the deep by Thomason off Brookes. Javid went to his 100 (174b, 8x4, 1x6), the score 287-5 from 79 overs.

With the score on 322, Javid’s magnificent innings came to an end when he was caught at long-off by Woakes off Poysden for 123 from 192b (12x4, 1x6). Javid is extremely patient and respectful to the bowling when starting out on his innings, in red ball cricket, whilst he gets himself settled in. I am nicknaming him The Poet (Patience Strong). Probably the only time you will hear Javid related to poetry!

Two more wickets fell before County declared over lunch, both batsmen who were out taking one for the team. Sayer (14) was run out when he went for a single, but Mike stayed in his ground, Woakes arrowing the ball in, and the bowler, Brookes, removing the bails. In the last over before lunch, Mike (1) was bowled by Poysden. Griffiths 0*. County declaring on 326-8, setting Warwickshire CCC 301 to win from a minimum of 68 overs. An asking rate of 4.42 per over.

Andy Umeed and Nick Hammond opened up for Warwickshire CCC. Umeed (5) was soon on his way when he glanced Griffiths down the leg side, only to be caught by keeper Swindells. Shortly afterwards Terry, a staunch Foxes man, and regular at Second XI games plonked 10 mint humbugs on my desk. A bit of a ‘Sweet War’ developing, Werther’s Original v Mint Humbugs, of which I am the grateful recipient. I am in grave danger of sucking myself inside out with all these sweets at my disposal.

Matt Lamb joined Hammond, and the pair forged a partnership of over 100. Their 50 partnership came from 79 balls, and their 100 alliance from 157 balls, the score on 106 for one from 28.3 overs. Lamb went to his 50 (69b, 5x4). In the next over Hammond reached his half century (93b, 9x4). In the final over before tea, Lamb (52) was lbw to left arm spinner Mo Ahmed. Warwickshire CCC into tea on 119-2 from 31.2 overs, Hammond 58*.

In the eighth over after tea, Hammond (67, 128b) was bowled by Ahmed. If Hammond was not in Top Gear in the first innings, his driving was very much up to scratch today. County had no further successes as Woakes and Thomason posted an unbroken 150 partnership to see the Bears home.

Their 50 partnership came up from 39 balls, 204-3 from 46.1 overs. Woakes went to his 50 (51b, 5x4, 1x6) and 100 stand came up from 89 balls. Woakes went to a brutal 100 (88b, 14x4, 1x6) before Thomason recorded his 50 (54b, 7x4). Woakes struck the winning boundary to post a 150 partnership from 126 balls. Warwickshire CCC 304-3, winning by seven wickets with a minimum of 7.3 overs remaining. Woakes 114* (96b, 17x4, 1x6), Thomason 51* (55b, 7x4). Wicket-takers for County, Griffiths 1-26 from seven, and Mo Ahmed 2-63 from 12 overs. Leicestershire CCC 6 points, Warwickshire CCC 22 points.

Sincere thanks to all at Kibworth CC for their excellent hospitality over the past three days. Special mention to ‘Kitchen Goddess’ Jan, ably assisted by Alison, Liz, Chrissie. Steve Ellwood, Kibworth CC Chairman, doing many things to assist as well. Finally, not forgetting Steve Pollard Kibworth CC Groundsman. See you all again the week after next. (Editor’s note: can I second that, thanks to everyone at Kibworth CC for the warm welcome, good pitch and hospitality as always)