Mixed T20 day for Seconds

RESULT | Second XI T20 v Durham CCC at the Fischer County Ground

Game 1: Leicestershire Second XI (2 points) beat Durham Second XI by 27 runs

Game 2: Durham Second XI (2 points) beat Leicestershire Second XI by 11 runs



REPORT | By Pete Johnson


The FCG was the venue for Leicestershire Second XI’s penultimate fixtures in their SET20 2018 campaign. Leicestershire CCC started the day on 10 points from their eight matches played (Won 5, Lost 3). Opponents today are Durham CCC, who sit top of the SET20 North Group with 16 points (Played 10, Won 8, Lost 2).

Durham started the day knowing that one win from the two fixtures would put them through to Finals Day, while the Foxes needed to win their four remaining games, including two at Northamptonshire CCC next week, to get qualify for the showpiece event at Arundel.

Honours were even on the day as both sides won one game each. In game one, Leicestershire Second XI won by 27 runs, Harry Swindells weighing in with an unbeaten 77 from 54 balls in a total of 182 for three.

The attack restricted Durham CCC to 155-9 from their allotted overs. Left arm leg-spinner Moh Ahmed returning career-best SET20 figures of four for 33. Alex Evans, a seam bowler from our Academy, had an impressive Second XI debut, taking two for 22 from three overs.

In game 2 Durham CCC were bowled out for 158 from 16.2 overs. Academy leg-spinner James Dickinson was another player to return career best SET20 figures of 3-19. Evans again claimed two wickets, as did Don Butchart with his off-spin.

Leicestershire CCC was in a good position in reply at 60-1 after the powerplay, but the innings faltered against visiting leg-spinner Ben Whitehead, who had very impressive figures of 4-11 from his four overs. Durham CCC won by 11 runs.

It was yet another very hot day at the FCG, with no flags remaining uncracked. A good number of spectators being present throughout the day.

Game 1

Tom Wells skippered County, won the toss, and elected to bat. Wells and Swindells posted a 75-run partnership for the first wicket. They rattled up their 50 partnership from 30 balls. Wells (40, 31b) departed after a very forceful innings. Swindells went to his 50 (31b, 3x4, 2x6), and posted another 50-run partnership with Aadil Ali, this time from 31 balls.

Aadil (30, 22b) went with the score on 129 for two from 14.4 overs. Mohammad Nabi (16, 11b) struck two consecutive maximums from the bowling of off-spinner Ryan Pringle. Swindells carried his bat for 77 not out from 54 balls (6x4/2x6).

The little run machine went through his full repertoire finding the boundary with scoops, paddles, reverse sweeps, his innings also being drizzled with many orthodox shots. Lewis Hill scored 2 not out. County closed on 182 for three. At the close of the innings the ‘Scorer’s Lair’ was visited by eagle eyed spectator, Chris Stone, who had made a very astute observation in the final over for which both Scorers were most grateful of his input.

The mainstay of the Durham CCC innings was middle-order batsman Scott Steel who made 58 not out from 34 balls. His 50 came from 32 balls (6x4, 2x6). After an opening partnership of 37 between Liam Trevaskis (26, 16b) and Michael Jones, the Durham CCC reply was kept in check by Leicestershire CCC’s - in the main - young attack.

Jones (41, 37b) was one of four victims for Ahmed.  Ahmed was ably supported by 17-year-old seamer Alex Evans, while Wells was terrific, returning frugal figures of 3-12 from his 4 overs to go with a useful innings. Durham CCC closed on 155-9 from their 20 overs, Leicestershire winning by 27 runs. Leicestershire CCC 2 points, Durham CCC 0 points. 

At this juncture between matches I feel it prudent to mention that LCCC ‘media mogul’ Dan Nice has been alongside us in the Scoring Suite today. Dan not only kept the LCCC Twitter feed up to date in his own inimitable way, but found time to regularly bombard the Scorers with a constant supply of hot beverages. John Stew, Catering Impresario, better start looking over his shoulder, an heir apparent is waiting in the wings. #dandantheteaandcoffeeman (Editor’s note: my beef medallions are nowhere to near as good).

Game 2

Leicestershire CCC made two changes, Dickinson and Jack Nightingale replacing Ahmed and Nabi. Durham CCC was unchanged. Tom Wells again skippered County, Durham CCC won the toss, and chose to bat.

Steel again proved a thorn in Leicestershire’s side. This time he opened the innings, and made 78 from 34 balls. His 50 (23b, 7x4, 2x6) coming when the score reached 77-3 from nine overs. A partnership of 55 was posted for the fourth wicket between Steel and Ryan Davies (23, 23b). Durham CCC looked set for a large total when on 111-3 at halfway, but Leicestershire CCC pulled it back bowling them out for 158 (a further 47 runs being added from 6.1 overs).

Dickinson the leading wicket-taker with 3-19 from 2.2 overs, including bowling the dangerous Steel, Alex Evans 2-38 from 3, Don Butchart 2-17 from 3, Wells 1-31 from 3, and Aadil 1-19 from 3 the other wicket-takers. Butchart and Wells also combined to effect a run out.

Leicestershire CCC looked on course for a second victory of the day when on 75-2 from 8.4, requiring a further 84 runs from 11.2 overs. However, Whitehead then turned the match in Durham CCC’s favour.

Innings of note from Foxes batsmen came from Wells (31, 25b), Aadil (21, 14b), and Sam Evans (33 not out, 29b) towards the end of the innings. Leicestershire CCC closing on 147-7 from their 20 overs, Durham CCC winning by 11 runs. Leicestershire CCC 0 points, Durham CCC 2 points.

Leicestershire CCC now have two SET20 matches remaining, but is unable to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition in view of results elsewhere.

* The two teams now meet in the Second XI Championship at Kibworth CC over the next three days. Each day starts at 11am with admission free.