Seconds maintain 100 per cent T20 record

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

Game 1: Leicestershire Second XI (2 points) beat Worcestershire Second XI by 9 wickets

Game 2: Leicestershire Second XI (2 points) beat Worcestershire Second XI by 12 runs



REPORT | By Pete Johnson


Leicestershire CCC maintained their 100 per cent record in the T20 competition after recording a brace of victories against Worcestershire CCC at a sun-drenched Fischer County Ground.

I must say that the ground looks in pristine condition as I survey the surroundings from the Crow’s Nest that is Scoring Towers at our Grace Road home. All credit to the groundstaff, and ground maintenance team, for their continued hard work. The grass looks like a finely laid, expertly woven carpet, even with the season approaching the three-month mark of the season. Also, you cannot beat the old adage ‘if it don’t move, paint it’.

I had to call into the office at the FCG today before play started as my diverse and demanding role encompasses much more than just counting runs, and recording wickets. I noticed two unsung members of the backroom staff of Team FCG, Tracey, and Jasmine.

They were eagerly beavering away in the office, both doing more work behind the scenes than a workaholic stagehand at a West End theatre. I am sure that comment goes for all members that are part of the finely tuned machine in the office at the FCG. (A wordsmith at his early morning best!)

Although this fixture was a SET20, many first team players were included in both sides, no doubt for acclimatisation in view of the Vitality Blast starting in the next few days.

Leicestershire CCC had an excellent day, winning both matches comfortably. They cruised home by nine wickets in game one, and won comfortably in game two by 12 runs. Leicestershire Second XI have now played four SET20 matches, and won them all.

Yet another baking hot summer’s day greeted the players as they took the field. The flag of St George proudly flying from one of the flag poles above the pavilion. Let us all hope it is flying just as proudly after the England game against Colombia on Tuesday evening.

Game 1

Colin Ackermann skippered County, won the toss, and elected to field. Worcestershire posted 135-8 from their 20 overs. The top run-scorer was Ryan Gibson who made 49 not out. His partner Andrew Carter was run out from the last ball of the innings, by a direct hit, from Callum Parkinson.

Fielding at short backward square-leg, Parkinson threw down the stumps at the keeper’s end with non-striker Carter short of his ground. Parky’s arms must have ached with the amount of time he held them in the air celebrating. His celebration would be a good template for an Umpire signalling a six.  

The only other visiting batsman to make a major contribution to the innings was Tom Fell, who made 34 from 35 balls. Leicestershire bowlers claiming wickets were: Cameron Delport 2-22 from 3, Parkinson 2-26 from 3, Neil Dexter 1-19 from 4, Muhammad Abbas 1-23 from 4, and Ben Mike 1-22 from 2.

There were only 2 extras in the Worcestershire innings, they came as a result of a single being taken from a wide. Lewis Hill keeping wicket also executed an excellent stumping Milton (8) off Parkinson, and a rather splendid catch, pouching Twohig (11) off Mike.

Cameron Delport and Neil Dexter opened up for the Foxes, and put on a 50 partnership in 37 balls. Delport (35, 31b) went caught in the deep by Liam Grey off spinner Ben Twohig, from the last ball of the 10th over when the score was 76.

No.3 Ackermann joined Dexter, the pair, as opposed to The Pears, looking in complete control. Dexter went to his 50 (6x4, 1x6) from 45 balls with the score on 99-1 from 14.1 overs. Ackermann posted a blistering 43 from 22 balls (7x4, 1x6), and Dexter was unbeaten on 54. County getting home by 9 wickets with 2.5 overs remaining. Leicestershire 2 points, Worcestershire 0 points.

Game 2

Leicestershire CCC made ten changes for game two, with Worcestershire CCC making seven adjustments (see attached Scorecards for details). Tom Wells skippered County in game two, the only Fox to appear in both games. In game 2, Worcestershire won the toss, and elected to bowl. It signalled the first time we had seen Mohammad Nabi in a Foxes shirt, and he delivered with bat and ball.

The Foxes made 166-5 from their 20 overs. Wells & Nabi rattled up a 50 partnership from 45 balls, and added 71 runs for the second wicket. Tom Wells, opening the innings, weighed in with 53 from 45 balls (8x4, 1x6). Wells 50 came from 44 balls. He was ably supported by Nabi, who posted 47 from 35 deliveries (2x4, 3x6).

The majority of the maximums in the Leicestershire innings were heralded by a blast from a vuvuzela, by one of the two stalwarts seated in front of their St George’s flag in the ‘Stench & Benno’ Stand, no doubt getting a bit of practise in for the Vitality Blast games. Ateeq Javid contributed 30 runs from 18 balls. Leicestershire closing on 166-5 from their 20 overs

Worcestershire CCC were very soon behind the asking rate in their innings. Raine, Nabi, Griffiths, Jones, Ahmed, Dickinson, Javid, and Wells all contributed, with the majority of them picking up wickets into the bargain.

The top-scorer for Worcestershire was Brett D’Oliveira, who struck 57 from 32 balls (8x4). His 50 encompassed 29 balls (7x4). D’Oliveira had a purple patch where he hit every ball of the 15th over to the ropes

It still, however, left Worcestershire needing 53 from 5 overs which proved beyond them. Wicket takers for County were: Nabi 2-27 from 4, Raine 2-34 from 4, Moh Ahmed 1-12 from 2, James Dickinson 1-14 from 2, and Javid 1-4 from 1, Leicestershire winning by 12 runs. Leicestershire 2 points, Worcestershire 0 points.

The return of T20 is always a test, and at the end of the day, Dave 'stout yeoman of the numbers on the manual board’ Goodacre, and myself had cauliflower ears. This came as a result of our constant liaison on our walkie talkies ensuring that the correct score, batsmen totals, overs and Duckworth-Lewis-Stern par score (even on a hot day) was displayed at all times, which is no mean feat with two T20s in one day. I reckon the person that put the T in Teamwork was the same bloke that put the T in tired out...

* The two teams are in action for the next three days in the Second Eleven Championship at the picturesque setting of Rugby School. The game is on the First XI square, located off Barby Road, CV22 5DP.