Seconds suffer double T20 setback

RESULT | Second XI T20 v Derbyshire CCC at Denby CC

Game 1: Derbyshire Second XI (2 points) beat Leicestershire Second XI by 4 wickets

Game 2: Derbyshire Second XI (2 points) beat Leicestershire Second XI by 46 runs



REPORT | By Pete Johnson


Leicestershire Second XI travelled up to Denby CC to take on Derbyshire CCC in the SET20 Competition. Denby Cricket Club’s ground is named The Copper Yard. However, it has no affiliation to the local Constabulary, or items of loose change whatsoever.

Denby have teams in the Derbyshire County Cricket League, and the Mansfield & District Cricket League. Denby is some three miles east of Belper, and eight miles north of Derby. Denby was the birthplace of John Flamsteed, England’s first Astronomer Royal. There is a memorial garden to him opposite the nearby St Mary the Virgin’s Church, which features the Stellasphere which shows the position of the stars and planets overhead at the current time.

The Copper Yard boasts a very large playing area, the main cricket field being bordered by a smaller one, and a third cricket field is also within the complex. The Scorers are positioned in self-contained accommodation some 50 yards to the right of the pavilion.

Leicestershire CCC had a frustrating day losing both matches. In game one they were defeated by four wickets, and in game two succumbed to a 46-run defeat. These two matches were the Second XI’s seventh and eighth in their 2018 SET20 campaign. Their record after the matches was Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3, Pts 10. The top two teams currently possess 16 points, but the Foxes has games in hand.  

Lewis Hill skippered County in both matches. There were a good number of spectators present when the players took to the field. A number of whom sat in front of their cars, to the far left of the pavilion, on an elevated area overlooking the ground.

To the naked eye it looked like a combination of cars lined up for a car boot sale or a rendezvous for a camping club. There were two hardy souls from Leicestershire present amongst the jovial throng of spectators. Left arm spinner and former Fox James Sykes played for Derbyshire in both games. Good to see Sykesy again. If you don’t see him, you certainly hear him!

Game 1

Leicestershire CCC won the toss and elected to bat. County posted 138-8 from their allotted 20 overs, which was somewhat under par. Well, The Open is going on at present up at Carnoustie. The top scorer of the innings was Ateeq Javid (44, 28b) supported by Aadil Ali (30, 25b). The pair posted a 50 partnership from 40 balls for the third wicket.

Grant Thornton, who has played for Leicestershire 2s in the past, gave a good account of himself (Editor’s note, we see what you did there Pete), with figures of four for 34 from his four overs of seam bowling. Derbyshire were 99-3 from 14 overs, and looked to be in a position to win comfortably.

However, Leicestershire CCC nearly edged them out of the game in the final six overs, Derbyshire CCC getting the further 40 runs required to win from the penultimate ball of the innings, and losing 3 more wickets in the process. A second wicket partnership of 63 from Tom Wood (37, 34b) and Calum Brodrick (35, 32b) putting them on the way. Their 50 alliance came from 44 balls.

Rob Sayer was the pick of the County bowlers with 2-16 from his four overs, Aadil Ali claiming 1-31 from four, and David Sayer 1-7 from his solitary over. Two Derbyshire 2s batsmen were also run out. Derbyshire CCC closing on 140-6 from 19.5 overs, winning by four wickets.  Derbyshire CCC 2 points, Leicestershire CCC 0 points.

Game 2

Derbyshire CCC won the toss and chose to bat. County made two changes, Sam Evans and Mo Ahmed replacing Harry Dearden and James Dickinson. Derbyshire replaced James Kettleborough with Scott Palombo.

Derbyshire racked up 189-6 from their 20 overs, thanks in the main to a partnership of 129 for the fourth wicket between Wood (91, 57b) and skipper Daryn Smit (62, 35b). They posted a 50 partnership from 26 balls, and a century partnership from 59 balls. Their 129-run alliance encompassed 66 balls. Wood’s 50 (37b, 5x4, 1x6) and Smit’s 50 (27b, 7x4, 1x6).

Wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC were Dieter Klein 2-33 from four, Ateeq Javid 2-36 from four and Gavin Griffiths 1-28 from three overs with one Derbyshire 2s batsman being run out.

Leicestershire CCC raced to 89-3 from 8.4 overs thanks to Harry Swindells (40, 20b). They were then pegged back by spinner Hamidullah Qadri, who took 3-22 from 3.1 overs.

The innings never really got going again, and the Foxes were all out for 143 from 17.1 overs. Rob Sayer was unable to bat as a precautionary measure following a tumble he took in the field. Derbyshire CCC won by 46 runs. Derbyshire CCC 2 points, Leicestershire CCC 0 points.

* The Second XI face two more crucial group games against leaders Durham Second XI on Tuesday at the Fischer County Ground. The first match starts at 11.30am, and admission is free. The teams then meet the following day at Kibworth CC in a Championship fixture (11am start, free admission).