Batsmen continue to dominate at Kibworth

SCORE | Day 2, Second XI Championship: Leicestershire Second XI 401 for 7 dec v Nottinghamshire Second XI 463 for 5


REPORT | By Harry Josephs

Day two of the Second XI Championship game between Leicestershire CCC and Nottinghamshire CCC followed the pattern of the first as it was dominated by the batsmen at Kibworth.

Notts openers Jake Libby and Chris Gibson resumed with the score 35 without loss and initially the going was steady, it took six overs for the pair to reach their 50 partnership. 

Gibson was the first of the pair to reach his half-century, coming from 76 balls and shortly afterwards the century partnership had been reached. Gibson had contributed 53 and Libby 40. Libby reached his half-century from 97 balls, hitting five boundaries and one maximum in his innings.

Notts went through to lunch with the score 155 without loss. Libby had accelerated and caught his partner up as both batsmen went into the interval on the score of 73. After lunch, County made their first breakthrough as Gibson (79) was dismissed by Dieter Klein, Richard Jones taking the catch.

Libby wasn’t fazed by the loss of his opening partner and went through to his century from 163 balls (12x4 & 1x6.) Libby had been joined by Savin Perera and the scoring pace was beginning to quicken, as the pair reached their fifty partnership from 70 balls.

The opener was using all his experience making life incredibly difficult for the bowlers and he reached 150 from 210 balls with Notts in a commanding position. Libby and Perera had added a hundred with Libby contributing 74 to the partnership.

Eventually County made their second breakthrough, the score 304 when Libby’s marathon innings came to an end. He had made 174 when he came down the wicket to left arm spinner Moh Ahmed and was stumped by Harry Swindells.

Four runs later and County had another wicket. Ahmed picked up a second as Solomon Budinger was trapped LBW. Perera was still going nicely and passed 50 but lost another partner as James Stamatis was trapped LBW by Tom Taylor for 16. 

Perera was joined by wicket-keeper Tom Keast and the pair were positive their 50 partnership came from 52 balls and the hundred partnership from 102 balls. Perera reached his century, his first fifty came from 139 balls but his second one was far quicker coming from 55 deliveries. Keast recorded his 50 from 56 balls shortly afterwards.

There was one last success for County, Perera falling for 103 as off-spinner Aadil Ali had him caught by Klein. Notts closed at 463 for 5, leading by 62 runs as we enter the final day.  

PHOTO | Thanks to Ed Melia for the photo of Dieter Klein and Harry Swindells.

* Day three of this SEC fixture between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire will get underway at 11am at Kibworth CC. Admission is free throughout the match.