The two Harrys excel at Kibworth

SCORE | Day 1, Second XI Championship: Leicestershire Second XI 401 for 7 dec v Nottinghamshire Second XI 35 for 0


REPORT | By Harry Josephs

Honours belonged to Leicestershire Second XI on the first day of the Championship match against Nottinghamshire Second XI at Kibworth CC.

The Leicestershire line up had an experienced feel to it with Lewis Hill skippering the side which also contained Harry Dearden, Aadil Ali and Mark Pettini. Hill won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on a glorious day.

The day was dominated by the two Harrys: Dearden and Swindells opened the batting and put on 215 for the first wicket with both batsmen scoring centuries. 

The pair got off to a fine start, the 50 partnership coming from 80 balls. Dearden went through to his half-century from just 58 balls. Soon after Dearden had reached his fifty, the pair had put on 100 for the first wicket coming in the 21st over.

Swindells was never far behind his opening partner and his own fifty came from 54 balls, Swindells hitting nine boundaries.

County were flying when lunch was called at 1:15 with the score at 184 without loss from 40 overs the run rate more than 4.5 an over, Dearden was on 96 and Swindells 80. Not long after lunch, Dearden reached his hundred from 128 balls hitting 12 boundaries, a great way to mark his competitive red ball return from a serious knee injury.

The other Harry has started 2018 in fine form, 86 against Durham Second XI at the start of the season followed by 101 in the SET and a hundred to follow today. He reached his century from 152 balls and hit 13 boundaries.

Before Swindells scored his century County had lost a couple of wickets; Dearden the first to go, caught by wicket-keeper Tom Keast off the bowling of off-spinner Matt Carter, and then Aadil was bowled by Carter for 2.

Hill had joined Swindells and the pair added 33 for the third wicket before Swindells fell for an excellent 110 from 174 balls (14x4). The loss of Swindells bought Pettini to the crease, and he and Hill carried on the good work of the openers.

Captain Hill reached his half century from 89 balls, hitting five boundaries. Five runs after Hill reached his half-century, tea was called with County 324 for 3, Pettini the other unbeaten batsman on 35.

After tea the pair bought up their century partnership having batted together for just over an hour. Pettini was the fourth batsmen to go past the half-century landmark, his coming from 76 balls (5x4).

Ben Kitt had been Notts most economical bowler and he returned and dismissed both batsmen, Hill caught and bowled for a well made 70, Pettini trapped lbw for 52. Tom Taylor and Don Butchart came and went and, with the score at 401 for 7, County declared.

Hill’s side had 9 overs to bowl in the day and Taylor and Dieter Klein shared the new ball. Both bowlers bowled 4 overs apiece and there was a over of Aadil’s off spin before stumps was called. Nottinghamshire closed at 35 without loss with Jake Libby on 11 and Chris Gibson 23.

PHOTO | Thanks to John Mallett for the photo of Harry Dearden batting against Pakistan.

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