Second XI begin 2019 with friendly defeat

SECOND XI FRIENDLIES | Hampshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC

GAME 1 | Match abandoned without a ball bowled

GAME 2 | Hampshire Second XI 394 for nine beat Leicestershire Second XI 183 by 211 runs

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

After a washout on Tuesday, Leicestershire Second XI started their 2019 campaign with the second of a scheduled 50-over Friendly, against Hampshire CCC at The Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground Southampton.

I was able to have a thorough, detailed, and extensive perusal around the confines of the nearby The Ageas Bowl, as a result of prolonged rain. What a magnificent stadium it is. The Ageas Bowl was formerly called the Rose Bowl, Hampshire CCC having moved to this venue in 2001. It is used regularly for International matches, re development getting underway in 2008 to increase the capacity.

With temporary seating, 25,000 can be accommodated at this salubrious south coast sun trap. The word Ageas contains an anagram of the word Saga, so yours truly, being of a certain age, feels very much at home in these surroundings!

The Pavilion has a tented roof similar to The Mound Stand at Lords, and is flanked by the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Stand, and the Shane Warne Stand. The Nursery Ground backs up to the Colin Ingleby- Mackenzie Stand. Ingleby-MacKenzie played for Hampshire from 1951 until 1966, and was Captain from 1958 to 1965. Sadly he passed away in 2006.

ACD Ingleby-Mackenzie was an Old Etonian, and a well document gregarious character. There was an overworked cliché that he expected all his players to be in bed by breakfast time on the day of a match, and that stayed with him throughout his career. So did authentic stories of him asking Umpires to take to the field with a radio, so that he could be kept informed of the racing results.

The game has moved on much since those long ago days of the 1950s and 1960s. If there had been Strength and Conditioning Coaches, and Lifestyle Coaches back in the day, they would have had a challenge on their hands with ACD Ingleby-Mackenzie Esq, a real character of the game from yesteryear!

At the Nursery Ground the Arthur Holt Pavilion is at the top of a steep bank, behind the bowler’s arm, with the Ageas Bowl to our immediate left. The Scorers are facing north, towards the nearby M27, with the centre of Southampton immediately behind us. There are that many steps when exiting the pavilion, en route to the field of play, that an escalator may be in order. Arthur Holt played for Hampshire from 1935 until 1948, and became coach in 1949. He was coach of the 1961 Hampshire CCC Championship winning side. History seminar complete, on to today’s action.

Callum Parkinson, fit again following his thumb injury, captained the Second XI for their first match of the season, a 50 over SEF. Hampshire Skipper Chris Wood won the toss, and elected to bat. Leicestershire CCC named a very young side with seven members of the Academy included in the side. Academy members Jabari Darrell and James O’Kelly made their debut for the Second XI. Triallist Adam Barton was also making his debut. In contrast the Hampshire side included nine contracted players. Both sides fielded 12 players with each team nominating a ‘non batter’.

A cold, but sunny spring morning greeted the players when they took to the field, very much in contrast to yesterday’s dismal weather.

It was a tough baptism for many of County’s young side as Hampshire CCC cruised home by 211 runs. Hampshire CCC posted 394-9 from their 50 overs, Parkinson snapping up 4-50 from his allotted 10 overs. Aadil Ali (2-56) and Dieter Klein (2-61) gave good support. Nat Bowley 1-35 chipped in with the other wicket. In reply, Leicestershire CCC mustered 183 all out. Aadil top scored with 60 (55b, 7x4, 2x6).

Oliver Soames and Harry Came opened the innings for Hampshire CCC, and posted a 50 partnership from 6.3 overs. Came (26) went caught a short mid-wicket by Aadil off Klein, who took the wicket with his fourth ball after changing to bowling round the wicket.

Parkinson joined the attack for the 14th over, and with his first delivery bowled Aneurin Donald for 42 (21b). With the first ball of his next over the Bolton Battleaxe bowled Soames 51 (45b, 8x4/1x6) Also in this spell, Parkinson trapped Ian Holland in front (17, 27b).

Felix Organ (11) 15b was caught behind by keeper Harry Swindells off Nat Bowley. Organ not in tune with Bowley’s bowling, Hampshire CCC on 190-5 from 26.3. Then followed a tremendous partnership of 140 between Bradley Taylor and James Fuller for the sixth wicket. Taylor went to his 50 (3x4) from 64 balls with the score on 264-5 from 36.3. The very next ball Fuller posted his 50 (1x4, 5x6) from 30 balls. Their 100 partnership came up from 74 balls when the score reached 290-5 from 38.3 overs.

Their 150 alliance came from 104 deliveries. Taylor (86, 87b) was out from the next ball when the returning Parkinson trapped him lbw. In line with the chat show host of the same name, not the first time someone has had no answer to Parkinson. Tom Scriven (16, 13b) went lbw to Aadil, and three runs later George Metzger (2, 4b) was bowled by Klein.

Fuller went to an excellent 100 (62b, 5x4, 7x6) when the score reached 376 for eight from 48.3 overs. Aadil captured another wicket when he bowled Wood (5, 4b). Hampshire closed on 394-9 from their 50 overs. Fuller 109* (67b, 6x4/7x6) and Mason Crane 6*. I must make mention of ‘Golden Glove Man’ Swindells who kept very tidily conceding no bye’s in this very challenging total.

Prior to the Leicestershire reply, Yorkshire 1st X1, Joe Root et all, who are in action against Hampshire CCC tomorrow, commenced net practice at the far end of the Nursery Ground.

During the break between innings I was able to thaw out a little from the arctic conditions being experienced in the Scorers’ Suite. I felt as though I could have been auditioning for a part in the Walt Disney blockbuster Frozen. Swindells and Jack Nightingale opened up for County but Swindells (3) 6b was soon on his way feathering a delivery from Fuller down the leg-side to keeper Metzger.

Nightingale was looking on song, and was dealing admirably with the experienced opening attack. Aadil, meanwhile, was attacking the bowling with his trademark force and gusto. Nightingale (25, 29b) had little to sing about when he clipped Brad Wheal to Organ at cover. A commendable innings from the youngster.

Don Butchart (0, 2b) followed almost immediately afterwards, bowled by Wheal, Leicestershire CCC 59-3 from 11.2. Aadil went to his 50 (42b, 6x4, 2x6) when the score reached 98-3 from 17.4 overs. Parkinson (18, 31b) went caught by Crane off Fuller, and in the next over Aadil’s fine knock of 60 (55b, 7x4, 2x6) came to an end when he was caught in the deep by Soames off Crane. County on 120-5 from 20.4. Academy youngster Sam Bates came in for his first innings for the Second XI, and from the first delivery he received he swept England Test spinner Crane to the ropes.

Klein (10, 14b) was lbw to Crane. Shortly afterwards Bates (16, 24b) went caught in the deep by Fuller again off Crane. With no addition to the total, O’Kelly (1, 11b) picked out Organ off the bowling of Crane. Hampshire wrapped up the innings after a further 7.3 overs. Bowley (15, 19b) was caught by Donald off seamer Wood.

The last wicket to fall being that of Barton (3, 8b), bowled by Wheal. Leicestershire all out for 183 from 36 overs. Harry Funnell, however, keeping out of troubled waters with an undefeated run a ball 18. Hampshire winning by 211 runs.

A pleasure to score with Hampshire Second XI scorer Alan Mills, a staunch AFC Bournemouth fan, who is a regular at the Vitality Stadium, and who has visited many football grounds around the country. Sincere thanks to Chris, Dressing Room Attendant par excellence, for his regular visits every 20 minutes to enquire if hot or cold beverages were required.

Thanks to Shaun our Bus Driver for his excellent service. Last but by no means least sincere thanks to Dan ‘24/7’ Nice for turning out late into the night to open the gate at the Fischer County Ground for our coach to gain access.

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