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Seconds build lead after Parkinson haul

Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire, Second XI Championship, Day 2


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire finished day two of their SEC in a commanding position against Nottinghamshire at the Notts Sports Ground. 

County dismissed Nottinghamshire in their first innings for 165, thanks to a fine pre and post lunch spell of bowling by Callum Parkinson. Parkinson was ably supported by Richard Jones, and Tom Wells. Dieter Klein also weighed in with a wicket. 

Leicestershire took a first innings lead of 163 runs, and built on this thanks to both a second innings 44 from Harry Dearden, and an unbroken partnership of 79 between Mark Pettini (38*) and Aadil Ali (39*) late in the day. 

We arrived at the ‘G’ as in NSG which is known locally as ‘The Old Boots Ground’, as in Boots the Chemist. I did not have to rearrange any furniture before play started, but following my experience of Monday I had packed a brown smock in my bag, just in case, so as to appear to look in some official capacity had I have been required to lug said furniture about. Thankfully lugging stuff about was off the agenda so I was able to have a leisurely perusal of the morning papers before play commenced.

Nottinghamshire resumed on 28-1 with Chris Gibson 18* and nightwatchman Matt Carter 0*. Carter had little oil left in his lamp, and his shift came to an abrupt end with the third ball of the morning, when he clipped Richard Jones to Neil Dexter at mid-wicket, would took a good one-handed catch above his head. 

Will Root joined Gibson, and the pair progressed the score to 40 before Gibson (19) went lbw to Dieter Klein operating from the Trent Bridge End. Tom Moores joined Root, and survived a confident appeal for a catch behind by keeper Harry Swindells off Jones, before getting off the mark. 

Root, when on 29, was put down at mid-wicket off the bowling of Will Fazackerley. Root and Moores brought up their 50 partnership from 93 deliveries after 28.1 overs, with the score at 93-3. Root went to his half-century (7x4) from 79 balls with the score at 117-3 from 34.4 overs. 

Them, 14 runs later Jones, steaming in from the Tennis Court End rattled one into Tom Moores stumps after he made 34. County then took a stranglehold on the game with the introduction of slow left arm spinner Parkinson at the Trent Bridge End. With the last delivery of his first over Parkinson bowled Root for 66. Root 66, you could not make it up, but we won’t go down that road. 

Nottinghamshire went into lunch at 137-5 from 43 overs. Immediately after lunch Parkinson and Tom Wells bowled superbly in tandem. They reduced Nottinghamshire to 146-9 from 54 overs, ripping out 5 wickets for 9 runs in 11 overs.

Like his namesake Michael, Parkinson was asking all the questions, but Nottinghamshire had no answers. Anuj Dal (3) was first to go, trapped lbw by the extremely parsimonious Parkinson. Liam Patterson- White (3) was snaffled at second slip by ‘evostik fingers’ Dearden off Wells. Brett Hutton (2) went caught at slip by Aadil Ali off Parkinson. 

At some point in the very distant future Parkinson may tell his grandchildren of the time he dismissed two England Captains in Root and Hutton. Time can play funny tricks with the memory, and people may think of Joe (Root) and Sir Leonard (Hutton), rather than Billy (Root) and Brett (Hutton). 

Matt Milnes (1) went lbw to Wells. Parkinson brought the show to an end when he had Ben Kitt (6) caught at slip by Aadil Ali. Nottinghamshire all out for 165, a lead of 163 runs for Leicestershire. Excellent figures from Parkinson 4-8 from 9.1 overs, splendidly supported by Wells 2-27 from 13 overs, and Jones 3-36 from 15 overs. 

Leicestershire had 20 overs to bat before tea. They went into tea at 69-1, losing the wicket of Paul Horton (11) caught at slip by Carter off paceman Kitt. Dearden and Dexter played some lovely shots in a partnership of 44 prior to tea.  

During the tea interval I had to respond to several text messages from friends who were enjoying the sunshine and hospitality in Madrid, prior to City’s Champions League game tomorrow night. I made the journey to Atletico Madrid for City’s UEFA Cup match in 1997, so have crossed that ground off. 

After tea Dearden and Dexter added just a further four runs before Dearden (44) was caught at slip by Carter off Milnes. Dexter (25) followed nine runs later, bowled by Milnes. Lewis Hill (4) was bowled by spinner Carter, by one that appeared to keep a bit low. I am sure Lewis found it a challenge not to whistle ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam when walking back to the pavilion. County on 92-4 from 30.4 overs. 

Pettini and Ali then built a strong mid-innings foundation to put County in the box seat. The pair’s 50 partnership came up from 96 balls with the score at 142-4 from 45.4 overs. Pettini was defending solidly, but keeping the scoreboard ticking over. 

I could picture a central defender with the name Pettini, and number six on the back of his shirt in a Champions League Quarter Final tie fulfilling a comparable role. No messing, just doing the job. Ali, who can give bowling ‘the treatment’ also played a very restrained and responsible role, perfectly complimenting Pettini. 

The pair took County into stumps at 171-4 from 52 overs, a lead of 334 runs. Pettini 38*, Ali 39*. Nottinghamshire 5 points, Leicestershire 8 points.