Wells takes six for Seconds
Leicestershire v Lancashire, Second XI Trophy
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Leicestershire took on Lancashire at Leicester Road, Hinckley, home to Hinckley Town/CCA in a SET match on Wednesday.
Lancashire won the contest by 137 runs. Lancashire won the toss, batted, as there were only five degrees of frost in the pitch, and patches of ice were not on a length!
They posted 246-8 from their allocation of 50 overs. Opener Rob Jones making 66, and middle order batsman Sam Oldham 76 not out. Tom Wells posted his competition best bowling figures for Leicestershire of 6-53.
George Burrows ripped the heart out of the County innings of 109 with 7-36. Cameron Delport, however, made an impressive 61.
An unseasonal very cold late April morning greeted the players as they took to the field. The wind chill factor made the temperature feel like sub zero. Jones and Callum Turner opened up for Lancashire and had added 49 for the first wicket when Turner (34) was caught at the wicket by Lewis Hill off the bowling of Wells, who was operating from the Football Stand End.
Josh Bohannon joined Jones, and the score had reached 76 when Bohannon (5) went caught at mid-wicket by Aadil Ali, again off Wells. With his next delivery Wells pinned Danny Lamb (0) in front first ball. Lamb had little spring in his step as he returned to the pavilion, two wickets falling with the score on 76. The local Hinckley Trombone Society were really puffing their cheeks out.
With a further six runs added to the total Brooke Guest (0) was bowled by Wells, Lancashire in a bit of trouble on 82-4 from 19.4 overs. Lancashire then rebuilt their innings thanks to a partnership between Jones and Oldham.
Jones half-century came up (7x4) from 51 balls with the same delivery that Lancashire reached their 100 after 23.4 overs. Jones and Oldham built a 50 partnership from 86 balls. When the score had reached 134, the durable Jones departed caught by ‘keeper Hill off Neil Dexter, Lancashire 134-5 from 34.3. George Lavelle (1) went bowled by Rob Sayer, leaving the Red Rose men on 139-6 from 37.1.
Skipper Simon Kerrigan joined Oldham and the pair began to have a dart at the bowling. They brought up their 50 partnership from 47 balls with the score on 190-6 from 44.4. Oldham went to his 50 (5x4) from 72 balls with the score on 196-6 from 45.4. The pair had added 82 for the seventh wicket when Kerrigan (42 from 32 balls) went caught at extra cover by Dexter off Wells, giving Wells a 5-for.
Matty McKiernan (8) went to an excellent catch by Dexter, again at extra cover off the bowling of Wells. Lancashire ending on 246-8 from their 50 overs, Wells returning his competition best figures of 6-53 from 10 overs. Sam Oldham was undefeated on 76 from 83 balls, a somewhat athletic knock from Oldham.
For the day’s play, the Scoreboard operator at Hinckley Town/CCA was again accompanied by his dog, a Blue Brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier, he informed me. He gave the morose mutt regular drinks of water, from an industrial sized bowl, at regular intervals.
As the thirsty hound feverishly lapped the water up, my Lancashire scoring colleague and I were treated to a foot spa. I must remember to wear wellingtons the next time we play at Hinckley. I cannot imagine other scoring lynchpins having to operate with canine creatures sniffing around their feet and lower body. They really would struggle to complete their Manhattans, Wagon Wheels, and Worms.
During the break between innings Armageddon arrived with ominous clouds overhead depositing snow and hail on the ground. It was akin to being on the set of The Tempest.
The weather had cleared by the appointed restart time and Aadil Ali and Cameron Delport opened up for County. They rattled up a 50 partnership from 58 balls but that was the end of any prospective ascendency for County.
Ali (20) got a leading edge and one popped up to Jones at mid-wicket off the first ball bowled by Burrows, who was steaming in from the Pavilion End, County 52-1 from 10.1.
Dexter (0) went caught and bowled by Josh Bohannon with six runs added to the score, and seven runs later, Mark Cosgrove (1) chopped one on from Burrows, County 65-3 from 12.1.
Opener Delport was finding the boundary regularly and hitting the ball with power and venom. Delport went to his 50 (7x4,1x6) from 40 balls with the score on 80-3 from 14.1. Delport (61 from 47 balls) went caught at mid-wicket, from a ball that appeared to stop on him, by Kerrigan off Burrows, County 92-4 from 16.1.
That became 92-5 when Tom Wells (0) went first ball, bowled by Burrows. Just afterwards the players left the field for rain/hail with the score on 94-5 from 17 overs. 37 minutes were lost, but no overs lost, as the Lancashire innings finished early, and additionally there were a further 30 minutes ‘to play with’.
Lancashire then wrapped the innings up in just four overs, Sayer (1) went caught behind, down the leg side, by Lavelle off Lamb. Hill (10) went caught on the deep mid wicket boundary by Brooke Guest off Burrows.
Gavin Griffiths (0) was ‘barking up the wrong tree’, and went first ball, bowled, by Burrows, and birthday boy James Sykes had all his candles blown out when he was trapped in front first ball, and sent walkies by umpire Nick Cook.
Richard Jones was unable to bat so County effectively all out for 109 from 21 overs. George Burrows returning very impressive figures of 7-36 from six overs. Lancashire winning by 137 runs, Leicestershire 0 points, Lancashire 2 points.
Thank you to Hinckley Town/CCA for hosting the game. Thanks to Barry, John and Callum for their work on the wicket. Thanks to Lorraine and Mary for the Catering, and finally thanks to Graham, the male equivalent of Barbara Woodhouse, for operating the scoreboard. It’s a dog’s life this scoring lark!
Last, but by no means least, sincere thanks to all spectators that came along today, and braved the extremely cold conditions to sit at the boundary’s edge. It reminded me very much of going to the coast, and setting your stall out to sit on the beach, whatever the weather. I hope you have all thawed out by now.