Aadil & Evans make half-centuries
Leicestershire v Glamorgan, Second XI Friendly (50-over)
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Leicestershire played host to Glamorgan in a one-day Second XI Friendly at Lutterworth CC. The contest took the form of a 50-over a side contest. Upon arriving at the Coventry Road home of Lutterworth CC, I was somewhat surprised to see that there was not a marble bust on the pavilion veranda of the Lutterworth Legend that is Lewis J Hill.
The Scorebox at Lutterworth CC is a little snug for two gentlemen of the fuller figure. Talk about getting a quart into a pint pot. One needs a shoe horn to get in, and a can opener to get out. That said from the outside, it has an appearance of an oversized Cuckoo Clock, but would not look out of place on the cover of a chocolate box. A quintessential looking haven of tranquillity.
With all the numbers having to be manually operated, it was a rather demanding experience, especially as you had to get up from your seat to operate the majority of them. Prior to the start of play Paul Rogers, the esteemed LCCC First XI scorer, carried out some essential housekeeping duties in said structure. A pleasure to behold a master craftsman at work, who had to bring a screwdriver into play.
Glamorgan recorded an emphatic 9-wicket victory, chasing down Leicestershire’s 254 all out, thanks to Nick Selman 112* and Owen Morgan 99. Aadil Ali and Sam Evans posted 68 and 69 respectively for County.
Paul Horton skippered Leicestershire, and his opposite number Aneurin Donald called correctly, and asked Leicestershire to bat.
The players took to the field in yet another cool, overcast day. There was a good sprinkling of spectators present as proceedings commenced. Glamorgan took the field in clothing, colour wise that would not have been out of place at the Ricoh Arena. They looked like Wasps. I do have a little - somewhat limited - knowledge of the oval ball game.
Aadil and Horton opened up, and brought up a 50 partnership after 13 overs. In the next over Horton (23) went stumped by Lorenzo Machado off the bowling of Owen Morgan. (Not THE Eoin Morgan, his Christian name has the Irish version of spelling).
Colin Ackermann joined Aadil at the crease. It was good to see Ackermann back out in the middle again, following his finger injury. Ackerman (13) went caught at wide long-on, by Selman, another victim for Morgan, County now 74-2 off 19.2.
Evans, who is on a Summer Contract, was making his seasonal debut for County, having previously been turning out for Loughborough MCCU. The pair brought the hundred up from 25 overs, and just afterwards Aadil went to his 50 (5x4/1x6) from 82 balls with the score on 110-2.
The pair then brought up their 50 partnership from 57 balls with the score on 126-2 from 28.3. In the next over Aadil launched spinner Andrew Salter for two consecutive huge straight maximums, Aadil certainly giving Salter a peppering.
At this juncture my colleague informed me that he was getting back and neck ache from pulling the strings to the numbers on his side of the box. Us Leicestershire blokes are made of stronger stuff, and I carried on manfully. Modesty forbids me from going into too much detail of my ‘in house’ heroics.
In the next over following his two consecutive maximums, Aadil (68) holed out to Sean Griffiths at deep square-leg, off the bowling of spinner Sam Pearce, County 133-3 from 29.3. Glamorgan would have been delighted with Ali’s wicket as he was threatening to take the game away from them.
Evans meanwhile was building a splendid innings, playing shots to all parts of the ground. Evans was either finding the ropes or taking singles. Callum Parkinson joined Evans but was run out going to the striker’s end when trying to take a (very) quick single. Parkinson’s legs going like bees wings, but unfortunately he was not able to beat the throw from Jack Murphy. Probably a PB over just the 21 yards from Parky.
Will Fazakerley partnered Evans and the pair added 64 for the sixth wicket. Evans went to his 50 (7x4) from 55 balls after 37.4. Fazakerley was keeping the scoreboard ticking over, offering good support to Evans. Their 50 alliance came up from 46 balls when the score had reached 182-4 from 40.1.
All-rounder Fazakerley (28) went caught at point by Ruaidhri Smith, who took a skier off the bowling of Kieran Bull. I am told Ruaidhri is pronounced Rory, and it is the Scottish way of spelling it. Jury’s out on that one.
Harry Swindells joined Sam Evans, and it was almost impossible to tell them apart from my vantage position, when they were at the cease. They looked identical from afar. Dressed the same, no numbers, same height, and stature.
Swindells took a liking to Salter, and in one over hit him for a big maximum, and three boundaries including a reverse sweep and an orthodox sweep. Swindells sweeping on a par with Robert Huth. Evans’ (69 from 72 balls) innings came to an end when he was caught by Smith, running in from long-on off Oliver Pringle. A fine knock from Evans who hit nine fours, the remainder of his 33 runs coming in singles. I really must get out more. County 231-6 off 45.3.
Swindells (22 from 16 balls) went caught by Pearce off seamer Pringle, leaving County on 238-7 from 47.2. Two further wickets subsequently falling in this over. Sykes (3) went caught by Bull off Pringle, and Ben Mike (1) went lbw to Pringle.
Ben Ladd-Gibbon (9*) and Dominic Manthorpe (3) added 14 for the last wicket before Manthorpe was run out from Pringle, who was bowling at the time. Ladd-Gibbon being denied the opportunity to show us some funky stuff. County all out for 254 from 49.2.
During the Leicestershire innings Henry Blofeld would have been in his element. There were buses of every colour busily travelling in both directions along the adjacent Coventry Road. All that was missing for Blowers was the odd pigeon or two, but we did have a squirrel pass in front of the scorebox.
Glamorgan got to within 46 of County’s total before losing a wicket. Selman and Morgan opened the innings, and details are as follows in chronological order:
The 50 partnership after 10.3,
The 100 partnership after 21.4,
Morgan 50 (5x4,3x6) from 64 balls with the score on 105 from 22.1,
Selman 50 (4x4) from 84 balls with the score on 119 from 26.1,
150 partnership after 32.5. 200 partnership after 40.2.
When the score had reached 208, Morgan (99) was caught behind by keeper Swindells off Manthorpe. A deserved wicket for Manthorpe who bowled his 10 overs for just 34 runs.
Donald joined Selman, and certainly did not duck the issue. Selman went to his 100 (7x4,1x6) from 141 balls when the score had reached 220-1 from 44 overs. With the scores level Donald (35 from 21 balls) launched a huge maximum to win the match for Glamorgan by 9 wickets.
Special mention though to Ladd-Gibbon, who went for just 13 from 5 overs, having played against County earlier in the season for Loughborough MCCU. Glamorgan winning this one-day friendly by nine wickets.
Upon finishing my duties there was not one part of me that did not ache. I must have been up and down more times than a lift in the highest building on Canary Wharf. I had not got the strength for a warm down after the game, and Simon ‘The Phys’ was nowhere to be seen. Leicestershire Second XI play at Lutterworth again next Monday. I might have to throw a sickie... Only joking, it all comes with the territory, and LCCC are most grateful for you accommodating us.
Thanks to Lutterworth CC for hosting the game. Sincere thanks to Dave for his work on the ground, and to Katherine for preparing the food.