Points shared after entertaining T20 games

RESULT | Second XI T20 v Warwickshire CCC at Loughborough Town CC

Game 1: Leicestershire Second XI (2 points) beat Warwickshire Second XI by 5 wickets

Game 2: Warwickshire Second XI (2 points) beat Leicestershire Second XI by 7 wickets



REPORT | By Pete Johnson


A little bit of administration before the report is filed today. Please note that the two T20 Friendlies, scheduled to be played against Lancashire CCC at Westhoughton CC next Tuesday (July 17) will now take place on Tuesday, August 7.

Leicestershire Second XI has recorded five wins from their opening six SET fixtures after honours were even against Warwickshire Second XI at Loughborough Town CC yesterday.

The day belonged to Aadil Ali, who scored a total of 163 runs off 96 deliveries over the course of the games, hitting 17 fours and a quartet of maximums.

Qualification for Finals Day requires a team to be in the top two at the conclusion of the group stage. Leicestershire Second XI currently sit third in the table with 10 points from 6 matches. Durham are top with 16 points from 10 games and Lancashire second with 14 from 8, so the Foxes have games in hand and is yet to face Durham.

The outfield at Park Road was looking very brown and fast, as do nearly all outfields in view of the current dry spell, combined with a burning sun.

There were a reasonable number of spectators present, the majority choosing to sit at the Shelthorpe End of the ground, with a small cluster of spectators choosing to observe proceedings at the Pavilion End.

I was delighted to see that Ray Medland, was one of the Umpires standing today. You may (or may not) recall that Ray always provides me with a bag of sweets before the start of play. Raymondo stepped up to the mark yet again delivering a bag to me for my exclusive consumption.

Ateeq Javid skippered County in both matches. It was good to see Rob Sayer returning to the side after a few weeks on the sidelines through an injury.

Game 1

Warwickshire CCC, skippered by Dominic Sibley won the toss and batted. Warwickshire CCC posted 191 from their 20 overs with Matt Lamb top-scoring with 80. The batsman's 50 came from 32 balls (3x4, 3x6) and his final innings stats were: 45b, 6x4, 5x6. In reply the Foxes posted 193 for six from 18.4 overs, winning by five wickets. Wicket-takers were: Hishaam Khan 2-20, Ben Mike 2-38, and Gavin Griffiths 2-48.

Three of the five catches taken by Aadil, who then made a sparkling 76 not out (47b, 9x4, 1x6), his 50 coming from 35 balls. Harry Swindells shared in a 50 partnership for the second wicket with Aadil, from 50 balls. Swindells, weighing in with 46 from 28 balls, was out stumped off a wide.

Charlie Lowen got the innings off to a blistering start, making 36 from just 16 balls with eight boundaries. I thought Charlie had a train to catch. I am not surprised that he elects for that mode of transport, looking at his car! Leicestershire CCC winning by five wickets with 1.2 overs remaining. Leicestershire CCC 2 points, Warwickshire CCC 0 points.

Game 2

Leicestershire CCC posted 195-6 from their 20 overs, Aadil again playing a major role weighing in with an undefeated 87 from 49 balls (8x4, 3x6), ably supported by Javid (56, 34b, 6x4, 2x6), who was unfortunately run out at the bowlers end when a fierce drive from Aadil brushed the bowler’s fingers. Aadil’s 50 coming from 31 balls (4x4, 2x6). His 87 was compiled from 49 deliveries (8x4, 3x6). Javid’s 50 arrived from 33 balls (6x4, 2x6).  Aadil and Javid added 83 for the third wicket.

Sibley, at the top of the innings, hit a fine undefeated 102 not out for the visitors in reply. His 50 coming from 30 balls (9x4), and his 100 from 55 balls (13x4, 3x6). Warwickshire CCC getting home by seven wickets with an over to spare. Wicket-takers for Leicestershire: Sayer 1-24, Khan 1-25 and Mike 1-34. Leicestershire CCC 0 points, Warwickshire CCC 2 points.

Some 14 balls were lost during the two matches in being dispatched out of the ground, so if anyone finds them, can we have our balls back please? 

Again sincere thanks to everyone at Loughborough Town CC for making us all most very welcome again. Special mention to Neeta, who was on duty in the pavilion all day, both organising the food and running the bar.

Also, not forgetting the Mighty Fin who came over from the Fischer County Ground to assist with ground duties, and who also did a great job securing the black sheeting to the sightscreens - and taking it down at the end of the day. Your hard work is very much appreciated. (Editor’s note: I’d like to echo those sentiments, thanks to everyone at Loughborough Town CC and also to our groundstaff for the continued support at Second XI fixtures).

* The two teams now meet in a Second XI Championship fixture at Kibworth CC over the next three days. The game starts at 11am and admission is free.