Impressive India A land FCG victory

RESULT | List A game: Leicestershire Foxes 177 lost to India A 458 for 4 by 281 runs

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REPORT | India A produced a strong all-round performance to win the tourist List A match against Leicestershire Foxes at the Fischer County Ground.

Privti Shaw and Mayank Agarwal scored centuries and Shubnam Gill posted 86 as India A posted their highest List A score of 458 for 4.

It was a day for impressive scoring as England also notched their best 50-over score, racking up 481 for 6 against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Although it was tough going for the Foxes, there were some nice moments, including wickets for debutants James Dickinson and Harry Funnell. In reply, skipper Tom Wells top-scored with 62 as Leicestershire Foxes made 177.

The Leicestershire side contained four Academy graduates and four members currently on the Academy. There were five players making their list A debuts in Dickinson, Funnell, Sam Evans, Ben Mike and Don Butchart.

India A was captained by Shreyas Iyer, who has made six ODI and IT20 appearances. They won the toss and elected to bat, and Shaw and Agarwal opened the batting. The latter started positively, taking 12 off the second over.

Richard Jones opened the bowling with Mike and constantly looked threatening in getting the ball to swing at good pace.

The opening pair scored quickly and reached their fifty partnership in the sixth over. The introduction of spin once the powerplay ended saw the run rate stemmed. Dickinson, a young leg-spinner who has played for Scotland under 19s, conceded just four runs off his first over.

Shaw was the first of the openers to reach 50, his landmark coming from 41 balls and included 11 boundaries. The opener had added seven runs to his score when he and Agarwal reached their century partnership in just the 13th over. Agarwal joined Shaw at the landmark from 40 balls (10x4, 1x6)

A century was posted by Shaw (77 balls, 15x4 & 2x6) with a cover drive off Dickinson. Shaw’s innings was then ended by Ateeq Javid at 132; the opener tried to give himself room to hit over the off-side but misjudged the flight, and was bowled.

Agarwal followed Shaw to his hundred from 85 balls (13x4, 2x6). The batsman had been joined by Gill, who was in aggressive form from the outset. Agarwal retired upon reaching 151 (106 balls, 18x4, 5x6) while Gill took maximums off four consecutive deliveries in the 42nd over.

Two batsmen fell in the space of as many overs as Dickinson took his first Foxes scalp by having Rishabh Pant (13) caught by Aadil at long-off.

Javid got his second victim as Gill’s entertaining knock came to an end, the batsman departing for 86 from 54 balls (7x4, 5x6). Harry Dearden made a tough catch look straightforward at long-off.

Iyer and Deepak Hooda added 46 in just under five overs before Iyer departed as Funnell took his opening wicket for the Foxes. Dearden took another good catch, running in from long-on to take a high ball with ease. The wicket was part of an impressive penultimate over of the innings by Funnell, who mixed his pace well in conceding only four runs.

The two Harrys opened up for the Foxes and got off to a solid start with both hitting boundaries through the cover region and collecting singles when the opportunity arose.

Dearden (31, 46b) hit a brace of fours in quick succession but lost his partner with the score on 44. Swindells (28, 25b) had hit Prasidh Krishna for four over his head and then gave himself room next ball and cut him over point for six. He tried the same shot but was bowled.

Javid (0, 2b) joined Dearden but edged left arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed to Mayank Agarwal at first slip. Aadil (5, 5b) was then dismissed by off-spinner Hooda; the spinner pushed a delivery wider with wicket-keeper Pant taking off the bails.

Dearden and Wells added 21 with the left-hander spending some valuable time in the middle against quality bowling before tomorrow’s Specsavers County Championship fixture against Middlesex. The left-hander was the next wicket to fall, looking to reverse sweep Hooda but lobbing the ball up to Gill.

A partnership of 33 followed between Wells and Evans. Wells moved the ball nicely and accumulated plenty of singles while Evans (20, 28b) dealt mainly in boundaries before being trapped lbw on the back foot to Axar Patel.

Wells became top-scorer in the Leicestershire innings as he surpassed Dearden’s 31 with a lofted cover drive, and passed 50 from 78 balls (3x4, 2x6) as a single was added to by four overthrows.

Academy duo Mike (10, 18b) and Butchart (12, 16b) added useful runs before falling to Krishna and Patel respectively, and Deepak Chahar finished the innings off. Jones (1, 8b) and Dickinson (0, 1b) were bowled while Wells (62, 93b) chipped to mid-off inbetween those strikes.

TEAM | Dearden, Swindells (wk), Javid, Aadil, Wells (capt), Evans, Mike, Jones, Butchart, Dickinson, Funnell.

PHOTO | Thanks to Ed Melia for the photo of Tom Wells batting.

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