Seconds collect three points from Derbyshire matches
SECOND XI T20 | Leicestershire CCC v Derbyshire CCC
RESULTS | Leicestershire CCC (two points) won by 8 wickets
No result (1 point apiece)
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Derbyshire CCC were the visitors to the Fischer County Ground for the final two matches of Leicestershire CCC’s SET20 campaign for 2019. The Foxes picked up three points from the two games.
Leicestershire CCC were comfortable winners in the first game, getting home by eight wickets with five balls remaining. Derbyshire CCC were restricted to 154-9 with Ben Mike picking up 4-27 for Leicestershire.
Nick Welch (84*) played a scintillating innings for Leicestershire CCC, with fine support from Hassan Azad 43. In game two, Leicestershire CCC were on 86-6 from 13.4 overs when torrential rain resulted in play being abandoned.
There was a good sprinkling of spectators present scattered amongst the seating areas when the players took to the field beneath sunny skies.
Sam Evans skippered Leicestershire CCC, won the toss, and chose to field. Harvey Hosein captained Derbyshire. Hosein opened the batting and was the mainstay of the Derbyshire innings. Hosein (58) was the sixth batsman to be dismissed, the score on 114-6 from 15.3 overs.
Hosein was caught by Nick Welch, at long-on, an exquisite diving catch off the bowling of Ben Mike. Hosein’s 50 came from 41 balls (4x4/3x6). Tom Wood (14, 9b) and Anuj Dal (19, 16b) were the only other batsmen of the top eight to reach double figures.
Ben Hutchinson (19, 8b) and Alfie Gleadall (11, 8b) had little cameos at the end of the innings, taking Derbyshire CCC to 154-9.
Mike was the leading wicket-taker for Leicestershire with 4-27 from his allotted four overs. Nat Bowley 2-18 (4) and Brinder Phagura 2-26 (4) also gave creditable performances with the ball.
Ben Kitt 1-39 (4) was the other wicket taker. Kitt’s figures included a maiden, somewhat of a rarity in T20 cricket. In reply Leicestershire CCC chased down the target in controlled and measured fashion thanks to a partnership of 125 for the second wicket between Welch and Azad.
The pair posted a 50 partnership from 37 balls, the score on 64-1 from 8.3 overs. Welch went to his 50 off 38 balls (3x4, 3x6) when the score reached 88-1 from 11.4 overs. Their 100 partnership came up from 70 balls, the score on 114-1 from 14 overs.
Leicestershire CCC were within 16 runs of victory when Azad (43, 41b) was dismissed. Ateeq Javid (14*, 10b) was at the crease with Welch when Leicestershire reached their target from 19.1 overs closing on 155-2.
Welch played a truly dynamic innings making 84* from 59 balls. This following his red ball century for Leicestershire 2s against Northamptonshire 2s at Loughborough Town CC a couple of weeks ago. The solitary wicket-taker for Derbyshire CCC was Arthur Godsal with 2-25 (4). Leicestershire CCC 2 points, Derbyshire CCC 0 points.
Leicestershire CCC made two changes with Harry Swindells and Aadil Ali replacing Sam Bates and Javid. Swindells took over the wicket-keeping duties. Derbyshire CCC replaced Josh Lacey with Jack Redman.
Evans again skippered County, won the toss, and elected to bat. Only 13.4 overs of the Leicestershire CCC innings were possible before torrential rain put an end to play for the day. In that time Leicestershire CCC had made 86-6.
The two first innings main run scorers Welch (5, 3b) and Azad (0, 0b) both being run out. Aadil (23, 18b) and Evans (21*, 30b) had a brief flurry during the innings. Jack Nightingale (12, 13b) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
Wicket-takers for Derbyshire were: Godsal 2-17 (3), Hutchinson 1-15 (2) and Connor Marshall 1-19 (3). The sides taking a point each from the rain curtailed match.
Leicestershire having completed their SET20 campaign for 2019, their record being: Won 4, Lost 7, No Result 1. They do, however, have a SEFT20 next Wednesday against Yorkshire CCC at York CC and a further two matches at Durham CCC in September.