Klein stars as Seconds share results with Northants

SECOND XI T20 | Leicestershire CCC v Northamptonshire CCC

RESULTS | Northamptonshire CCC (two points) won by 32 runs

Leicestershire CCC (two points) won by 18 runs

SCORECARD | Game 1 HERE, Game 2 HERE

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Northamptonshire CCC were the visitors to the FCG for matches seven and eight in Leicestershire CCC’s 2019 SET campaign. Results for the Foxes so far have been won two, lost four. A T20 game, fast and furious, as is the norm, will seem somewhat pedestrian after all the excitement and drama experienced in the CWC at Lord’s on Sunday.

Honours were even at the FCG today, both sides registering a victory each. In game one, Northamptonshire CCC got home by 32 runs. In Game two, Leicestershire CCC won by 18 runs.

It was a warm summer morning at the FCG with some 30 or so spectators present when play got underway.

Game 1

Arron Lilley skippered Leicestershire CCC, his opposite number Graeme White won the toss, and elected to bat. Northamptonshire CCC posted 174 for six from their allotted 20 overs. Highlights of the innings were a magnificent one-handed diving catch at short third man by Sam Bates to dismiss Charlie Thurston (13, 10b) off the bowling of Alex Evans.

Andrew Bramley (47, 41b) top-scored for Northamptonshire CCC. Ben Curran (33, 20b) and Tom Sole (29, 14b) provided the main support. Bramley and Sam Dutton posted a 61-run partnership for the third wicket, their 50 partnership off 33 balls.

Wicket-takers for Leicestershire were Dieter Klein 2-33 (4), Alex Evans 1-21 (2), Ateeq Javid 1-25 (4), Nat Bowley 1-26 (4), and Brinder Phagura 1-41 (4). 

Leicestershire CCC were never really up with the asking rate in their reply. Aadil Ali made a forceful 20 (11b) early in the innings. Don Butchart contributed 21 (17b) in the middle order. Klein made 39no off 29 balls towards the end of the innings.

The Foxes closed at 142 for eight from their 20 overs. Wicket-takers for Northamptonshire CCC were: Azharullah 3-36 (4), Nathan Buck 2-30 (4), Charlie White 1-4 (1.3), Ben Bhabra 1-17 (2.3) and Sole 1-31 (4). Charlie White had to leave the field after three balls of his second over as a result of an injury. Unfortunately he was unable to take any further part in the day’s play. Leicestershire CCC 0 points, Northamptonshire CCC 2 points.

Game 2

Leicestershire made one change to their side, Sam Evans replacing Ateeq Javid. Sam Bates took over wicket-keeping duties from Lewis Hill, who was deployed in the field. Northamptonshire CCC made three changes as Ben Claydon, Alex Wakely and Harry Bates coming in for the two Whites and Azharullah. Lilley again skippered County, won the toss, and chose to bat.

Leicestershire CCC were fast out of the blocks racing to 84 without loss after six overs. Aadil was striking the ball with the sweetest of timing, and posted a 50 partnership with his fellow opener, Sam Evans, from 23 balls.

Aadil went to his quickfire 50 (9x4,2x6) from the final ball of the sixth over in which he took four boundaries off Nathan Buck. Upon Sam Evans’ (31, 19b) departure with the score on 90 for one from 6.5 overs, the scoring rate slowed down somewhat.

Aadil (64, 42b) went after 12.3 overs with the score on 132-3. Hill (22, 13b) was a victim of one of four superb catches on the day, caught one handed at backward point by the diving Sole off the bowling of Claydon.

Another fine innings by Klein (43*, 21b) ensured a flurry of boundaries in the final six overs. Leicestershire CCC closed on 199 for five from their 20 overs. Wicket-takers for Northamptonshire were Claydon 3-27 (3) and Bramley 2-34 (4).

The Northamptonshire CCC reply revolved around a scintillating innings from Tom Sole who made 110 (10x4,9x6) from just 43 balls batting at number six. Northamptonshire were reeling on 26 for four from 5.3 overs when Sole came to the crease. He raced to his 50 (23b, 4x4, 4x6) and shared a 50 partnership from 18 balls with Adam King, who made just two runs in the alliance.

Subsequently Sole and King (4, 5b) added 75 for the seventh wicket from 27 balls. Sole reached his 100 (40b, 9x4, 8x6) with the score on 143 for six from 14.4 overs, leaving Northamptonshire CCC requiring a further 57 to win from 5.2 overs.

Sole departed with the score on 155 for eight from 15.4 overs. He was caught on the long-on boundary by Lewis Hill off Aadil. Hill taking the catch high above his head, and doing some dainty little steps, akin to a gardener carefully tip-toeing amongst some newly planted flower ensuring that he did not make contact with the boundary rope.

Hill took the catch directly in front of my vantage point; had DRS been required I could have confirmed that Hill’s feet made no contact with the boundary rope whatsoever. Sole, doing his best to batter the bowling, but Leicestershire were far from out of the frying pan into the fire upon his dismissal.

The last rites of the Northamptonshire innings were administered with the last ball when Harry Bates (11, 8b) was caught and bowled by Phagura. Northamptonshire CCC all out for 181, Leicestershire CCC winning by 18 runs.

Wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC: Phagura 2-20 (4), Bowley 2-30 (3), Alex Evans 2-34 (3), Lilley 2-39 (4), Aadil 1-26 (2) and Klein 1-31 (4). Leicestershire CCC 2 points, Northamptonshire CCC 0 points.

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