Nixon talks on Durham defeat

Leicestershire CCC’s run of draws came to an end with defeat at the Fischer County Ground at the hands of Durham CCC.

The Foxes started well by bowling the Durham CCC batting line-up out for a 117 in the first innings and after posting a 95-run lead in their innings looked on course to earn their second win of the season.

Yet, a classy 109-run second innings from Durham CCC captain Cameron Bancroft spearheaded the northerner’s revival and laid the foundations for a comeback win which lifted the visitors off the bottom of the table.

Leicestershire Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke to Foxes TV after the game. He said: “It is a tough result to take.

“Durham did the basics for long periods of time and we are very frustrated after bowling and catching so well in the first innings – 117 all out on a good pitch.

“Then, to not have that 150 to 200 run lead really harmed us in the game – if only we could have found a few more runs there and did the basics for longer periods of time but we lost too many guys in clumps.”

Nixon felt that Durham’s Australian captain was the difference between the two teams over the course of the four days, and especially the second innings.

He said: “Cameron Bancroft – he has had his critics over the last 12 months or so – but as a cricketer he has been exceptional. I think he was the difference between the two teams.

“The way he got across to his off stump and played so well, played so freely and the way he drove made it very difficult for our guys to group the ball in an area.

“Everybody else played around him and that match-winning hundred put them in a good place.”

Chris Wright played a pivotal part in the first innings for Leicestershire after claiming his maiden first-class five-for for the Foxes ending with figures of 13-5-30-5.

Nixon was delighted for Wright, who has been a key figure in Leicestershire’s bowling attack all season. He said: “We knew it was a matter of time, he is a class act.

“He bowled beautifully without much luck away at Northamptonshire the other week. He beat the bat several times an over and he also had a lot of catches dropped.

“We knew what we had signed – a groove machine. His runs have also been an addition as well.

“He fits in the in the dressing room brilliantly, he is a great pro and always has great advice for everybody else. I am delighted for him.”

Leicestershire CCC now turn their attention towards Gloucestershire CCC, as they make the trip to Cheltenham on Monday (July 15) before the 2019 Vitality Blast campaign gets underway.

Nixon spoke about the upcoming fixture. He said: “They are coming off a loss against Middlesex so they will be hurting, and they go to their outground as it's the Cheltenham festival.

“It is generally a good cricket pitch and a place where you can score runs. Spinners can often come into the game as well so that is something that we have to look at with the squad."