Seconds begin reply to Durham after day one washout

SECOND XI CHAMPIONSHIP | Durham CCC v Leicestershire CCC

SCORE | Durham CCC 333 for eight declared v Leicestershire CCC 68 for none (no play on day one)

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

It was back to South Northumberland CC for Leicestershire Second XI for the sixth match of their SEC 2019 campaign.

Leicestershire Second XI currently sit top of the SEC Northern Group, and have three matches remaining. You could throw a blanket over the top five: Leicestershire CCC 67 points, Nottinghamshire CCC 66 points, Lancashire CCC 65 points, Yorkshire CCC 64 points, Durham CCC 64 points. Leicestershire CCC have a game in hand over Nottinghamshire CCC and Durham CCC.

Just as the umpires were walking towards the middle for the 10.30am toss on day one, rain began to fall. An early lunch was taken at 12.45pm, after which several Inspections, all with light rain in the air, were carried out by the umpires.

An early tea was taken at 3.30pm. Another inspection was carried out immediately after tea, and play was subsequently abandoned for the day. After an early lunch, and an early tea, I reckon I will have an early night to keep things consistent.

We arrived at South Northumberland CC for day two, greeted by a bright sunny morning. The groundstaff were busily removing all the sheeting that had protected the square area after the rain that had fallen the previous day, and during the night. The umpires confirmed that play would get underway on time.

Durham CCC batted first and posted 333 for eight declared, thanks to Ryan Pringle (122). Leicestershire CCC were eyeing maximum bowling points when Durham CCC were on 176 for seven from 53.3 overs but a partnership of 148 for the eighth wicket between Pringle and Luke Doneathy (79*) proved a stumbling block.

Left arm seamers Hishaam Khan (3-35 from 12) and Dieter Klein (3-66 from 18) were the most successful bowlers for Leicestershire CCC. County had 18 overs to bat at the end of the day, Ateeq Javid (40*) and Sam Evans (20*) seeing the Foxes safely into stumps on 68-0, trailing by 265 runs.

Arron Lilley again skippered Leicestershire CCC, his opposite number being Pringle, who won the toss and chose to bat. It was a lovely sunny morning with just a sprinkling of spectators present. Angus Robson and Cameron Steel opened up for Durham CCC against an opening attack of Klein and Alex Evans. Steel when on 1* was put down in the gully off Klein.

Robson and Steel posted a 50 partnership after 15.4 overs. During their partnership a party of pupils from The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, all immaculately attired in purple tracksuits, with creases in the trousers, turned up for a net at the Newcastle Cricket Centre which is at the Pavilion End of the ground.

Khan replaced Klein at the Scoreboard End, and from the last ball of his 4th over Robson (26, 58b) shouldered arms to one, and was gone lbw. Durham 62-1 from 21 overs. Michael Jones joined Steel, and was put down at slip off the bowling of Brinder Phagura when on 1*.

They stayed together for 6.1 overs, and then Steel (34, 94b) was run out when he hit Phagura to the deep square-leg area, Klein swooped on the ball, arrowed it in to the keeper, and Steel was run out when going for a second run. Harry Swindells did a telling demolition job on the stumps, all three of them lying flat on the ground after they had received his undivided attention. Nothing like being sure, the late Fred Dibnah would have been proud of the demolition job executed with relish by The Swindler.

Pringle joined Jones, and the pair took Durham into Lunch on 101-2 from 32. Jones 6* Pringle 17*. During the morning session I learned that Ken (remember him from Monday of Photography fame?) had put the wrong shutter on his camera for the SET20 matches on Monday, and all the action photographs he had taken were blurred. John Mallett is under no pressure whatsoever.

Also, during the morning session it came to my attention that the Durham scorer’s surname was Maddison, for our game against Worcestershire last week the Worcestershire Scorers surname was Drinkwater. A bit of an LCFC midfield past and present appearing. Just need (Garry) Morgan the Lancashire Second XI scorer now for centre-half duties.

Khan opened the attack after Lunch, and had a good spell picking up 2-18 from six. Jones (6, 34b) went lbw to Khan, Durham now at 101-3 from 34.2 overs. Stuart Poynter (15, 22b) was bowled by Khan, who had gone to bowling round the wicket. A good spell from Khan.

Pringle took a couple of boundaries through third man off Klein, and a further four that flew through the slips off Parkinson. Scott Steel (5, 16b) went trapped in front by Klein, Durham CCC 149-5 from 45. Pringle went to his 50 (72b, 9x4) after 50.1 overs.

Next ball Solomon Bell (0) 12b was caught behind by Swindells off the hard-working Klein. Bell not ringing, and unable to get off the mark, Ding Dong Dieter!! Durham 165-6 from 50.2 overs. Matthew Potts joined Pringle and went caught & bowled by Parkinson for 5 (11b). Potts unable to pan Parky. Durham CCC struggling at 176 for seven from 53.3 overs.

Then followed a partnership of 148 between the Pringle and Durham Academy prospect Luke Doneathy. The pair posted a 50 partnership from 69 balls, when the score reached 230-7 from 65. Durham went into Tea on 254-7 from 72. Pringle 91* Doneathy 39*. Just before tea, for some five minutes or so, a police helicopter was hovering above the ground, and then flew a few miles to the south to hover over the Jesmond area.

In the third over after tea Doneathy went to his 50 (91b, 8x4). The 100 partnership came up between the pair after 75.5 overs, and Pringle went to his 100 (124b, 12x4, 2x6) when the score reached 290-7 from 78.3 overs.

Leicestershire CCC took the new ball immediately it was due, and had success in the third over with it. Pringle (122, 140b) went caught at long-on by Ben Kitt off Klein. Kitt being very alert and not ‘cat-napping’ on the boundary (I have been itching to get a bar of chocolate out of his name all day!).

An aggressive, and supportive innings by Pringle, who had already faced 79 balls when Doneathy came to the crease. The Durham skipper faced just a further 61 balls in the 148 partnership. Doneathy had faced 118 balls when Pringle was out, just four balls fewer than his skipper. I won’t mention crisp shots or Pringle having a dip at the bowling as we have been there before.

Soon afterwards Durham CCC declared their innings on 333 for eight from 84 overss at 5.30pm. Doneathy 79* (123b), George Harding 3* (3b). Doneathy posting his highest SEC score to date. Wicket-takers for Leicestershire: Khan 3-35 from 12, Klein 3-66 from 18, Parkinson 1-61 from 16.

Throughout the Durham CCC innings there had been a number of their players cars parked at the Scoreboard End of the ground, some distance behind the boundary rope. It was perhaps fortunate that none of the Leicestershire bowlers had attended one of Dan Nice’s exclusive one to one bowling clinics, at which he gives personal tuition. If they had have done so the glasswork, and body work of the cars would have been under severe threat. (Editor’s note: one for the over Pete! To be fair the shops on Gosforth High Street would have been more in danger had I been bowling…)

Leicestershire CCC had a tricky 18 overs to bat, but Javid and Evans looked very comfortable against the Durham attack, and did not offer a chance. Javid played five excellent cover drives that went to the ropes, and Evans weighed in with a couple in the same area as well.

Evans also played out two maidens from spinner George Harding with an array of close fielders in his presence. Leicestershire CCC went into stumps on 68-0 from 18. Javid 40* (52b), Evans 20* (59b). Durham CCC 4 points, Leicestershire CCC 3 points

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