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SECOND XI T20 FRIENDLY | Nottinghamshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC

RESULTS | Nottinghamshire CCC won by 6 wickets and 48 runs respectively

SCORECARD | Game 1 HERE, Game 2 HERE

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire CCC visited Nottinghamshire CCC for a recently arranged SEFT20. The match being played at Notts Sports Club, in the Lady Bay/West Bridgford area of Nottingham. As is the usual format for Second XI T20 matches, two games are played on the day.

Nottinghamshire CCC recorded two comfortable victories, winning game one by six wickets, and game two by 48 runs. The standout performance of the day for Leicestershire CCC was by Harry Swindells (67) out of a total of 114 in game two. In the same match Nottinghamshire CCC off-spinner Matt Carter returned figures of 4-2-5-5.

It was a warm sunny day in Nottingham, and there were some 35 or so spectators present when play commenced, including some very familiar faces who had travelled over from Leicestershire.

19-year-old Nick Green, a left-handed batsman who is a member of the Leicestershire Sub Academy, was making his Second XI debut.

GAME 1

Ateeq Javid skippered Leicestershire CCC, his opposite number Jake Libby won the toss and chose to bowl. Leicestershire posted 150-6 from their allotted 20 overs. Javid, batting in the middle order, (40, 33b) was top scorer.

Opener Harry Swindells (36, 34b) gave good support at the top of the innings, and shared a 50 partnership (39 balls) with Javid. The only other batsmen to reach double figures were Don Butchart (25*, 20b) and Aadil Ali (21, 10b).

Wicket-takers for Nottinghamshire CCC were: Liam Patterson-White 2-24 (4), Zak Chappell 2-42 (4), and Matt Carter 1-24 (4). Nottinghamshire CCC chased down the total in 17.1 overs, winning by six wickets.

In the main this was thanks to a partnership of 87 for the second wicket between Joe Clarke and Jake Libby. The posted their 50 partnership from 26 balls. Clarke subsequently went on to make 52 (31b), and Libby 33 (26b). Clarke’s 50 (27b, 6x4, 2x6). Will Davis capturing 3-47 (4). The other wicket-taker was Javid 1-23 (3.1).

Game 2

Both sides made a number of changes. Sam Bates, Alex Evans, and Jack Nightingale came in for Leicestershire replacing Nat Bowley, Don Butchart, and Ben Kitt. Bates took over the gloves from Swindells, who patrolled the outfield.

Saad Asraf, Jack Blatherwick, Solomon Budinger, Jack Potticary, Adeel Shafique, and Ben Slater replaced Chris Nash, Joe Clarke, Jake Libby, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher and Tom Moores for Nottinghamshire. Shafique took over the gloves from Moores, who stepped down for the game.

Javid again skippered Leicestershire CCC. Lyndon James captained Nottinghamshire CCC, won the toss, and chose to bat. Brinder Phagura picked up a couple of early wickets reducing Nottinghamshire CCC to 22-2 after four overs.

Budinger and James then posted a 50 partnership from 26 balls. The pair adding 59 for the third wicket. Budinger subsequently went to his 50 (30b, 2x4, 5x6). Budinger (74, 42b) was eventually expertly caught by Nightingale on the deep mid-wicket boundary off Phagura.

Nightingale, millimetres in front of the rope, flipped the ball up in the air with both hands, momentum took him outside the boundary, he then returned to the field of play to catch the ball on its way down. Very dainty footwork from the big fella.

Nottinghamshire CCC 162 all out from 19.1. Aadil Ali picked up 4-30 (4). Phagura weighed in with 3-23 (4), Javid 1-28 (4), Davis 1-30 (3.1), and Alex Evans 1-51 (4). Swindells (67) was the only batsman to reach double figures.

Swindells all but took on the Nottinghamshire CCC bowling single-handedly, going to his 50 (7x4, 1x6) from 33 balls. The score was on 82-6 from 12.4 overs when Swindells reached his 50, reflecting the major contribution he made to the innings.  

After he had reached his 50, Swindells dispatched Zak Chappell for boundaries from three consecutive balls. Swindells (67, 41b) was finally caught on the long-off boundary by Slater off the bowling of Chris Gibson. Upon the dismissal of Swindells, who opened the innings, Leicestershire CCC were 104-8 (15.2).

Leicestershire CCC’s innings closed on 114 from 17 overs. Matt Carter returned exemplary figures for Nottinghamshire CCC. He bowled two spells. His first spell was 2-2-0-3, and his second spell 2-0-3-2. Innings figures of 4-2-5-5 for the tall off spinner. Other wicket takers for Nottinghamshire were: Gibson 2-17 (3), Liam Patterson-White 1-22 (4), and Jack Blatherwick 1-28 (3).

No points at stake today as it was a SEFT20.

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