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SECOND XI T20 | Durham CCC v Leicestershire CCC

RESULTS | Leicestershire CCC (two points) won by 2 wickets, Durham CCC (two points) won by 7 wickets

SCORECARD | Game 1 HERE, Game 2 HERE

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

South Northumberland CC played host to Durham CCC and Leicestershire CCC for today’s two SET20 matches. Leicestershire CCC’s record in the competition to date this season is won one and lost three.

The club South Northumberland CC were founded in 1864, in Gosforth, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and in their early days were known as Bulman Village CC. They moved to their present Roseworth Terrace ground in 1865, and changed their name to South Northumberland CC in 1882. The ground is situated some two-and-a-half miles north of Newcastle.

Honours were even in the two games played today, Leicestershire CCC winning game one by two wickets off the last ball of the match in a pulsating finish, Durham CCC easing home by seven wickets in game two with 8.3 overs to spare.

Upon arrival at South Northumberland CC I got into conversation with a gentleman (Ken) who takes pride in photographing all players of County Second XIs. He told me that he had albums of all such players dating back from 1980 to 1995, he then had some years off due to work commitments. He resumed his hobby in 2015, and is still going strong to date.

Ken tells me he has converted the attic in his house to store all his albums of photographs of Second XI cricketers, and browses through them over the winter months from time to time. He managed to photograph his ‘quarry’ of all the LCCC Second XI players here today, and subsequently asked me to tell him who they were from the photographs he had taken. John Mallett better keep on his toes, as he need not think he is the only one prowling round a boundary rope somewhere in the UK with a camera at the ready!

Former LCCC player Angus Robson was making his debut for Durham 2s today. Robbo spotted me before I spotted him, and we had a brief chat. Jacques du Toit also ex-LCCC plays his club cricket nowadays at this ground for South Northumberland CC.

Finally, before play got underway, Ken of photography fame asked me if I ever went to watch Leicester City. 20 minutes later, when he had the look of a rabbit in a car headlights, he told me that a former Newcastle United goalkeeper used to live in one of the houses backing onto the cricket ground at South Northumberland CC. I won’t mention the name of the keeper, but if you put the word bazaar after his surname you might guess who he was. Answers on a postcard please, but no entries accepted from editing overlord Dan Nice, as he will know the answer as he knows everything!

It was a bright sunny morning with a very respectable attendance for SET20 games. The scorers sit in an elevated position at long-on when bowling from the Pavilion End to a right hander. A superb panoramic view on hand as well.

Game 1

Ben Kitt and Brinder Phagura, both triallists, were making their debut for Leicestershire Second XI. Ben having featured for Nottinghamshire CCC in the past, and Brinder for Warwickshire CCC and Worcestershire CCC.

Arron Lilley skippered Leicestershire CCC, won the toss, and elected to bowl. Ryan Pringle captained Durham CCC. Leicestershire CCC restricted the hosts to 155 for five from their 20 overs. After 6.3 over’s of the Durham innings Michael Richardson had to have a runner after prolonged on-field treatment and discussion with the Durham Physio.

Durham CCC accumulated their runs thanks mainly to an undefeated partnership of 93 for the sixth wicket between Angus Robson (58*, 41b), and Michael Jones (34*, 26b). In addition to Robson’s LCCC connection, Jones had also featured for the Second XI in the past. Their 50 alliance came up from 41 balls.

Robson (6x4, 1x6) posted his 50 from 40 balls. Wicket-takers for Leicestershire were: Alex Evans 2-30 (3), Callum Parkinson 1-22 (4), Brinder Phagara 1-22 (2) and Dieter Klein 1-41 (4).

The Foxes found themselves on 84-5 after 14 overs, still requiring 72 to win from six overs. Ateeq Javid, who had dropped anchor to give his side a platform, and Aadil Ali (27, 18b) had been the major contributors to the total after 14 overs.

A total of 19 runs were taken off the 15th, of which Don Butchart contributed two fours and a maximum off the bowling of seamer Ross Greenwell. The 16th over only yielded three runs during which Butchart (25, 14b) was stumped by Stuart Poynter off leg-spinner Ben Whitehead.

It left 48 required from four overs with four wickets remaining. With the first ball of the 17th, Javid (37, 40b) was dismissed, caught by Whitehead off the bowling of Potts, the glue in the innings now having evaporated.

Phagara announced his arrival by depositing the second ball received for a maximum. Now 39 required from three. Pringle bowled the 18th, conceded four byes, a boundary, and two singles bowling to Phagara, Klein also taking two singles from the over. 27 required from 2.

The 19th over bowled by seamer Matthew Potts realised 7 runs, a boundary and two singles by Klein, and a single by Phagara. Whitehead was tasked with bowling the last over, up until which he had figures of three for 12 from three overs.

Leicestershire CCC needed 20 to win. First ball, maximum to long-on by Klein, second ball bowled for 15 (9b). The third ball was a six over square-leg by the left-handed Evans. Fourth ball, single by Evans. Fifth ball, boundary by Phagura. Last ball coming up - three required to win. Maximum over long-off by Phagura!

Three maximums in the last over by three different batsmen. Phew! Leicestershire CCC 159 for eight win by two wickets. Phagura 25* (12b), Evans 7* (2b). Wicket-takers for Durham CCC: Whitehead 4-35 (4), Potts 2-34 (4), Pringle 1-20 (3), Scott Steel 1-23 (3). Durham CCC 0 points, Leicestershire CCC 2 points.

Game 2

Hishaam Khan, a left arm seamer who was a member of last year’s LCCC Academy, replaced Kitt. Richardson was deemed unfit to play for Durham CCC following his injury in game one. He was replaced by Rory Hanley.

Lilley again skippered County, won the toss, and elected to bat. Pringle was again captaining Durham CCC. Leicestershire CCC were dismissed for 115 from 19.2 overs. The top-scorer was Butchart (28, 26b), closely followed by Klein (26, 17b). Wicket-takers for Durham CCC were Luke Doneathy 3-27 (3.2), Potts 2-11 (2), Steel 2-16 (3), Whitehead 2-21 (4) and Rory Hanley 1-9 (2).

Durham CCC chased down the target after just 11.3 overs, Harry Adair and Scott Steel posting an opening partnership of 90 from 8.1 overs. Their 50-run alliance came from 25 balls. Steel’s half-century (30b, 8x4, 1x6).

Steel (51) was bowled immediately afterwards by Parkinson. Lilley picked up two wickets late in the innings. He had Jones (8, 5b) caught at backward point by Parkinson, when attempting a reverse-sweep, and with Durham requiring two runs for victory Jones (7, 8b) was bowled.

Poynter (2*, 2b) hit the winning runs. Adair ended on 37* from 22 balls. Durham CCC 116 for three from 11.3 overs, winning by seven wickets. Wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC: Lilley 2-22 (2.3) and Parkinson 1-31 (4). Durham CCC 2 points, Leicestershire CCC 0 points.

The two teams now meet in a Second XI Championship game at the same venue.

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