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SECOND XI CHAMPIONSHIP | Warwickshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC

SCORE | Warwickshire CCC 290 (Leicestershire CCC yet to reply)

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Following their SET20 games against Warwickshire CCC at Barnt Green CC yesterday, Leicestershire CCC travelled some 10 miles north for a SEC fixture against Warwickshire at the Edgbaston Foundation Sports Ground (EFSG).

In the 2019 SEC Leicestershire have won one and drawn two matches so far. At the EFSG the Scorers sit in a structure that would have the likes of Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock, Monty Don, and even the late Percy Thrower et al casting envious glances in our direction.

It’s a first for me today as my scoring companion is a 16-year-old young lady, Holly, who has come to the attention of the Warwickshire CCC Scoring Overlords as being extremely proficient, and is deputising for the Warwickshire Second XI Scorer for this game. I am therefore in Uncle Pete mode for the next three days! Holly’s mother Clair (without an E) is also alongside us, and duly made a telling impact on the day’s proceedings, which will be divulged as the day goes on.

Rain curtailed play with 28 overs being lost to the elements. Warwickshire were dismissed for 290, immediately after which tea was taken, but rain prevented any further play after tea.

Arron Lilley produced a fine spell of bowling picking up 3-24. Uday Modhwadia, making his SEC debut for Leicestershire, returned figures of 3-35. A satisfying performance by the young seamer. Daniel Mousley held the Warwickshire CCC innings together with 122, getting good support from half-centurion Alex Mellor.

Tom Taylor skippered Leicestershire called correctly, and asked Warwickshire to bat. The players took to the field under a cloudy sky, but it was reasonably warm. There was a sprinkling of some 20 or so spectators sitting on the steps at the City End of the ground.

Liam Banks and Mousley opened up for Warwickshire against an opening attack of Gavin Griffiths and Modhwadia. Young seamer Modhwadia struck in the fourth over of the morning, his second, when he had Banks (8, 12b) caught at cover by Arron Lilley. The writing being on the wall for Banksy. 

No.3 Alex Thomson joined Mousley, the score had progressed to 34 in the 11th over when Thomson (14, 25b) was trapped in front by Griffiths. There had been a couple of edges that had flown over the slip cordon to the boundary.

Sam Bates making a very impressive leap to try and snaffle one, unfortunately Snapper Supreme John Mallett was not at the ground to capture Bates doing one for the camera.  Michael Burgess (14, 21b) went when he swotted a short of a length ball to Ben Mike, at mid-wicket, off Academy seamer Andy Jones. Warwickshire CCC 68-3 off 18.4.

At this juncture Clair made her initial contribution to the day’s proceedings when she busily scampered off to get me a cup of coffee. A fine effort for her first cup of the day, but I have politely asked her to put a little less milk in my ensuing cups. Mellor joined Mousley, and the pair proved somewhat of a thorn in County’s side, adding 97 for the fourth wicket.

Opener Mousley went to his 50 (83b, 8x4) when the score reached 112-3 from 30.2 overs. Two balls later the 50 partnership came up between Mousley and Mellor. Warwickshire went into lunch on 126-3 from 33 overs, Mousley 51* and Mellor 34*.

In the ninth over after lunch, Mellor went to his 50 (71b, 9x4, 1x6), the score 157-3 from 41.1 overs. Mellor had not added to his score when he was caught by Aadil Ali at first slip off Modhwadia. Ed Pollock entered the fray, hit boundaries from the first two balls he received, and then next ball was caught behind by Harry Swindells of Modhwadia. Two wickets in an over for Modhwadia. Warwickshire CCC now 173-5 from 43.4 overs.

Clair then said she was nipping out to the shops, and returned with a Kit Kat and Mars Bar for yours truly, also asking if any form of beverage was required. This lady could go far. In making polite conversation with her I gleaned that she was an Accountant. However, Turf Accountants are the only accountants that I have in depth knowledge of.

Ethan Brookes joined the left-handed Mousley, the pair adding 42 for the sixth wicket. During their partnership Mousley went to his 100 (144b, 17x4) when he drilled Jones through mid-wicket to the ropes. Twelve overs later, Brookes (13, 28b) was beaten all ends up by Callum Parkinson, and comprehensively bowled.

Next to come in was Ben Griffin, who offered stubborn resistance alongside Mousley, adding 55 for the 7th wicket. Their 50-run alliance coming from 69 balls. Mousley’s time at the crease came to an end when he was stumped by Swindells off Lilley. A fine display of bail removal by The Swindler from an exquisitely flighted delivery from Lilley. Mousley 122 from 180 balls. Warwickshire CCC 270-7 from 67.1 overs.

Ollie Stone (2, 8b) went trapped in front by Parkinson, and without addition to the score Griffin (35) 62b went in the same manner to Lilley. Tea on the immediate horizon, and nine wickets down, we all know what that means. A further four overs were bowled, and then George Panayi (7, 14b) went caught by Swindells off Lilley. Warwickshire CCC 290 all out at 4.42pm.

As the players were leaving the field the slight drizzle that had been falling for a few minutes, became much heavier. Wicket takers for Leicestershire CCC were, Lilley 3-24 (9.2), Modhwadia 3-35 (9), Parkinson 2-80 (19), Jones 1-41 (10) and Griffiths 1-43 from 15.

During the tea interval, rain began to fall heavily. With no sign of the precipitation abating, play was abandoned for the day at 5.30pm. Warwickshire CCC 3 points, Leicestershire CCC 4 points.

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