Seconds lose out to Notts
SECOND XI T20 | Leicestershire CCC v Nottinghamshire CCC
RESULTS | Nottinghamshire CCC (two points) won by 9 wickets (DLS method)
Nottinghamshire CCC (two points) won by 46 runs
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Nottinghamshire CCC were the visitors to the Fischer County Ground for the second round of fixtures of Leicestershire CCC’s 2019 SET20 campaign. The format of the competition is that two matches are played in the day. Leicestershire CCC went into Monday with a 50% record – one win and one loss.
The visitors registered two somewhat comfortable victories. In game one they won by nine wickets, chasing a revised target under DLS after rain had intervened during the break between innings. In game two, Nottinghamshire CCC got home by 46 runs.
There were some 30 spectators present when the players took to the field on a dull overcast morning with rain being forecast during the first game.
Arron Lilley skippered County, his opposite number Lyndon James called correctly, and elected to bowl. Leicestershire posted 163 for six from their allotted 20 overs.
Skipper Lilley batting at No.3, blasted 30 (3x4, 2x6) from 13 balls before falling to a superb diving catch at backward point by Jake Libby off the bowling of Jack Blatherwick.
The other notable contributions with the bat came from Aadil Ali (37, 32b, 4x4) and an excellent undefeated 41 (7x4) from 26 balls from Academy all-rounder Don Butchart.
Wicket-takers for Nottinghamshire were: Mark Footitt 2-30 (4), Matt Carter 1-16 (4), Luke Wood 1-27 (3), Liam Patterson-White 1-31 (4) and Blatherwick 1-36 (3).
Rain began to fall during the break between innings and the players were unable to return to the field until 1.28pm. DLS came into the equation, and Nottinghamshire’s revised target was 112 to win from 12 overs.
James went caught by Lilley off Ben Mike, the score 18-1 off 2.5 overs. Fellow opener Solomon Budinger and Jake Libby ensured that Nottinghamshire CCC suffered no further alarms. The pair posted a 50 partnership from 26 balls to break down the chase.
Budinger subsequently went to his 50 (26b, 6x4, 3x6). Nottinghamshire CCC reached their target after 10.1 overs, closing at 114 for one. Budinger played the match-defining innings of 71* off only 35 deliveries (8x4, 3x6). Libby ended on 27* (15b, 4x4).
The solitary wicket-taker for Leicestershire CCC was Mike with 1-31 (3). Nottinghamshire CCC winning by nine wickets. Leicestershire CCC 0 points, Nottinghamshire CCC 2 points.
Lilley again skippered Leicestershire, and James called correctly once again, this time opting to bat first. The Foxes made one change for game two. Ajay Khunti, a young left-handed batsman who plays his cricket locally, replacing seamer Andrew Jones.
Sam Bates took over wicket-keeping duties from Harry Swindells, who was deployed in the field. Nottinghamshire made two changes with Nick Kimber and Jordan Cook replacing Footitt and Sam Hall. Budinger took over wicket-keeping duties in place of Hall.
Nottinghamshire CCC made 177 for five from their 20 overs. Top scorer was Libby with 60 (33b, 9x4) Libby shared in a partnership of 57 with Patterson-White for the fourth wicket. Their 50-run alliance came from 32 deliveries.
Wicket-takers for Leicestershire were: Nat Bowley 2-27 (4), Alex Evans 2-40 (4) and Ateeq Javid 1-26 (4). Leicestershire CCC were up with the asking rate in the early stages of their reply thanks to Lilley 20 (9b, 3x4, 1x6).
Lilley departed courtesy of a superb piece of fielding from Patterson-White who picked up the ball just behind point and threw the stumps down with a direct hit, from the last ball of the fourth over.
Leicestershire CCC struggled after Lilley’s dismissal. Swindells (24, 31b) worked hard at the top of the order mand Mike (29, 21b) weighed in with a little cameo in the last quarter. The Foxes were ultimately dismissed for 131 from 19.1 overs, losing by 46 runs.
Wicket-takers for Nottinghamshire CCC were: Patterson-White 4-24 (4), Kimber 2-28 (4), Blatherwick 2-15 (2.1) and Wood 1-24 (3). Leicestershire CCC 0 points, Nottinghamshire CCC 2 points.
I would like to offer my sincere personal thanks to Dan (Nice), and Jack (Bradley) for sorting out one or two problems experienced regarding input to the Electronic Scoreboard during the day’s play. Gremlins and Poltergeists hold no fears for these blokes!