Seconds win and lose in T20 opener

SECOND XI T20 | Warwickshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC

RESULTS | Leicestershire CCC (two points) won by 11 runs

Warwickshire CCC (two points) won by 33 runs

SCORECARD | Game 1 HERE, Game 2 HERE

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire began their SET20 campaign for 2019 with an away fixture against Warwickshire CCC at the home of Barnt Green CC. The ground at Barnt Green also hosts games for Worcestershire CCC, the Worcestershire CCC flag flying from a flagpole as you enter the ground.

On looking round the pavilion I noticed that Richard Illingworth was captain of Barnt Green CC in 2005. Illingworth is now on the Panel of ICC Umpires. The scorers are located in the Scorebox which is to the far left as you egress the Pavilion. The Lickey Incline, the steepest sustained main line railway incline in Great Britain, runs a short distance away, and within eyesight of the ground. The climb is a gradient of one in 37.7 for a continuous distance of two miles. The Lickey Incline serves the Cross Country trains between Birmingham and Bromsgrove. Not that I was a trainspotter in my younger days, far from it…

Before play began it was good to have a chat with ex LCCC player Richard Jones, who is now assisting with Coaching duties at Warwickshire CCC, and ex Fox, Michael Burgess, who has recently joined Warwickshire CCC from Sussex CCC.

Honours were even on the day with Leicestershire winning Game 1 by 11 runs, and Warwickshire running out winners in Game 2 by 33 runs. Tom Taylor skippered Leicestershire in both games.

GAME 1

Warwickshire CCC won the toss and asked Leicestershire to bat. Leicestershire posted 196-5 from their 20 overs. Ateeq Javid (32) and Harry Swindells (26) posted a partnership of 56 for the first wicket, their 50-partnership coming from 36 balls.

Arron Lilley (74*) played an eye-catching innings for County going at not a run a ball, but just over two runs a ball! Lilley and Aadil Ali (27) shared a partnership of 83 for the third wicket, their 50-alliance coming from 29 balls.

All-rounder Lilley blasted his half-century from just 22 deliveries (5x4, 3x6). Leicestershire closed on 196-5 from their 20 overs. Wicket takers for Warwickshire were, George Garrett 2-28 from four overs, Jacob Lintott 1-18 (3) and Daniel Mousley 1-26 (3). The other wicket to fall being a run out.

In reply Warwickshire also started their innings with a 50 partnership, Ed Pollock and Burgess doing so from 22 balls. Pollock (39, 17b) went caught at short third man by Javid off Nat Bowley. Alex Mellor made an undefeated 50 from 37 balls.

Warwickshire CCC fell behind the asking rate in mid-innings, mainly due to a very tight spell of bowling from Javid, who picked up 1-22 from his four overs. Nat Bowley also caught the eye, especially restricting Pollock at the start of his innings, and subsequently capturing the wicket of Pollock. Bowley 1-34 from 4.

The hosts closed at 185 for five, losing by 11 runs. Other wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC were: Lilley 1-34 (3), Gavin Griffiths 1-34 (3) and Alex Evans 1-20 (2). Warwickshire CCC 0 points, Leicestershire CCC 2 points.

My scoring colleague for the day was Alastair Ruffles who had been brought in as cover, as the usual Warwickshire Second XI Scorer was on First Team duty. When Alastair introduced himself to me he said ‘You can call me Al’ for the entire day I had a Paul Simon song of that title playing over and over in my mind. Also the surname Ruffles conjured up visions of crisps and chocolates too!

GAME 2

Leicestershire made one change with Andy Jones replacing Evans, Sam Bates took over wicket-keeping duties with Swindells being deployed in the field. Warwickshire CCC went with the same 11 players again, won the toss, and chose to bat.

The Bears again got off to a rapid start with Pollock and Burgess registering a 50 partnership from 28 balls. Pollock then going to his 50 (19b, 2x4, 6x6). Warwickshire CCC however were slowed down by Javid, who bowled his four overs for just 11 runs, picking up the crucial wicket of Pollock (71, 39b) when he had him caught by keeper Bates from a skier.

Ethan Brookes and Harry Johnson posted a 50 partnership towards the end of the innings from 21 balls. Warwickshire closed on 186 for four from their 20 overs. Other wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC apart from Javid, fellow off-spinners Bowley 2-27 (4) and Lilley 1-47 (4).

Excellent bowling from Javid who returned figures of 2-33 from eight overs in the combined Warwickshire innings. Although Bowley was not as economical as Javid, the young prospect gave a mature performance with the ball, his figures of three for 61 from eight in the combined Warwickshire innings being a little unkind to him.

In their reply the Foxes never got to grips with the asking rate. The top-scorer for the innings being Griffiths, down at number nine, with a quickfire 45 (22b). Griffiths shared a partnership of 55 with Bowley for the ninth wicket, their 50-run partnership coming from 25 deliveries. In a day that yielded 33 maximums, one of the four that Griffiths contributed travelled the furthest distance of them all. 

Captain Taylor was unfortunately run out in both innings. I don’t suppose he will be going for a run this evening! Leicestershire closing on 153-9 from their 20 overs, losing by 33 runs. Wicket-takers for Warwickshire CCC: Brookes 3-19 (3), Lintott 2-20 (4), Bailey Wightman 1-19 (4) and Mousley 1-37 (4). Warwickshire 2 points, Leicestershire 0 points.

At the start of this overview of the day’s proceedings I mentioned the nearby Lickey Incline, and trainspotting. Any train spotters amongst you will have noticed a bit of symmetry in that Warwickshire had a player named Garrett amongst their number, who bowled at both ends. I am sure the esteemed Groundsman at Rothley Park CC, who I know reads the reports on the LCCC website will be fully aware of the link between steam engines and the name Garrett.

The Second XI is next in action next Monday against Nottinghamshire CCC at the Fischer County Ground (11.30am start for game one).

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