Klein and Griffiths lead Seconds to win

SECOND XI TROPHY | Leicestershire CCC v Lancashire CCC

RESULT | Leicestershire CCC (two points) won by 71 runs

SCORECARD | Available HERE

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Lutterworth CC was the venue for the fourth match of Leicestershire CCC’s 2019 SET campaign, Lancashire being the visitors. The scorers sit within the scorebox, which is very much ‘old school’ at Lutterworth CC. No consoles to deal with here, just strings to pull.

The confines of this structure become a little snug when two people, of a fuller figure, have to assemble printers, laptops, and all the ancillary paraphernalia, and gubbins that are the working tools of the 21st Century Cricket Scorer. How I find myself in that category is another story!

I am not understating things when I say we were a little cramped for room, we needed a shoehorn to get in, and a can opener to get out. Our good friends at Lutterworth CC will fully appreciate that my comments are tongue in cheek. I sincerely hope so anyway, if not no lunch for me then.

Leicestershire CCC recorded a resounding victory against the Red Rose County, winning by 71 runs. This was thanks in the main to excellent bowling from Dieter Klein (5-26) and Gavin Griffiths (4-25), ably supported by Neil Dexter (1-27), who assisted in slowing Lancashire CCC’s run rate in mid innings.

Dexter went for just 27 from his 10 overs, comparable to the excellent economy rate of Klein and Griffiths. Leicestershire CCC were all out for 165 from 47 overs, and Lancashire CCC were dismissed for just 94 from 33.

Arron Lilley skippered County, flipped the coin, his opposite number Brooke Guest called correctly, and elected to field. There was a healthy gathering of spectators scattered around the boundary edge when the players took to the field in bright sunshine, and a temperature more akin to mid-May.

I was rattling off scorecards from my printer at a steady pace for some of the eager throng present. Multi-tasking holds no fears for me! Harry Swindells and Don Butchart opened up for the Foxes against an opening attack of left arm seamer Toby Lester, and right arm paceman George Burrows. Swindells (2, 7b) went in the fourth over, caught at first slip by Ed Fluck off Burrows.

Dexter joined Butchart, and the pair posted a 50 partnership from 72 balls. Butchart played two glorious shots to the cover boundary in the 11th over of the innings delivered by Lester. A case of Donald trumping the bowling.

Just afterwards a kindly spectator (you know who you are Sir), enquired as to whether the scorers required refreshment, and dutifully did the honours, going to the distant Pavilion to acquire two cups of tea for us. Butchart (27, 44b) went lbw to seamer Ed Moulton, who had made an appearance for Leicestershire 2s last season. County 69-2 from 16.3 overs.

Left arm spinner Tom Hartley came into the attack at the Coventry Road End. Aadil Ali (2, 8b) was bowled by Moulton, who was operating from the Pavilion End. The score had moved to 80 when Dexter (19, 60b) was caught at backward point by Moulton off Hartley. Lilley (21, 19b) had a little cameo of an innings, in which he struck Hartley for a huge straight maximum. Next ball, however, Hartley had his revenge by bowling Lilley. Leicestershire CCC 106-5 from 27.2 overs.

Sam Evans (11, 34b) was playing his first game of the season for Leicestershire following a pre-season injury. Evans departed caught by keeper George Lavelle off the bowling of seamer George Balderson. Two runs later Sam Bates (5, 13b) was pinned in front by Hartley. Leicestershire CCC 115-7 from 31.2.

Then followed a gritty partnership of 42 between Klein and Griffiths that enabled Leicestershire to post a somewhat more challenging score. Klein and Griffiths stayed together for 12.3 overs, both looking confident against the Lancashire attack.

Skipper Guest called upon five of his six bowlers used in the innings in an effort to dislodge the pair. Griffiths took two boundaries off an over from Hartley, and Klein did likewise off Balderson. The partnership was broken when Klein (17, 34b) was bowled by left arm spinner Jack Morley.

Griffiths (26, 54b) followed three overs later when he was bowled by Lester. In the same over, without addition to the score, James Graham (0, 2b) was also bowled by Lester. Nat Bowley 3* (7b), Leicestershire CCC all out for 165 from 47 overs.

Wicket-takers for Lancashire CCC: Hartley 3-42 from 10, Lester 2-26 from 8, Moulton 2-22 from 6, Morley 1-9 from 6, Burrows 1-16 from 7, and Balderson 1-37 from 10.

Guest and Jamie Crawley opened up for Lancashire. Gavin Griffiths and Dieter Klein opening the attack. Griffiths struck with the fourth ball of the innings trapping Crawley (0, 3b) in front. Crawley creeping back to the pavilion early doors. A half-century partnership then ensued between Guest and George Lavelle from 64 balls.

The alliance was broken when Lavelle (40, 46b) was caught and bowled by Dexter, who was returning to bowl at the Pavilion End after having bowled a solitary over from the Coventry Road End. Lancashire 57-2 from 12.5 overs.

Seven overs later, George Balderson (3, 24b) was caught by Dexter at mid-on off Klein. Skipper Lilley employed Dexter and Klein in tandem, and the pair bowled beautifully putting the brakes firmly on the Lancashire innings. In tandem they bowled 12 overs between them, and Lancashire capitulated from 71 for three to 85 for eight during this time, Klein picking up all the wickets.

Sam Dorsey (1, 6b) went expertly caught by keeper Swindells, diving low to his right, to snaffle a catch off Klein. Guest (27, 63b) was another victim of the Swindells/Klein combination. The ‘Golden Gloveman’ again diving to his right to take a wonderful catch low down. Guest having outstayed his welcome at the crease from a Leicestershire CCC prospective.

Lancashire CCC on the ropes, 88-5 from 23.4 soon became 79 for seven from 27.1 overs. Hartley (0, 8b) was caught at mid-wicket by Butchart off Klein, and Moulton went first ball trapped in front by Klein. Dieter the ‘Destroyer’ was on fire! Klein was working up a good pace, and had figures of five for 21, having gone for eight in his first over.

Dexter bowled five maidens in his 10-over spell, claiming one for 27, and it was left to Griffiths to wrap up the innings The ‘Ormskirk ‘Owitzer’ bowling a treble wicket maiden to finish off the innings.

With the second ball of the 33rd over, Griffiths bowled Lester (2, 17b), Lester not at the races today. Fifth ball Jack Morley (0, 3b) went caught behind by Swindells, a regulation catch by The Swindler’s standards. Griffiths then bowled Burrows first ball. Lancashire all out for 94 from 33 overs, Leicestershire CCC winning by 71 runs.

A satisfying and ultimately comfortable victory for Leicestershire CCC. Excellent bowling from Klein and Griffiths, who also shared an important partnership during the Leicestershire innings. Leicestershire CCC 2 points, Lancashire CCC 0 points.

Analysis of my meticulous record of proceedings shows that I had to get up and down, off my seat 183 times to alter the Scoreboard. However, when a run was scored from the last ball of an over, I could combine my laborious task with amending the overs bowled on the scoreboard, so my figure is ‘net’. As a result of my exertions today I have been put straight through to the knockout stages of the World Musical Chairs Championships. I have been excused taking part in the heats for this prestigious event.

A few ‘parish Notices’ before closure. Sincere thanks to all at Lutterworth CC for accommodating us. Special thanks to Dave for his work on the ground, and the two ladies who served up the food. On a personal point thank you to John for his diligent supply of cups of tea to the Scorers throughout the day. Delivered every 90 minutes, on the dot. Top effort! John has already tendered his apologies for his absence next week at Lutterworth.

Also thank you to the lady (who shall remain nameless) who gave me a book on ‘A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast Areas’ that she had graciously shelled out 10p for at a Book sale at a cricket Club. I shall have great pleasure in passing the book onto you know who... if you are a regular reader of my despatches, you will know where I am coming from on that one!

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