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SECOND XI FRIENDLY | Leicestershire CCC v Kent CCC

SCORE |  Kent CCC 157 for eight


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire Second XI returned to Kibworth CC for a SEF against Kent. This time we are playing on Kibworth CC’s second ground, and LCCC are extremely grateful to Kibworth CC for being able to facilitate us. For anyone who is uninitiated to the Kibworth CC complex, the second ground backs up to the main ground at the Field End.

Kibworth CC have plans afoot to extend the pavilion on their second ground, and also the provision of an Electronic Scoreboard. They hope to have everything completed for the start of the 2020 season.

The dainty little scorebox currently in situ is alongside the Sim Iliffe Pavilion. I am told Simeon Iliffe was a prominent businessman within the Leicester Shoe Industry some 40 years ago, and much respected member of Kibworth CC for many years. My colleague Andy and I needed all of our spacial awareness skills at the ready to get our plethora of equipment into such a confined space. 

I am sure the folks at Kibworth CC will not mind me having a bit of fun, Lutterworth are getting used to it by now! #laughingemoji. Seriously, again sincere thanks to Kibworth CC for their kind co-operation in accommodating our Second XI this week, it is much appreciated.

Leicestershire CCC had a good day in the field, reducing Kent to 157 for eight when play was abandoned for the day due to rain with 40.5 overs being lost unfortunately. Gavin Griffiths claiming four wickets and Neil Dexter three.

Harry Swindells captained Leicestershire CCC, won the toss, and inserted the visitors. The number of spectators was in single figures, no doubt as a result of the First XI being in action at the FCG, when the players took to the field on a chill late May morning.

Jigar Naik was again one of the umpires for a Leicestershire CCC 2s game, stepping in as a late replacement for one of the appointed umpires. Have coat (white one of course) will travel! The Jigster being somewhat of a ‘rabbit’, as he is in his first season officiating Second XI cricket, it was quite apt that Russell Warren was his partner. I would not dare call The Jigster a rabbit if I had a pair of pads on.

The 17-year-old Uday Modhwadia, a right arm seamer, who plays his club cricket for Loughborough Town, was making his Second XI debut. There was no Sam Evans in the County side as he was sitting an exam at Loughborough University. Best wishes to Sam ‘The Swot’ in the hope that he gets good marks in his exam.

Bradley Goldsack and Joe Gordon opened the innings for Kent against an opening attack of Gavin Griffiths and debutant Modhwadia.

Left-handed Goldsack (3, 12b) was first to go when he hit a short ball from Griffiths down to long-leg, and Modhwadia took an excellent catch at head height running round, just in from the boundary. Kent CCC 4-1 from 4.3 overs.

This soon became 13 for two when Gordon (7, 23b) went caught behind by keeper Swindells off Griffiths. Nothing flash about Gordon today. Modhwadia, although not claiming a wicket, bowled an excellent opening spell from the Field End of 6-2-12-0.

Calum Haggett and Jordan Cox were now at the crease. Swindells soon afterwards made a double bowling change with Neil Dexter and left arm seamer James Graham entering the attack. Dexter picked up a wicket with the fifth ball of his first over when he trapped Haggett (17, 32b) in front.

Grant Stewart joined Cox, and the pair forged a partnership of 20 for the fourth wicket before Cox (16, 57b) left the boat, caught by Griffiths at mid-on off Callum Parkinson. The spinner had replaced Graham at the Field End. On a Parkinson theme, that’s James Graham, not Graham Norton. Kent CCC 60-4 from 25.2 overs.

Isaac Dilkes joined Stewart. Dilkes’ initials are IVA, the same as an illustrious legendary West Indian batsman. I checked my First Class Counties Second XI Annual, (that reference to it should continue to get me a complimentary copy) and IVA in Dilkes stands for Isaac Vivian Alexander as in Richards! Mr Dilkes senior must like his cricket. 

Dilkes (0, 10b) could not emulate the great man, and was pinned in front by Griffiths, who had replaced Dexter at the Pavilion End. Kent CCC 63-5 from 28.4 overs. Stewart and Marcus O’Riordan took Kent CCC into lunch on 85-5 from 36. Culinary delights were then on offer in the main pavilion.

Only two overs, both maidens from Lilley and Modhwadia, had been bowled after lunch when rain took the players from the field. The stoppage lasted for 48 minutes. The partnership between Stewart and O’Riordan had yielded 42 runs when O’Riordan (14  56b) was caught behind by Swindells off Dexter. Kent CCC 105-6 from 44.2 overs.

Theresa May has been in the news of late but Stewart was on song and in Maggie May mode, going to his 50 (107b, 5x4, 1x6) with a single. Stewart was out from the next ball he received after reaching his 50, when he was bowled, dragging one on from Dexter. Kent CCC 126-7 from 54.1 overs.

Frederick Klaasen (0, 10b) went caught and bowled by Griffiths. A fourth victim for Big Gav, all of whose spells had come from the Pavilion End. Ben Manenti (29*, 51b) and Justin Watson (10*, 20b) took Kent CCC to 157-8 from 63.1 overs when rain stopped play at 4.22pm. Tea was taken. The umpires inspected at 5.25pm, and abandoned play for the day. 

Wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC: Griffiths 4-54 from 15, Dexter 3-12 from 13, Parkinson 1-30 from 13. I said in one of my reports last week that Dexter was so economical that if he were a car you would get 60 mpg out of him. I would now also class him as a reluctant athlete, as when he has got the ball in his hand he does not go for many runs. 

Although Modhwadia, Graham and Lilley did not pick up any wickets, they all bowled extremely economically.

Sincere thanks to Leicestershire’s Andy Jones and Nick Green for updating the overs regularly on the Scoreboard, saving yours truly from having to venture outside the box after every over.