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Seconds draw rain-affected game at Notts

SECOND XI CHAMPIONSHIP | Nottinghamshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC

SCORE | Leicestershire CCC 164 for five declared drew with Nottinghamshire 112 for three


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire CCC arrived at Notts Sports Club for the third and final day of their SEC match against Nottinghamshire with just 36 overs play having been possible on day two following a complete washout on the first day.

The weather was the only winner in this match with play having been drastically curtailed over the first two days. On day three, Leicestershire CCC resumed on 94-3, and subsequently declared on 164-5. Nottinghamshire CCC had made 112-3 in reply when the weather intervened yet again, the match being abandoned as a draw at 4.15pm.

Shafts of sunshine pierced the overhead clouds as the players took to the field, there were some 12 spectators present. The mercury in the thermometer must have been rising as Umpire Baldwin had discarded his black gloves, but was discreetly placed a white scarf around his neck, shielded by the collar of his Umpires Smock. The temperature was certainly not what one is accustomed to in what is approaching mid-May.

Hassan Azad and Musa Ahmad resumed the Leicestershire innings. Ahmad (4, 7b) was on his way in the second over of the morning when his off stump was sent cartwheeling out of the ground by Jack Blatherwick.

Zak Chappell, operating from the River End, was working up a good pace. Azad (26, 88b), having added just one run to his overnight score, was next to go, caught at third slip by Seb Budinger off the bowling of Blatherwick. Leicestershire CCC 107-5 from 41.4 overs.

We then had a fine unbroken partnership of 57 for the 6th wicket between Callum Parkinson, and Arron Lilley. Parkinson was showing the bowler the maker’s name on the bat when deliveries merited it, but was not adverse to taking boundaries of left arm seamer Luke Wood and Chappell.

Lilley took a liking to left arm quickie Mark Footitt, the bearded wonder despatching him to the ropes in each of his first three overs. Parkinson and Lilley brought up their 50 partnership from 78 balls when pulling a short ball from Wood to the square-leg boundary.

At the end of the next over, a maiden from Footitt, Leicestershire declared their innings on 164 for five from 56 overs. Parkinson (32*, 65b) and Lilley (27*) 37b. Blatherwick returned figures of 3-33 from 15, Chappell 1-30 from 11, the other wicket-taker being Wood with 1-52 from 13.

Nottinghamshire had some 19 minutes to bat before lunch. In the five overs possible before lunch, Seb Bodinger (1, 9b) was pinned in front by Dieter Klein. Seb’s race having been run!

The hosts went into lunch on 12-1 from five overs with Ben Slater 6* and Jake Libby 3*. Klein and Gavin Griffiths continued the Leicestershire attack after lunch, both beating the bat on a number of occasions without success.

Slater and Libby brought up their 50 alliance from 63 balls when the score reached 51-1 from 12.3. Will Davis was introduced to the attack, and bowled a very frugal spell from the River End. He was extremely unlucky when he had Libby spilled in the slip cordon when on 21.

Slater had progressed to 49 when he clipped a ball from Harry Funnell straight into the eager hands of Davis at square-leg. Nottinghamshire CCC 88-2 from 27. Two further runs had been added when Libby (23, 85b) was trapped in front by the first ball of a spell from the returning Klein, who had replaced Davis at the River End.

Parkinson meanwhile had replaced Funnell at the Ratcliffe Road End, bowling three miserly overs for seven runs. Nottinghamshire CCC went into tea on 104-3 from 34. Only one over was possible after tea, bowled by Arron Lilley, before rain forced the players from the field at 4.06pm.

After the players had been off the field for 15 minutes the rain became heavy akin to a monsoon, and the match was abandoned as a draw. Nottinghamshire CCC on 112-3 from 35 overs. Wood 8* (20b), Chappell 14* (21b).

Wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC were: Klein 2-47 from 10 and Funnell 1-19 from 5. They were admirably supported by Griffiths 0-18 from 9, Davis 0-8 from 7, and Parkinson 0-7 from 3. Nottinghamshire CCC 7 points, Leicestershire CCC 7 points.