Seconds ease past Yorkshire

SECOND XI TROPHY | Leicestershire CCC v Yorkshire CCC

RESULT | Leicestershire CCC (two points) won by 90 runs

SCORECARD | Available HERE

REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire CCC arrived at the Coventry Road home of Lutterworth CC for the second of back-to-back SET matches at this venue. Yorkshire CCC the visitors this time, the White Rose County following in the footsteps of the Red Rose County of Lancashire CCC who adorned this venue last Monday. This being the penultimate fixture of Leicestershire’s 2019 SET campaign. One win, and three losses have been registered so far for the Foxes.

As I forlornly trooped my way to the Scorebox my somewhat calm, and relaxed outer persona belied my inner lugubrious feelings of the physical exertions and extremely manual tasks that lay in wait for me from 11.00am onwards. A human yo-yo comes to mind… (Editor’s note: you have to earn your lunch Pete)

The idyllic outer ‘chocolate box’ appearance of the Lutterworth scorebox, with a facade akin to an oversized Cuckoo Clock, belies the basic tasks required within. My anticipated exertions of the day could well qualify me for inclusion in the pre-match warm-ups. My Yorkshire CCC scoring colleague John gazed in awe at the mechanisms within the scorebox, silence can sometimes speak a thousand words. I am sure everyone associated with Lutterworth CC will know I am only joking, but it makes good reading, and hopefully my literary licence will bring a smile to your faces!

En route to the Scorebox, with my Yorkshire colleague John, who is an avid Leeds United supporter, we engaged in conversation with a gentleman who had travelled down from Doncaster, to do a bit of groundhopping. I tactfully did not mention EFL Play Offs being in the company of people from Leeds and Doncaster! I can visualise Dan ‘Donny Rovers’ Nice gritting his teeth (Editor’s note: one for the over Pete, let’s hope our centre halves don’t read this report…)

Luckily the scorers had their cold weather gear, John going the extra mile by having the hood up and also wearing fingerless gloves.

Leicestershire CCC recorded a resounding victory beating Yorkshire CCC by 90 runs. County were all out for 235 in the last over of their innings, Neil Dexter and Harry Swindells weighing in with half-centuries. In reply Yorkshire were dismissed for 145, Gavin Griffiths ripping out the top of the order, and finishing with figures of five for 52 from his allotted ten overs.

Jigar Naik was one of the Umpires today, The Jigster officiating his second Leicestershire 2s match of recent times.

Arron Lilley skippered Leicestershire, his opposite number Josh Poysden called correctly, and inserted the Foxes. There were some 50 or so spectators present when the players took to the field on what looked like a warm mid-May morning from the ‘Icebox’ that I was incarcerated in.

Openers Swindells and Don Butchart were facing a Yorkshire CCC pace attack of Matthew Fisher and Ed Barnes. The pair had added 42 when Butchart (18, 27b) was caught at mid-on by Matthew Taylor off the bowling of seamer Dominic Leech, who had replaced Fisher at the Pavilion End. Leech sucking a bit of life out of the wicket.

Dexter joined Swindells and the pair forged a partnership that would ultimately prove crucial in tilting the game in Leicestershire’s favour. During their alliance I was busily dishing out scorecards like confetti, including one to a charming lady from the Nottinghamshire area.

The duo brought up their 50 partnership from 72 balls with the score on 94-1 from 24.4 overs. Swindells played a ramp shot to the ropes to go to 46, followed by a delicate dab down to third man, also finding the ropes, to go to his half-century (82b, 6x4). Leg-spinner Poysden was on the receiving end. In Poysden’s next over the Swashbuckling Swindler reverse swept him to the ropes, followed by a paddle behind square to the boundary.

Swindells (65, 98b) eventually went caught behind by keeper Ben Birkhead off seamer Taylor. A partnership of 80 for the second wicket with Dexter, Leicestershire 122-2 from 29 overs. Dexter was in the groove and playing some sumptuous shots to all areas of the ground. Dexter went to his 50 from 80b (5x4,1x6), when he swept left arm spinner Karl Carver to the boundary. This coincided with a half-century partnership between Dexter and Aadil from 61 balls. Leicestershire 174-2 from 40.2 overs.

Aadil (24 38b) went caught at long-on by Fisher off seamer Jordan Thompson. I reckon I have lost count of the number of times when I have seen Aadil the victim of a catch right out of the top drawer. County 182-3 from 41.3 overs. 

Seven wickets fell in the final 8.3 overs available as Leicestershire CCC endeavoured to post a challenging total, rather than players focusing on their individual scores. Sam Evans (1 8b) went caught at deep extra cover by Matthew Revis off Fisher. Dexter’s (67, 96b) solid, workmanlike innings came to an end when he was caught at deep mid-wicket by Thompson off Poysden.

Skipper Lilley hit consecutive maximums, and next ball was caught at short third man by Leech off Poysden. Callum Parkinson (13, 12b) was caught in the deep by Revis off Thompson. Dieter Klein (11 8b) suffered a similar fate caught by Thompson off Carver. Sam Bates (2, 2b) was run out going for a second run that Usain Bolt would have had difficulty with. The last wicket to fall was that of Will Davis (1, 2b) caught by Barnes off Thompson.

Wicket-takers for Yorkshire: Thompson 3-42 from 9.3, Poysden 2-67 from 10, Taylor 1-14 from 4, Leech 1-20 from 5, Fisher 1-29 from 8, Carver 1-30 from 6. I cannot conclude details of the first half of the day’s proceedings without special mention of Phil, who dutifully sought out much-needed liquid refreshment for the scorers. The man has untapped potential!

Will Fraine and Ben Birkhead opened the innings for Yorkshire CCC against an opening attack of Griffiths and Klein. Griffiths was in imperious form, bowling beautifully, capturing the first four wickets to fall, reducing the visitors to 48-4 from 8.1. The Ormskirk Obliterator was operating from the same Pavilion End that he picked up four wickets from against Lancashire last week.

The quartet of victims went as follows: Fraine (6, 3b) caught at first slip by Aadil from the third ball of the innings, Birkhead (6, 9b) and Revis (8, 5b) bowled, Thompson (15, 22b) caught by Lilley running back at extra cover to take a steepler, the ball coming from behind him.

This was an excellent catch by Lilley, who took a very difficult attempt in pipe and slippers mode. The spellings may be different, but not the first time the names Lilley and Thompson have featured in a dismissal. Yorkshire 48-4 from 8.1 overs, Griffiths four for 27 from 4.1 overs.

At this juncture, LCCC esteemed First XI Scorer PJ Rogers Esq appeared on the scene, and did some housekeeping work on the numerical display on the exterior of Scoreboard. Is dotted, and Ts duly crossed, Le Prodge strolled off into the afternoon sunlight, his task duly done (Editor’s note: hope Mr Rogers wasn’t flagging with this task).

Just afterwards the Lutterworth Legend that is Lewis Hill, complete with dog on lead, regally strolled past on a perambulation of the boundary. Lewis is royalty in this part of the county, so I was somewhat surprised to notice that his accompanying animal was a pug. I would have thought a corgi would have been more in keeping with his status (Editor’s note: hope Lewis held the lead better than Charlton…)

Fisher (8, 15b) went caught at slip by Lilley off Dexter, who had replaced Klein at the Coventry Road End. Yorkshire 67-5 from 13.1 overs. Two runs later Arjun Ramkumar (16, 33b) went bowled by Davis, who had replaced Griffiths at the Pavilion End. One would think we were in deepest Wales not Lutterworth.

Then followed a half-century partnership from 63 balls between Barnes and Taylor. Yorkshire CCC somewhat adrift of the asking rate, but the two of them knuckled down to the job in hand. The partnership was broken when Taylor (15, 33b) played a ball from Parkinson into the square-leg area, Klein swooped on the ball, arrowed it in to ‘keeper Swindells, who completed the formalities. Taylor short of his ground returning for a second run.

Yorkshire CCC now 123-7 from 26.5 overs. Four runs later Barnes (37, 44b) was caught behind by Swindells off Griffiths, who had returned for a spell at the Coventry Road End. The wicket completed a five-for for Griffiths. Leech (5, 7b) went stumped by Swindells off Parkinson, and the innings came to an end when Poysden (4, 7b) was another stumping victim for the duo.

The Swindler very good with gloves on, to be frank rather like someone else, from a few years back, of a sporting persuasion, Know what I mean ‘Arry? Yorkshire 145 all out from 32.3. Wicket-takers for Leicestershire: Griffiths 5-52 from 10, Parkinson 2-18 from 4.3, Dexter 1-9 from 5, Davis 1-27 from 6. Leicestershire winning by 90 runs. Leicestershire 2 points, Yorkshire 0 points.

Well that completes our fixtures at Lutterworth for 2019, sincere thanks to all at Lutterworth CC for facilitating us over the past two Mondays. Special mention to Dave for his work on the ground, the two ladies who provided the food, and to Jeff Baxter for being on tap to provide early morning teas and coffees. However, I am sure many other people have been involved in hours of unseen work in the build-up to these matches.

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