Seconds run out winners by an innings

SECOND XI CHAMPIONSHIP | Leicestershire CCC v Yorkshire CCC

SCORE | Leicestershire CCC 389 beat Yorkshire CCC 72 and 211 by an innings & 106 runs

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

I had company with me when I arrived at Kibworth CC for day three of the SEC encounter between Leicestershire and Yorkshire. Mrs J in her wisdom had decided to come along, saying that the state of the game suggested a pre-lunch finish, and that we could pay a visit to Fosse Park on the way home, as she had some Marks and Spencer vouchers that were burning a hole in her handbag.

Shrewd operator Mrs J, who can make a keen, and educated assessment on the state of a cricket match. Prior to leaving home for Kibworth, I had ventured to the Polling Station to put the necessary cross on the Ballot paper in the box of my choice.

Yorkshire CCC required 189 runs to save an innings defeat, Leicestershire needed four wickets to sew the game up. Leicestershire took 23.2 overs to claim the four wickets needed, and register a resounding victory of 106 runs over The Tykes. Will Davis returning a five-wicket haul.

It was a glorious day when the players took to the field, the weather in cracking the flags mode. There were just a handful of spectators present to witness the last rites of the game. Yorkshire CCC resumed from their overnight 128-6, Ben Birkhead 10*. Birkhead was joined by Ed Barnes, and there were two balls remaining of a Gavin Griffiths over from last night.

Birkhead and Barnes survived for 9.5 overs. Barnes (20, 38b) was then out to the third ball of a spell from Neil Dexter, who had replaced Griffiths at the Pavilion End. Barnes caught by Arron Lilley at second slip.

Skipper Lilley had made a double bowling change, Davis having replaced Dieter Klein at the Field End. Birkhead was playing a very obdurate innings but perished from a smart caught & bowled - a reaction catch - by Davis. Birkhead out for 42 (78b).

Leicestershire CCC took just another 5.1 overs to finish off the Yorkshire innings. Matthew Taylor (2, 8b) went lbw to Davis. A case of Davis snookering Taylor. The innings came to a close when Davies trapped Mathew Pillans (21, 45b) in front.

Yorkshire CCC all out for 211 from 79. at 12.35pm. Josh Poysden (0* 8b). Leicestershire winning by an innings and 106 runs. Davis bowling very well indeed, taking 5-52 from 20. Match figures of 9-65 from 28. Davis’ figures of 5-52 surpassed his previous SEC best bowling figures of 5-62 for Derbyshire against Nottinghamshire at Denby in 2014.

Dexter also turned in an eye-catching bowling performance, 3-34 from 17 in this innings, 5-47 from 27.5 overs in the match. Dexter, the vast majority of the time, is an extremely economical bowler. If he were a car you would get 60 mpg from him.

Other wicket-takers in Yorkshire’s second innings were Griffiths 1-35 from 15 and Klein 1-71 from 20. Captain Lilley also seemed to have the midas touch when making bowling changes during the match. A thoroughly professional performance by Leicestershire CCC who took the maximum 24 points from the match. Yorkshire CCC picked up 2 points.

Sincere thanks to all at Kibworth CC for their splendid hospitality over the past three days. Jan, Alison, and Naomi, and another lady whose name escapes me, for all their hard work on the catering side, not to mention chef (sounds more upmarket than cook) par excellence Ian. Also thanks to Steve Pollard and his crew for all their work on the ground.

Well, a leisurely lunch for me, no time limits to adhere to, then off to the delights of Fosse Park with Mrs J. A good afternoon partnership on the horizon at the shops, no doubt I will have to negotiate the odd bouncer!

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