Ali leads the way for Seconds

DAY 2 | Durham CCC 359 for nine declared and 242 for one v Leicestershire CCC 335 for eight declared

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REPORT | By Pete Johnson

It was a breezy, blustery day when the players took to the field, a stark reminder that Autumn had arrived. The majority of the faithful band of spectators wearing clothing suitable for blustery conditions.

Liam Trevaskis, Matt Salisbury, and Michael Jones came into the Durham team replacing John Bushnell, Solomon Bell, and Brodie Glendinning.

Trevaskis and Salisbury having travelled back from London as they were left out of the Durham XI for the County Championship game against Middlesex at Lord's. Leicestershire CCC resumed from their overnight 67-1, Jack Nightingale 37no, Harry Dearden 15no.

After 3.1 overs of the morning, play was briefly halted when the strong wind removed the bails at the Lumley End. Umpire James Middlebrook carried out the remedial maintenance work required. Dearden was out of the blocks quickly, and looked in imperious form.

If the weather was breezy Dearden was like a hurricane, taking three boundaries off Potts and Salisbury in the first two over’s of the morning. ‘Dasher’ Dearden must have had the early starter off the breakfast menu.

In the sixth over of the morning Nightingale (39) 58b was caught behind by keeper Tom Mackintosh off the bowling of paceman Salisbury. Nightingale, adding two to his overnight score, more suited to the late evening, than the early morning. 

Aadil Ali joined Dearden. Aadil took four boundaries off of seamers, Potts, Salisbury, and Hanley who bowled at him soon after his arrival at the crease. Dearden went to his 50 (8x4) 85b when he crisply drove seamer Weighell through the covers for a boundary.

In the 16th over of the morning Dearden picked up three off-side boundaries off Hanley. The first of which brought up a 50 partnership (60b) with Aadil. In the next over Dearden (62) 91b was bowled by Weighell.

Aadil was looking in ominous form, piercing the field, and powerfully finding the ropes at regular intervals. Lewis Hill (9, 11b) was caught at point by Ben Whitehead off Weighell. 

Aadil went to his 50 (66b, 6x4) when he pushed a single off Weighell. Don Butchart (2, 17b) was bowled by Salisbury. One of the stumps taking the gold medal, for its display after being hit by the ball, taking three cartwheels. 

Some 15 minutes before the luncheon Interval the strong winds caused Umpire Phil Mustard’s hat to be removed from its housing. The colonel was to be seen scampering around the deep square leg area, on both occasions, recovering his apparel. Ben Mike joined Aadil, and the pair took County into lunch on 208 for five.

During the luncheon interval, I moved into the 21st century thanks to Hill* (*denotes Lutterworth legend) who gave me some brief one to one tuition on how to access and action a specific communication arm of social media. I have already become a complete nuisance to Mrs J with my newfound knowledge.

Mike (11, 20b) was bowled by the first ball he received after lunch. Sam Bates joined Aadil, and the pair took the attack to the bowling, particularly Bates. Early in his innings Bates took three off-side boundaries, one through extra cover, one square, and one behind square.

Bates was dismissive of the bowling, also going over the top on a couple of occasions. Aadil and Bates posted a 50 partnership (59b) when the score reached 270 for six (60). Bates made 35 of the 50 runs in the partnership.

A rare occasion that you see Aadil outscored in a substantive partnership. Bates introduced a couple of reverse-sweeps, that seared across the ropes into his repertoire, and went to his 50 (47b, 7x4, 1x6) when he took a single to deep mid-wicket off Whitehead. Aadil was very much the sleeping partner while Bates was at the crease, but kept the score ticking over with regular singles.

Bates' (58, 51b) fine innings came to an end when he was run out at the bowlers end. Aadil, on strike, was on 98, Bates started off for a single no doubt hoping to get Aadil nearer three figures, Aadil sent him back, but the throw from Jones arrowed into the bowler Whitehead, who completed the formalities. The Groby Gloveman adding 87 with Aadil for the seventh wicket.

Aadil went to his 100 (152b, 10x4), when he pushed Weighell into the covers for a single. I reckon this could be the first time Aadil has scored a century that did not contain a maximum. At Lunch, Aadil was on (62no, 90b). The further 38 runs required for his century took him 62 balls. Concentration, application, responsibility, a richly deserved hundred.

Arron Lilley (8, 9b) tried to force the pace, but was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Potts off Whitehead. Aadil put a maximum on his card when he smote Weighell over mid wicket. Leicestershire CCC declared their innings at 3.00pm on 335 for eight (71.5), 24 runs in arrears. Aadil (110no, 159b), Brinder Phagura (7no, 7b).

Wicket-takers for Durham were, Salisbury 2-39 (10), Weighell 2-79 (17), Whitehead 1-33 (8.5), Potts 1-48 (14), Hanley 1-48 (7). The other wicket being a run out.

In Durham’s second innings, Bates took over wicket-keeping duties from Lewis Hill. Durham had 14 overs to bat before tea, and safely went in on 74-0 (14). During the pre-tea session, Graham Clark and Michael Jones brought up their 50 partnership from 54 balls.

After tea, Clark and Jones prospered, adding 150 runs for the first wicket. Jones went to his 50 (10x4) 65b, the score on 99-0 (17.5). Clark also went to his 50 (53b, 8x4), the score on 109-0 (20.2). Their 150 alliance came up from 175b. With no further addition to the score Jones (71, 102b) was caught at first slip by Lilley off Aadil.

Josh Coughlin joined Clark, and can he run fast between the wickets. He is a tall bloke, and I noted a personal best on the evening session for him of taking eight strides to complete a run at breakneck speed. Clark and Coughlin posted a 50 partnership from 58 balls, the score on 203-1 (39 overs).

Opener Clark went to his 100 (14x4) 104b, when he clipped Hill to the mid wicket boundary, the score on 212-1 (40.1). An ‘I was there moment’ seeing Hill bowl a couple of overs. I can recall seeing Lewis get his only Second XI wicket to date in 2013, ironically against Durham CCC at Darlington.

Coughlin went to his 50 (8x4) 56b from the penultimate ball of the day. Durham closed on 242-1 (46). Clarke 111* Coughlin 51*, leading by 266 runs. The solitary wicket taker for Leicestershire CCC was Aadil 1-32 (6).  

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