Rhodes Day One v Lancashire (H)
Match Reports

Foxes all out after day one

DAY 1 | Leicestershire CCC 155 v Lancashire CCC two for one

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REPORT | Leicestershire CCC headed into their final fixture of the 2019 campaign against newly crowned Specsavers County Championship Division Two champions, Lancashire CCC.

George Rhodes (43) led a recovery to 155 while Lancashire lost opener Keaton Jennings to Chris Wright to the first ball of the second innings as they closed at two for one.

Visiting paceman Richard Gleeson earned the fifth fastest five-for in a Specsavers County Championship fixture between these sides after taking five wickets in 56 balls (9.2 overs).

The visitors got off to a fast start, taking two wickets within the first overs with Gleeson claiming both openers.

First, Paul Horton (0) went after edging Gleeson’s first delivery of the day through to Jennings at first slip, and then the Blackpool-born claimed the scalp of Hassan Azad (9), caught and bowled.

Lancashire had their tails up, and in particular, Gleeson who had claimed his third wicket in just his fourth over, the eighth of the game.

The third wicket to fall was Colin Ackermann (0) who edged to Liam Livingstone at second slip from Gleeson’s wicked delivery.

George Rhodes then came to the crease alongside Cosgrove, and the duo began to form a partnership when Leicestershire CCC needed one the most.

The partnership totalled 42 before it came to an end as Cosgrove was delivered a ball from Bailey that started off wide and seamed back, deceiving the batsman, who chopped on to his stumps for 17.

Rhodes, though, was looking in great touch, hitting Gleeson for three boundaries from two overs.

Harry Dearden then came to replace Cosgrove and the duo of Dearden and Rhodes went on to successfully see Leicestershire CCC through to the first interval of the day.

Rhodes’ form continued, and with it, Dearden had time to get in at the crease before the Foxes entered lunch at 81 for four with Rhodes 43no and Dearden 7no.

Not long after play resumed following tea and the crucial partnership of Rhodes and Dearden was broken as Rhodes (43) fell victim to Gleeson – who claimed his fourth of the day.

An over later, and Gleeson had his five-for after bowling Swindells (0) with a beauty that swung back in.

Callum Parkinson then came out to the crease to join Dearden and the duo went on to spend some time at the crease. The partnership faced 17 overs and put on 36 runs before Dearden was bowled by Matt Parkinson for 30.

Ben Mike came out to replace Dearden, and the duo of Mike and Callum Parkinson nearly saw out the remainder of the second session and took the Foxes into tea.

However, Livingstone struck in the final over before tea as Mike (9) was caught by Matt Parkinson after Mike looped the spinner into the hands of the fielder at square-leg. This wicket brought the afternoon session to an end with Leicesterhire on 147 for eight.

County were unable to post another run before the next wicket fell at the beginning of the final session.

On a day where he earned his England call-up, Matt Parkinson celebrated with his first wicket of his brother, as he pinned Callum lbw for 29.

Dieter Klein and Wright now made up the final partnership of the innings for Leicestershire CCC. The partnership lasted eight balls before Gleeson picked up his sixth wicket of the day after bowling Klein (3).

County then got off to a flier during Lancashire CCC’s first innings as Wright took the new ball for the first over, and bowled Jennings (0) from the first ball of it.

The ball seamed back in and the batsman was dismissed in the first over for the second time this season against Leicestershire CCC.

Play was then halted after two overs for bad light, and was officially abandoned 40 minutes later due to bad light with the visitors sitting on two for one.

FIGURES (1st inns) | Wright 1-1-0-1, Klein 1-1-0-0

TEAM | Horton (capt), Ackermann, Azad, Cosgrove, Dearden, Klein, Mike, Rhodes, Parkinson, Swindells (wk), Wright

Lancashire CCC | Vilas (capt & wk), Jennings, Davies, Bohannon, Livingstone, Jones, Croft, Bailey, Mahmood, Parkinson, Hurt

IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game