Hill top scores in Final

SECOND XI CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL | Day 2: Hampshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC

SCORE | Hampshire CCC 343 & 52 for none v Leicestershire CCC 187


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

The Scorers’ Suite at The Ageas Bowl is a comfortable, tranquil oasis, we tuned into the cricket channel on the wall mounted TV, so that we could keep up to date with events at Emirates Old Trafford in the 4th Ashes Test Match which began today.

Day two of the SEC Final proved challenging for Leicestershire CCC. Hampshire CCC were finally dismissed in their first innings for 343. In reply Leicestershire CCC were bowled out for 187, Lewis Hill making an impressive 69. Hampshire CCC did not enforce the follow-on, and closed at 52 without loss, leading by 208 runs going into day three.

Play started at the scheduled time of 10.30am despite heavy overnight and early morning rain. The clouds were busily scuttling across a sunlight sky when play began. Hampshire resuming from their overnight 290 for nine Fletcha Middleton 103no, Ajit Dale 0no.

Middleton and Dale continued their partnership, adding a further 38 runs to their overnight partnership, posting a 50 alliance from 103 balls when the score reached 328 for nine (110.1 overs).

Leicestershire CCC finally got the breakthrough when Arron Lilley, who had been brought into the attack, bowled Dale (20, 63b), leaving Middleton 132no from 262 balls. The pair added 65 for the last wicket, Middleton, and Dale soaking up 48b and 59b respectively this morning.

Hampshire CCC’s 8th, 9th and 10th wicket partnerships were in ascending order, 39, 46, and 65. Hampshire CCC 343 all out at 11.40am. Lilley, with the wicket this morning, returned innings figures of 1-32 (11.5).

Ateeq Javid and Sam Evans opened for Leicestershire CCC against an attack of Keith Barker and Ryan Stevenson. Javid (16, 13b) went bowled by Barker. James Fuller replaced Stevenson at the Hotel End to bowl the last over before lunch, and picked up two wickets from it.

Aadil Ali (10, 18b) was bowled, and then, from the final ball before lunch, Sam Evans (3, 18b) was caught at second slip by Felix Organ. Leicestershire CCC went into lunch at 34 for three (8). After lunch, Harry Dearden and Lewis Hill set about repairing the damage.

They were going along nicely, and had added 25 for the fourth wicket when Dearden (15, 28b) was caught at mid-wicket by Middleton off Fuller.

Harry Swindells joined Hill, and the pair gave Leicestershire just a faint hope of getting close to the Hampshire CCC total. Hill was playing some textbook cover drives, intermingled with straight drives. Swindells took on a supporting role, and the pair brought up their 50 partnership from 96 balls when the score reached 109-4 (31.4).

In the next over Swindells (20, 59b) seemed to somehow lurch across his crease, and was pinned in front by seamer Ajit Dale. Five overs later, Hill went to his 50 (80b, 7x4) when he clipped leg-spinner Kameron Khanna square, on the off-side, for a single.

County went into tea at 146 for five, trailing by 197 runs. Hill 62no and Callum Parkinson 9no. Unfortunately it only took Hampshire a further 13.2 overs after tea to take the remaining five wickets.

The first ball after tea brought the wicket of Parkinson (9, 32b) when he was pinned in front by Barker. Ben Mike (3, 8b) was bowled by Fuller, and in the next over, Hill’s staunch contribution came to an end when he guided a short ball from Barker to Fuller, who was in a deep backward short-leg position.

Hill (69, 119b) was the only batsman to show sustained resistance to the Hampshire CCC attack. Lilley (3, 6b) was lbw to Barker before last pair Gavin Griffiths and Alex Evans offered some spirited resistance in putting on 25 for the last wicket.

Hampshire skipper Organ brought himself into the attack after a barrage of pace bowling had been served up to the last pair. With his second ball Organ hit the right note, and had Alex Evans (11, 24b) caught close in by Middleton, leaving Griffiths 10no (26b).

Leicestershire CCC all out for 187 (57.2 overs), trailing by 156 runs. Hampshire CCC did not enforce the follow on. Wicket takers for Hampshire: Fuller 4-29 (13), Barker 4-57 (15), Organ 1-8 (3.2), and Dale 1-17 (5).

There was a minimum of 16 overs remaining when Hampshire CCC commenced their innings, and Felix Organ and Ollie Soames remained together, albeit with a couple of alarms.

At 5.55pm, with eight overs remaining, the umpires radioed the scorers and asked for the floodlights to be switched on. Our slick communication system promptly adhered to this request. Organ and Soames brought up their 50 partnership after 14.5 overs, and at stumps Hampshire CCC were 52-0 (16), leading by 208 runs. Organ (26*, 56b), Soames (25no, 40b).

A word of thanks to Hampshire Scorer Alan, who is a season ticket holder at AFC Bournemouth. We had detailed discussions yesterday about last Saturday’s game at KPS between Leicester and Bournemouth.

During our regular football related conversations throughout the day, I mentioned that nearby Eastleigh were at home on Tuesday evening to Boreham Wood, and that I was getting a taxi to go to the game to chalk off my 12th Conference ground.

Quick as a flash Alan said: ‘I will drop you off’. Top bloke, he gave me time to return to our hotel for a quick change and freshen up, and duly picked me up and delivered me to The Silverlake Stadium, home of Eastleigh FC.

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