9th September 2019
Honours even in T20 friendlies at Durham
SECOND XI T20 FRIENDLY | Durham CCC v Leicestershire CCC
RESULTS | Game 1: Leicestershire CCC won by 5 wickets
Game 2: Durham CCC won by 4 wickets
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Leicestershire Second XI made their second visit of the season to Durham CCC, this time for two SEFT20 fixtures.
It was a cool cloudy day at the Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street. The scorers situated in the scorebox on the far side of the ground from the Pavilion.
Honours were even on the day with both sides winning one game each. In game one, Leicestershire CCC got home by five wickets. Arron Lilley top scored for the Foxes with 54, Brinder Phagura picking up four for 35 from his four overs.
In game two, Durham CCC won by four wickets thanks to a partnership of 101 for the sixth wicket between James Weighell and Stuart Poynter. Sam Evans weighed in with 68 for Leicestershire CCC.
Durham CCC won the toss, and chose to bat. Leicestershire CCC were skippered by Lilley. Durham CCC posted 168 for six from their allotted 20 overs.
Solomon Bell and Stuart Poynter posted a 50 partnership from 41 balls for the fourth wicket. Their alliance culminated in a partnership of 91.
Phagura was fast out of the blocks for Leicestershire CCC, in his first over, the third of the innings, the seamer picking up three wickets. Victims were Harry Adair and Graham Clark, both bowled, and Durham skipper Josh Coughlin caught behind by ‘keeper Sam Bates.
Poynter (64) top-scored for Durham CCC. The Ireland International’s 50 (32b, 4x4, 2x6). In addition to Phagura with 4-35 the other wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC were Aadil Ali 1-17 (4), and Nat Bowley 1-36 (4).
In reply, Leicestershire CCC were always up with the asking rate. Aadil (28, 17b), Sam Evans (24, 18b) and Don Butchart (27, 23b) at the top of the order got the innings off to a great start. Lilley then plundered a 50 off 23 balls (5x4, 3x6) in the middle order.
Lilley shared a 50 partnership for the fifth wicket with Lewis Hill 25no (20b). Lilley eventually made 64 off 24 deliveries.
Leicestershire CCC reached their target with ten balls to spare, closing at 171 for five, and winning by five wickets. Wicket-takers for Durham were: Ben Whitehead 3-35 (4), Clark 1-19 (2) and James Weighell 1-24 (3).
Lilley again skippered Leicestershire CCC, won the toss, and elected to bat. Jack Nightingale came into the Foxes side in place of Ben Mike. Durham CCC made two changes with John Bushnell and Fez Hussain replacing Rory Hanley and Brett Glendinning.
Leicestershire CCC clocked up 160 for six from their 20 overs. Opener Evans (68) shared in two half-century partnerships. He put on an opening stand of 56 for the first wicket with Aadil (25, 25b), their 50 alliance coming from 32 balls.
Evans also shared a partnership of 52 for the third wicket with Harry Dearden (27, 22b), their 50 coming up from 37 balls. Evans went to his personal 50 (40b, 7x4) with an improvised ramp shot off paceman Matthew Potts.
Evans was eventually dismissed for 68 (47b). ‘Sam the Man’ impressive with a white ball as Mark Selby, another born and bred Leicester man.
Leicestershire CCC looked in the box seat when they had Durham 59 for five from 9.5 overs, but a sixth wicket partnership of 101 between Weighell (64no, 36b) and Poynter (38, 25b) took the game away from the Foxes.
Their 50 partnership came up from 30 balls, Weighell made 50 off 28 balls (4x4, 3x6) and their 100 partnership from 57 balls. Poynter was dismissed when the scores were level, with three balls remaining.
The winning runs came by virtue of four leg byes, Durham CCC winning by four wickets and getting over the line with just two balls to spare. Wicket-takers for Leicestershire CCC were Aadil 2-35(4), Lilley 1-19 (4), Bowley 1-26 (4), Phagura 1-35 (3.4), and Andrew Jones 1-44 (4).