Leicestershire again had Shiv Thakor to thank for adding some grit to their batting on the final day against Northamptonshire. The 18 year-old, survived 105 balls for his unbeaten 39 to earn the visitors a draw after they had been set an unlikely 353 to win by the home side, who had earlier declared their second innings on 252 for five. Leicestershire slipped to 18 for two and 130 for five in their run chase as David Willey took three wickets, but Thakor and Claude Henderson ( 20 off 78 balls) again shared the crucial partnership of the innings and batted out almost 20 overs to see the Foxes to safety.
At Edgbaston, there was a quite extraordinary game in Group C of the Clydesdale Bank 40, where Warwickshire lost a very low-scoring game to Kent by six wickets. The Bears were bowled out for just 92 after being invited to bat, with Rikki Clarke top-scoring with an unbeaten 35. Mark Davies, Azhar Mahmood and Simon Cook each took two wickets, while Darren Stevens’ medium-pace was responsible for four of the Warwickshire lower-order. In their run chase, Kent slipped to 54 for four, but Azhar Mahmood and Alex Blake steered them home with a valuable fifth-wicket partnership of 39.
The result leaves three teams – Kent, Warwickshire and Sussex – separated by just a single point at the top of Group C with three matches to go.
Group B, CB40, Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton (1540 GMT start)
Dimitri Mascarenhas returns to leaders Hampshire’s 14-man squad after recovering from injury, while Kabir Ali and Bilal Shafayat are also included. Somerset, meanwhile, have added another player to their growing list of injuries after Lewis Gregory was sent for a scan after damaging a side muscle during the warm-up for yesterday’s match against Nottinghamshire.
Day One, 2nd ‘Test’, England Lions v Australia at Edgbaston
The home side are still without Ravi Bopara for personal reasons and will also be unable to call upon the services of Somerset batsman Nick Compton, who has not recovered from his back problems. Varun Chopra and Ben Stokes are their replacements. The tourists have called up Worcestershire overseas player Phil Hughes after Peter Forrest was ruled out through injury.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will begin relatively dry, but thundery showers will bubble up during the course of the day, mainly in the east. Temperatures will peak at between 21 and 23 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Yorkshire have released wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy with immediate effect and taken Sussex wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd on loan from Sussex in his place. Brophy is now expected to retire from top-flight cricket.
Essex bowler David Masters is to undergo a scan on a side strain that he picked up last week against Kent. At worst, he could be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
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