Cork takes eight in match for Seconds

Thursday 15th September 2016
Written by Danny Painter

Greg Cork took eight wickets in the match, but Leicestershire Second XI claimed victory by 148 runs in the three-day friendly at Desborough Cricket Club. 

The left-arm paceman took four wickets in each innings, but a defiant 88-run knock form Leicestershire captain Lewis Hill in the second innings left the visitors 301 behind on the final day. 

The host’s batting display was followed by an all-round bowling performance after Leicestershire’s three seamers took seven wickets between them, together with three for spinner George Dockrell, to dismiss Derbyshire for 153.

Leicestershire started day three on 120-5 and added 52 runs before declaring for the second time in the match, on 172-9. Greg Cork struck trice to dismiss George Dockrell (5), James Sykes (7) and Hill. The captain was the last wicket to fall for the visitors.

Derbyshire suffered an early set-back when they lost both opening batsmen for no runs. Ben Raine (3-24) bowled Jordan Clarke (0) in the first over, before Gavin Griffiths (3-38) had Sam Kershaw (0) caught in the very next over. 

Chris Whittock and Ben Slawinski spearheaded a recovery with a 56-run partnership before visitors suffered a middle-order collapse, losing five wickets for 38 runs.

Dockrell was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets for 16 runs, when the left-arm spinner dismissed Cork (25), David Hussain (2) and Ben Cotton (0), leaving Derbyshire on 101-8.

S Hunt (29*) and Robert Peat (10) provided some respite, but the visitors never fully recovered from the early lose of wickets and were eventually bowled out for 153.

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