Second String Outfoxed In Final Over

Second String Outfoxed In Final Over

Second String Outfoxed In Final Over

Paul Coughlin hit an unbeaten 42 but couldn't prevent defeat at Grace Road

STUMPS. Durham 2nd XI 263-7 v Leicestershire 2nd XI 264-6 (Boyce 73, Thakor 61). Leicestershire 2nd XI won by four wickets.

Points - Leicestershire 2, Durham 0.

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Durham's 2nd XI suffered a second successive trophy defeat as Leicestershire secured a narrow four wicket win at Grace Road.

After the home side had been set a winning target of 264, a strong partnership between Matthew Boyce (73) and Shiv Thakor (61) frustrated the Durham attack.

But the impressive Matt Milnes (3-31) bowled 10 excellent overs to swing the contest back into the balance.

Requiring six from the final over with four wickets in hand, Leicestershire edged home with two balls to spare as Alastair Maiden's men just failed to bounce back from their loss against Glamorgan two weeks ago.

Visiting skipper Calum MacLeod had called correctly at the toss and elected to bat first on a sunny day in Leicester.

In a familiar tale this season, lots of batsmen got in without being able to kick on and register a big score. Five of Durham's line-up passed 30, but no-one was able to convert a good start into a half-century.

After playing in the last three championship games for the first team, Paul Coughlin was out to make an impression and he hit an unbeaten 42 whilst Ryan Buckley made the same score and 'keeper Stuart Poynter added 41 to help compile 263 from 50 overs.

Leicestershire's strength lay in their batting, with first team regulars Michael Thornley, Matthew Boyce and Shiv Thakor making up three of their top four.

Thornley went cheaply, but Boyce and Thakor put on 113 for the third wicket as the home side took charge. Durham fought back however and Milnes got rid of Boyce before Max Morley dismissed Thakor with the score on 172-4.

The big-hitting Tom Wells, who struck Paul Collingwood for three successive sixes in the NatWest T20 Blast win for Leicestershire back in June, threatened to end the game quickly until Gavin Main returned to have him caught behind for 38.

Aadil Ali made a quickfire 32 from 27 balls to ease home nerves before Sam Johnson hit Coughlin away for the winning runs in the final over.

The two sides play each other again tomorrow in a three-day championship match at Hinckley Town CC (11am start)