Shafayat Century In
Second XI Defeat
Match Report | 25th July 2010
Second Eleven Championship
Leics 333 & 129-2 dec (21pts) beat Notts 125-4 dec & 312 (4pts) by 23 runs
Set 336 to win from 75 overs, Notts made a valiant attempt to reach their target but were bowled out 23 runs short with three overs of the match remaining.
The innings revolved around Bilal Shafayat, who coming in at the fall of the first wicket at 59 was 8th out at 274 having scored 110 from 129 balls reaching his century in 117 balls with 15 fours.
The home attack bowled well with Alex Wyatt, who took 4-49 from 18 overs, showing good form. The ball seemed to swing when the lacquer had come off it, which prohibited shot making.
Once he had come to terms with the conditions, Shafayat used his feet well and was particularly severe on spinner Jamie Sykes as he neared his hundred.
Akhil Patel made 45, Mark Nelson 31 and near the end Luke Fletcher made 27 as he tried to hit Notts home.
On the first day, Leicestershire scored 331 with Greg Smith scoring 108. Leics were 321-5 at one stage but Dan Cumming who had taken two earlier wickets came back and took 4-11 in four overs to finish with 6-55 - a career best.
Graeme White had 3-75. Charlie Shreck took 1-70 but his figures were not a true reflection on his efforts from 20 overs.
The second day was curtailed by rain and thunderstorms with Notts closing on 125-4 with Mark Nelson 39 not out.
Notts declared overnight 206 behind and with the help of some friendly bowling from Shafayat and Matthew Wood Leics declared on 129-2 to set up the run chase.