September 25, 2022
Recent Match Report – Leeks vs Durham 2022

Durham 296 (Jones 97, Maddinson 56, Parkinson 3-56) and beat 108 for 3 wickets (Jones 50, Maddinson 31*) Leicestershire 202 (Potts 6-52) and 198 (Kimber 75, Potts 7-49) by seven wickets

LV = Durham needed only 37 minutes to secure a seven-wicket win over Leicestershire after another difficult week in the Insurance County Championship.

Michael Jones, who was three runs short of a first innings century, added a half-century in 58 balls before Durham effectively won within eight seasons, after rain washed away more than two-thirds of the opening day.

Nick Maddinson, Australian international, remained unbeaten on 31 after driving Michael Finnan to the winning boundary in the ninth over of the final morning, ensuring that England pacer Matthew Potts’ outstanding performance of 13 wickets in the match The reason was in the victory.

Durham has had a poor 2022 performance. It was his second red-ball success of the season, finishing at the bottom or next-bottom of his group in both white-ball competitions.

Yet they have always had the scale of Leicestershire, who are in danger of suffering a fourth winless season in the past 10 years.

Departed for 202 in the first innings after Durham won the toss, Potts took six for 52, Leicestershire posted a first innings total of 94 before being bowled out for 198 in the second innings despite Louis Kimber’s 75 .

Potts was a better performer than the first innings, taking seven for 49, registering a second innings total of 10 wickets or more in a match with a career-best total of 13 for 101.

Chasing a modest 105 for victory after Potts took Leicestershire’s final wicket on Wednesday afternoon, Durham scored 54 for two, with Jones conceding four off the first ball of the day to finish the job quickly. indicated his intention.

Jones, who played a few Second XI matches for Leicestershire in 2017, completed his second half-century of the match off 57 balls when he forced Chris Wright through cover for his eighth boundary.

Wright outlined the story of the match, stating that it was a pitch on which no batsman had ever felt comfortable for long, hitting Jones back by bowling the next ball, yet it was an impetus for the home side. was no more than a fleeting moment.

New batsman David Bedingham was close to being dismissed in the next over when he hit Finnon in the air near the fielder at midwicket, but settled for two more boundaries in the over with a classic cover drive.

In his second first-class match at the age of 26, left-arm pacer Finnan bowled an impressive spell to pick up two quick wickets on Wednesday evening. He could not stop Durham’s progress this time but he made a good impression in the match.

Sol Budinger, who made his first-class debut after his move from Nottinghamshire, caught the eye with a first-innings half-century and Tom Scriven, a right-arm seamer who was picked up by Leicestershire from Hampshire last winter, also showed some promise His first class bow.

Yet these were minor pieces of comfort for the Foxes, who have two more chances – at home next week against Middlesex and for Derbyshire in the last week of the season – to avoid another void in the win column.

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