Leicester Gents

Four wickets for debutant Mike Plant, plus an Imps career best 40 for PS2 failed to prevent the Leicester Gents dominating a drawn game at K&D.

Wellesbourne medium-pacer Plant struck twice shortly before lunch, to reduce the visitors to 110-4 off 31 overs at the interval. But a fine fifth wicket partnership of 78 between Fowler and Moult seized the initiative after the break, and the Gents held firmly onto it to the end of an enjoyable and well-contested match.

PS2's useful 40, from 63 balls with six fours, rebuilt an Imps reply that had floundered badly at 24-3, but after his dismissal at 130-7 was quickly followed by that of Plant, the captain and Tom Grundy survived 12 overs for a draw.

M. Swann's elegant 57 was by a distance the best knock of the day, and with Fowler (49), Moult (30) and Bendall (36*) all contributing effectively in the middle order, the Gents recovered from their pre-lunch wobble to a competitive 239-6 from 56 overs.

Plant finished with 4-63 from 15.5 tidy overs of gentle inswing, while Tom Grundy again bowled well, but without luck.

The loss of big guns Sean Morris and Sam Reddish before tea was a major blow to the Imps' hopes, as Halley produced a lively opening spell for the Gents.

Debutant keeper Alex Fisher played some nice shots in his run-a-ball 27, while Stratford duo Will Noble and Boris Douthwaite both got in, but failed to go on.

The Gents six man attack bowled with great accuracy, as Halley, Sheppard and Bendall claimed two wickets apiece. With so few "freebies" around, the Imps were left with little option but to settle for a draw, which was duly achieved with the minimum of fuss.