Indians in county cricket

Dinesh Mongia's season with Leicestershire

Cricinfo staff

Dinesh Mongia, who enjoyed a successful stint with Lancashire last year, has been signed up by Leicestershire for 2005. Cricinfo tracks his performances through the season.

Dinesh Mongia: Will the current county season fetch him as much success as the previous one? © Getty Images

June 11 - Leicestershire v Australians
Leicestershire 226 for 8 (Mongia 21) lost to Australians 321 for 4 by 95 runs

Leicestershire were never in the hunt as the Australians romped to an emphatic victory on the back of a century from Matthew Hayden (107) and significant contributions from Damien Martyn (85) and Andrew Symonds (92 from just 59 balls). Mongia was as ineffectual as the rest of the attack, conceding 49 from his eight overs. In response, Leicestershire could manage only 226 for 8, with Mongia contributing a rapid 21 before being caught off Brad Hogg's bowling.

June 5 - National League
Leicestershire 217 for 4 (Mongia 75) beat Somerset 146 (Mongia 4-12) by 71 runs

Mongia engineered Leicestershire's thumping win over Somerset at Oakham School Ground with a fantastic allround show. His 72-ball 75, including seven fours and a six, set up a fighting target and Somerset, after a decent opening partnership, capitulated for a mere 146 while chasing. Mongia played a crucial role with the ball too and ended with magical figures of 4 for 12 in his seven overs.

June 1-4 - Frizzell County Championship
Leicestershire 338 (Mongia 26) drew with Somerset 105 and 225 for 3

Leicestershire dominated the drawn game, but without a significant contribution from Mongia, who only made 26 in a total of 338.

May 30 - National League
Leicestershire 146 (Mongia 6) lost to Derbyshire 147 for 4 by 6 wickets

Derbyshire turned the tables on Leicestershire this time, eking out a four-wicket win at Derby. Mongia fell early, making just 6 as the team slumped to 55 for 6 before limping to 146. With such a total on the board, the result was never in doubt.

May 26-29 - Frizzell County Championship
Leicestershire 279 (Mongia 51) and 258 for 6 (Mongia 47) beat Derbyshire 251 and 285 by 4 wickets

Mongia got starts in both innings as Leicestershire notched up an impressive win against Derbyshire. In the first innings, he made 51 and offered fine support to Darren Robinson, who made 110. In the second, with Leicestershire needing a challenging 258 to win, Mongia chipped in with a vital 47 after the team had slumped to 48 for 3. With the rest of the middle order contributing as well, Leicestershire won by four wickets.

May 17 - C&G Trophy
Leicestershire 152 (Mongia 5) lost to Warwickshire 235 (Mongia 1-30) by 83 runs

Leicestershire were at the wrong end of a run-chase this time, as they fell well short of their quest for 236. Mongia did well with the ball, taking 1 for 30 from 10 overs, but failed in his main job, scoring just 5 before becoming one of three victims for Dougie Brown.

May 15 - National League
Leicestershire 194 for 9 (Mongia 67) beat Surrey 134 (Mongia 4-15) by 60 runs

A superb all-round performance by Mongia gave Leicestershire a convincing win at Grace Road against Surrey. Mongia scored 67 off 86 balls even as his team-mates struggled - no-one managed more than 22. Then, he starred with the ball as well, taking 4 for 15, including the scalp of Mark Ramprakash, Surrey's top-scorer with 34. In the end, Leicestershire defended a low score with plenty to spare.

May 11-14 - Frizzell County Championship
Leicestershire 278 (Mongia 0) and 276 (Mongia 70) lost to Yorkshire 151 and 406 for 4 by 6 wickets

Mongia shrugged off a first-ball duck in the first innings with a well-compiled 70 in the second, but it wasn't enough to prevent Leicestershire from suffering yet another defeat. Batting at No. 3, Mongia was trapped in front by Ian Harvey in the first innings, but top-scored with a 115-ball effort in the second. It should have won his team the game, but Yorkshire pulled off a magnificent run-chase, getting 406 in the fourth innings.

May 6-9 - Frizzell County Championship
Leicestershire 220 (Mongia 6) and 332 (Mongia 39) lost to Essex 362 and 191 for 4 by 6 wickets

Mongia's first match in the four-day county championship ended in disappointment for him and his team. Mongia made 6 and 39 as Leicestershire went down by six wickets against Essex at Chelmsford.

May 4 - C&G Trophy
Leicestershire 96 for 7 (Mongia 0) beat Somerset 94 by 2 wickets

A fifth-ball duck for Mongia, but victory for Leicestershire as they scraped through in a tense low-scoring battle at Grace Road. Somerset were bundled out for 94, with Sanath Jayasuriya, Somerset's overseas player, making a duck as well. Leicestershire were struggling at 53 for 6, but some lower-order resistance pulled them through.

May 1 - National League
Leicestershire 211 for 8 (Mongia 16) lost to Somerset 213 for 2 by 8 wickets

Mongia thumped 16 from ten balls with three fours, but then fell as Leicestershire's batsmen disappointed, scoring only 211 for 8. Somerset overhauled the target without many problems.

April 24 - National League
Leicestershire 214 for 8 (Mongia 62) lost to Kent 150 for 4 (van Jaarsveld 69*) by 6 runs (D/L method)

Mongia got off to a fine start to the season, scoring 62 off 76 balls in the 45-over one-day match against Kent. Mongia was the only batsman from the side to score a half-century as Leicestershire put up 214 for 8, but Martin van Jaarsveld swung the game Kent's way with an unbeaten 69.