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County Championship: Leicestershire top order battles hard on rain-hit day three

Greg Smith: Leicestershire opener advanced to 62 not out on day three

Mike Reed: Glamorgan seamer claimed the only wicket to fall on day three

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Leicestershire's battle to salvage a draw from their County Championship Division Two game against Glamorgan was boosted by bad weather and their best opening stand of the season on day three at Grace Road.

Greg Smith, dropped twice, was 62 not out at the close with Leicestershire - who followed on 300 runs behind - on 133-1 in their second innings, still 167 adrift.

A total of 54.4 overs were lost on a rain-hit day but Smith and Michael Thornely shared a partnership of 93 to lead the home side's bid to save the game. More rain is forecast for the final day.

The start was delayed for 35 minutes because of an early-morning shower, with Leicestershire asked to bat again after being bowled out for 142 in reply to Glamorgan's 442-9 declared.

When play did get underway Smith and Thornely showed far more resistance than in the first innings, when both of them were back in the pavilion inside four overs.


Both played some positive strokes, bringing up the 50 stand in the 15th over. They rode their luck at times and Smith was given a life on 27 when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Mark Wallace off left-arm seamer Graham Wagg.

At lunch the openers had both scored 42 to take Leicestershire to 88 without loss. But it was another four hours before play could resume as the rain swept in.

Thornely was soon out after adding just one more run, trapped lbw for 43 by Leicester-born paceman Michael Reed.

After yet another stoppage for rain, Smith reached his 50 off 97 balls with eight fours, but was then dropped again by Wallace off Wagg on 60.

Ned Eckersley was also put down by Stewart Walters at slip off the unlucky Wagg before he had scored.

Eckersley then dug in and was still there on 23 when bad light ended play with Leicestershire still facing an uphill battle to prevent a Glamorgan victory, although more rain is forecast for the final day.