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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Gloucs vs Leics

Gloucs denied in thriller

Late wickets scupper run chase at Cheltenham

Claude Henderson: figures of 4-80 kept Gloucs in check

James Fuller: previous highest first-class knock was just 24

Gloucestershire failed to make the most of their chances as they were held to a draw by Leicestershire at Cheltenham.

The home side was set 222 in 53 overs to win the Division Two clash but they were unable to convert a target of 47 runs in the final 10, falling short by 13 with two wickets remaining.

Leicestershire's batsmen dug in during the first half of the day with Ramnaresh Sarwan getting within seven runs of a century before falling to the occasional bowling of Benny Howell.

But they were able to set a reasonable target on what had turned into a tricky pitch thanks to valuable innings of 21 from Wayne White and 27 from Claude Henderson.

And it was Henderson who shone with the ball as well, taking 4-80 and stifling Gloucestershire's hopes with his closing spell.

They appeared to be in a good position at 148-2 but soon lost Alex Gidman for 62, which came off only 55 balls, and Dan Housego for 50.

Robbie Joseph grabbed a couple of wickets to turn the game and Henderson accounted for Ed Young and Ian Saxelby to leave Gloucestershire in trouble with three overs remaining.

But, rather than risk defeat, the ninth-wicket pair of James Fuller and David Payne played for the close and secured seven points to six for the Foxes.

Day three

James Fuller made a maiden first-class half-century as Gloucestershire moved into a promising position in their Division Two match against Leicestershire at Cheltenham.

The Foxes, who began the third day with their first innings on 40-2, went on to make 162 before reducing the hosts to 132-7.

However, from there, Fuller and Ed Young put on 95 in 21.4 overs and helped the hosts secure a first innings lead of 67.

Fuller, whose previous highest first-class knock was just 24, made 57 from 66 balls and hitting four boundaries in the process.

Young's more patient 37 came off 81 deliveries and before stumps were drawn on day three, Leicestershire had moved on to 142-5.

Young collected a brace of these wickets in the final session to leave the visitors with a lead of just 75 with one more day to come.

Day Two

Ian Saxelby took career-best figures 6-48 as Gloucestershire dismissed Leicestershire for 162 in their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Cheltenham.

West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan top-scored for Leicestershire with 50 and his fifth-wicket stand of 57 with Matthew Boyce was the highest of the innings.

Saxelby had Greg Smith caught behind off a defensive edge and uprooted Michael Thornely's middle stump, before Ned Eckerlsey popped up a return catch to Liam Norwell.

Sarwan, who played for Gloucestershire in 2005, and Cobb put on 48 for the fourth wicket before the latter sliced a drive off James Fuller and was caught by Ed Young at point for 23.

Three overs later, Young dropped a difficult low chance at point to reprieve Sarwan on 28 off Saxelby, and the Guyanese batsman continued his impressive run of form by progressing to a 94-ball half-century, which contained eight boundaries.

Boyce made 22 before he gloved the last ball before tea from David Payne to wicketkeeper Jon Batty before Leicestershire slumped to 127-6 when Sarwan was bowled by a superb inswinger from Payne as he tried to work the ball on the leg-side.

Wayne White hit a brisk 22 before edging Saxelby to second slip. The seam bowler struck twice in successive balls when he had Paul Dixey caught behind and Robbie Joseph taken at first slip by Alex Gidman. He also dismissed Buck to finish off Leicestershire for 162.

Buck had better luck with the ball when, in the seventh over of Gloucestershire's innings, Howell gave a chest-high catch to Smith at first slip and the home side finished the day on 40-2 when Dan Housego was bowled by Claude Henderson.

Day one

No play was possible at Cheltenham on the opening day of Gloucestershire's LV= County Championship Division Two match with Leicestershire.

Umpires Nigel Cowley and Jeff Evans decided at 1.30pm that the College Ground was too saturated for there to be any chance of getting play started.

Gloucestershire have now lost four out of seven days at this year's Cheltenham Festival to wet weather and two of the other three were also disupted by rain.

Match Details

Date
18th - 21st Jul 2012
Toss
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
College Ground
Umpires
N G C Cowley and J H Evans

gloucs BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Batty c Boyce b Henderson 38
Howell c Dixey b White 5
Housego c Dixey b R.H. Joseph 50
Gidman c Henderson 62
Marshall c Smith b R.H. Joseph 23
Cockbain c Dixey b R.H. Joseph 2
Fuller not out 18
E.G.C. Young c Henderson 1
Saxelby c Smith b Henderson 3
D.A. Payne not out 0
Extras 4nb, 1w, 2lb 7
Total 53.0 Overs 209 - 8
Full Batting Card

leics BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Buck 9 5 22 0
R.H. Joseph 13 2 36 3
White 6 0 42 1
J.J. Cobb 1 0 5 0
Henderson 21 5 80 4
M.A. Thornely 3 0 22 0
Full Bowling Card