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Leics vs Gloucs

Grace Road tie washed out

Rain wins the day in Leicestershire

Lewis: Two wickets

LV County Championship - Division Two
Grace Road
Gloucestershire 281 (Kadeer Ali 113, W T S Porterfield 66, G J P Kruger 5-47) & 198-4 dec (C G Taylor 76 no, H J H Marshall 66) v Leicestershire 169-4 dec (J J Cobb 51 no) & 110-4
Leicestershire (7pts) drew with Gloucestershire (7pts)

Leicestershire's LV County Championship Division Two game against Gloucestershire at Grace Road was abandoned as a draw after rain swept in during the tea interval with the home side on 110-4 chasing a victory target of 311.

Gloucestershire had declared at 198-4 in their second innings as both teams pushed to produce a positive result.

Leicestershire were left with 80 overs in which to reach their target, but they quickly slumped to 36-4 as Jon Lewis took two wickets in a strong 13-over spell.

Joshua Cobb and Paul Nixon led a Foxes revival, before the weather intervened at tea forcing an abandonment an hour later.

Day three

South African paceman Garnett Kruger led the Leicestershire fightback as Gloucestershire lost seven wickets for 52 runs at Grace Road.

Kruger finished with figures of 5-47 as the visitors crumbled from 229-3 to 281 all out before teenager Joshua Cobb made an unbeaten 51 before stumps on day three.

The match looks almost certain to end as a draw, however, Leicestershire captain Paul Nixon has at least attempted to make something of the game by declaring 112 runs behind Gloucestershire.

Kruger struck four further times on day three during an inspired spell which eventually left Alex Gidman stranded on 46 not out.

Chris Taylor (16), David Brown (0), Richard Dawson (3) and Jon Lewis (0) all perished to Kruger before compatriot Dillon du Preez took three late wickets to complete the collapse.

The home side's response got off to a dreadful start when Matt Boyce edged through to Steve Snell off Lewis for just two.

Greg Smith and HD Ackerman began rebuilding the innings before the former was trapped in front by Brown for 20.

And when Jacques du Toit fell for just one shortly after, Gloucestershire sensed a route through to their first LV County Championship win of the season.

However, the impressive Cobb and Nixon (47 not out) held firm in a stand of 98 to ensure the Foxes look well set to avoid what could have been an embarrassing defeat.

Day two

Gloucestershire enjoyed their best opening partnership of the season and then lost three wickets for seven runs as they finished day two on 223-3 against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

After the entire first day was washed out due to heavy rain, rock-bottom Gloucestershire were intent on making steady progress after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Despite the ball swinging and seaming around in the early stages, opening batsmen Kadeer Ali and Will Porterfield negotiated the conditions admirably.

The pair put on 186 for the first wicket, Kadeer the aggressor as he made his second championship century of the season off 184 balls - bringing up the milestone with a sweetly struck six off Claude Henderson.

The partnership reached 150 to better the stand between Porterfield and Craig Spearman against Warwickshire earlier in the season, but was finally broken 16 runs later.

Cobb, an occasional leg-spinner, was brought on and after being hit for a six off his second ball by Kadeer, the 18-year-old got his revenge as he had him caught behind by Paul Nixon off the next delivery for 113 off 193 balls.

In his next over Cobb struck again, this time bowling Porterfield as he tried to sweep.

The Gloucester collapse continued when Marshall offered no shot to a ball from Kruger and was given leg before wicket, giving Leicestershire three wickets for seven runs in the space of four overs to turn the game on its head.

But Alex Gidman (13 not out) and Chris Taylor (15no) saw things through to the close with the visitors on 223-3 at stumps.

Day one

The opening day of the division two clash between Leicestershire and Gloucestershire was called off after lunch without a ball being bowled.

Umpires Jeff Evans and Barry Leadbeater needed only a cursory look before deciding that there could be no play with the ground once again saturated after heavy overnight and early morning rain.

The Grace Road outfield was still recovering from Sunday's deluge that had seen the NatWest Pro 40 clash with Northamptonshire called off.

Match Details

Date
9th - 10th Sep 2008
Toss
Venue
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires
J H Evans and B Leadbeater

leics BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Boyce c Marshall b Lewis 0
Smith b Brown 7
Ackerman lbw b Kirby 0
du Toit lbw b Lewis 23
J.J. Cobb not out 31
Nixon not out 38
Extras 2w, 4b, 5lb 11
Total 48.0 Overs 110 - 4
Full Batting Card

gloucs BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Lewis 13 11 9 2
Kirby 12 2 20 1
Brown 9 2 31 1
Banerjee 9 3 28 0
Dawson 5 1 13 0
Full Bowling Card