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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Leics vs Northants

County Championship: Rain ensures draw between Leicestershire and Northants

Steven Crook: Northants seamer claimed two wickets in two balls on final day

Joe Burns: Leicestershire's Australian was dismissed for 77 by Andrew Hall

Leicestershire's County Championship Division Two game against top-of-the-table Northamptonshire at Grace Road ended in a draw after rain reduced the final day's play to just 36.1 overs.

In that time, Leicestershire advanced from 142-3 to 238-6, leaving them 329 behind Northants' mammoth first-innings score of 567-7 declared.

But poor weather on the final two days denied Northants the chance of victory, and they had to settle for nine points from the match with Leicestershire collecting five.

Despite two brief stoppages in the morning session, Northants bowled 30 overs claiming one wicket as Leicestershire added 81 runs. Andrew Hall accounted for Australian Joe Burns, who made 77 off 133 balls, with a six and 10 fours.

Michael Thornely joined Matt Boyce in a fifth-wicket stand of 77, twice hitting off spinner James Middlenbrook for six - the first a slog-sweep and the next a sweetly timed straight drive.

Delay

Leicestershire went into lunch on 223-4 but rain delayed the restart for 80 minutes.

When play did get under way again Steven Crook struck with two wickets in two balls. Thornley, four runs short of a half- century, edged behind and the next delivery saw Rob Taylor provide wicket-keeper David Murphy with another catch.

Jigar Naik prevented the hat-trick by clipping the next ball through mid-wicket for two runs.

Crook then took the new ball, but bowled only one delivery before another deluge sent the teams off the field for the final time, with the game abandoned as a draw during the tea interval.

Boyce finished 40 not out off 127 balls. It was bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire's seventh draw in eight matches.

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Match Details

Date
11th - 14th Jun 2013
Toss
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires
S J Steve, M J D Martin

leics BATTING CARD

Batsman R
G.P. Smith c&b Daggett 9
N.J. O'Brien c Murphy b Willey 0
J.A. Burns b Hall 77
M.A.G. Boyce Not out 40
M.A. Thornely c Murphy b Crook 46
R.M.L. Taylor c Murphy b Crook 0
J.K.H. Naik Not out 2
Extras 14nb, 7lb 21
Total 80.1 Overs 238 - 6
Full Batting Card

northants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
D.J. Willey 17 3 60 1
L.M. Daggett 16 5 34 1
S.P. Crook 18.1 6 61 2
A.J. Hall 17 4 42 1
J.D. Middlebrook 12 5 34 1
Full Bowling Card