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Match Drawn

Leics vs Northants

Dippenaar thwarts Northants

South African hits unbeaten 68 to ensure Grace Road draw

Dippenaar: 68 not out at Grace Road

LV County Championship - Division Two
Grace Road
Northamptonshire 387 (A J Hall 124 no, D J Willey 60, A J Harris 4-106) v Leicestershire 183 (J Allenby 62 no, D S Lucas 4-46, J J van der Wath 4-40) & 174-4 (H H Dippenaar 68 no)
Leicestershire (7pts) drew with Northamptonshire (11pts)

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire played out a draw in their Division Two clash at Grace Road after Boeta Dippenaar's stubborn 68 not out on the final day.

The South African batted for more than three and a half hours and shared a 70-run stand with his captain Paul Nixon to take the home side to 174-4 before the teams shook hands with 16 overs remaining.

After beginning the final day in 150-8, Leicestershire were made to bat again after the visitors claimed the remaining two wickets with the Foxes 55 runs short of their follow-on target.

Steelbacks seamers Johan van der Wath (4-40) and David Lucas (4-46) did the first-innings damage to ensure Leicestershire faced an hour of batting before lunch in their second innings.

The home side reached the interval at 33-1 when van der Wath accounted for Tom New (11), and shortly after the players returned from lunch, Matt Boyce (25) played a rash hook shot at a short pitched ball from David Wigley and gloved a catch to Andrew Hall in the slips.

South African duo Dippenaar and HD Ackerman steadied the Leicestershire ship with a 41-run stand for the third wicket. And despite Hall removing Ackerman (20) and Joshua Cobb (4) in quick succession, Dippenaar and Nixon (39no) stood firm to play out the draw.

Day Three

David Lucas took four wickets as Northamptonshire took control of their Division Two match against Leicestershire on day three at Grace Road.

After no play was possible on day two, Northamptonshire's South African all-rounder Andrew Hall completed his century in the morning as the Steelbacks posted 387 all out in their first innings.

The visitors added 90 runs in 20.1 overs with Hall finishing unbeaten on 124, while Monty Panesar chipped in with a quickfire 24 off 22 balls.

Panesar was unable to contribute with the ball, though, as the Northants seamers took centre stage ripping through the Foxes top order to leave them 19 for five at one stage.

Lucas (four for 38) and Johan van der Wath (three for 35) were the destroyers-in-chief and only an unbeaten 50 from Jim Allenby restored some order for Leicestershire, who finished the day on 150 for eight.

The hosts still require 88 runs to avoid the follow-on with Tom New (duck), Matt Boyce (four) and HD Ackerman (golden duck) all back in the hutch having fallen victim to Van der Wath.

Boeta Dippenaar became the first of four victims for Lucas, meanwhile, who also dismissed Joshua Cobb, given lbw to become the fifth man out in a stunning top-order collapse.

A partnership of 53 between Paul Nixon and Allenby helped relieved some of the pressure on the hosts, but Nixon was then clean-bowled by Hall for 31.

And Lucas snapped up two more wickets before the close, leaving Allenby and Sam Cliff with much work to do if the Foxes are to avoid the follow-on.

Day Two

Inclement weather prevented any action taking place on day two of the LV County Championship Division Two fixture between Leicestershire and Northamptonshire at Grace Road.

Bad light kept the players off prior to lunch, which was taken half an hour early.

Persistent rain then began to fall and umpires Michael Gough and Trevor Jesty took the decision to abandon for the day shortly before 3pm.

Northants all-rounder Andrew Hall must now wait until day three to get the opportunity resume on 95 not out, having led the visitors to 297-6 on the opening day.

Day one

An unbeaten 95 from Andrew Hall and a half-century from teenage debutant David Willey helped Northamptonshire recover from a stuttering start against Leicestershire on the first day of the LV County Championship Division Two season at Grace Road.

Having been put in to bat, the visitors slumped to 111-5 before 19-year-old Willey, son of umpire and former England player Peter Willey, joined Hall in a sixth-wicket stand of 163 to steer Northants to 297-6 by the close.

They therefore regained the initiative after Leicestershire looked to have taken control with a burst of five wickets for 45 runs in 20 overs - despite the absences of injured fast bowler Nadeem Malik and New Zealand paceman Iain O'Brien, who is awaiting visa clearance.

Northants made a solid enough start but the departure of opener Stephen Peters (31) triggered a mini-collapse, with Rob White, Ben Howgego, Nicky Boje and Riki Wessels all falling cheaply prior to the arrivals of Hall and Willey.

Match Details

Date
15th - 18th Apr 2009
Toss
Venue
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires
T E Jesty and M A Gough

leics BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Bashar c Wigley 25
New b Van der Wath 11
Dippenaar not out 68
Ackerman c Howgego b Hall 20
J.J. Cobb lbw b Hall 4
Nixon not out 39
Extras 2nb, 1w, 1b, 3lb 7
Total Close, 63.0 Overs 174 - 4
Full Batting Card

northants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Van der Wath 10 3 19 1
Lucas 10 1 26 0
Panesar 18 3 57 0
Wigley 10 3 35 1
Willey 5 0 22 0
Hall 7 5 5 2
Boje 3 1 6 0
Full Bowling Card