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Day 3 of 3
Worcestershire won by 10 wickets.

Leics vs Worcs

Foxes given Royal hammering

Pears breeze to second win of season at Grace Road

Nixon: Plucky 92 couldn't prevent heavy defeat

LV County Championship - Division Two
Grace Road
Leicestershire 120 (S P Jones 5-30) & 346 (P A Nixon 92, C W Henderson 54, Kabir Ali 4-87) v Worcestershire 379 (V S Solanki 108, B F Smith 76, G J P Kruger 4-85, M N Malik 4-107) & 92-0
Worcestershire (21pts) beat Leicestershire (3pts) by 10 wkts

Worcestershire romped to their second LV County Championship Division Two win of the season with a 10-wicket win over Leicestershire with a day to spare at Grace Road.

Despite a typically gritty innings of 92 from captain Paul Nixon, Leicestershire were dismissed for 346 in their second innings - leaving Worcestershire a simple victory target of 88.

Openers Steven Moore and Daryl Mitchell saw the visitors home to a 21-point success, with Moore clinching victory with a six off Claude Henderson.

It was second-placed Leicestershire's first defeat of the season - and a return of only three points from the game put the brake on their push for promotion.

But with Nixon leading the way they showed plenty of fight to extend their second innings through to the tea interval after starting the third day on 138-4

Despite wickets falling at the other end, Leicestershire continued to fight and went passed their follow-on target of 259 with Nixon and Henderson sharing an eighth wicket stand of 103.

Henderson contributed 54 to the partnership of 103 before Gareth Andrew produced a fine delivery which hit the top of the off-stump.

Nixon, within sight of his first century of the season, fell to the same bowler when he was caught down the leg side by wicket-keeper Steve Davies having batted for four-and-a-half hours for his 92.

Andrew also claimed the final wicket having Garnett Kruger caught at cover and finished with 3-61, while Kabir Ali took 4-87.

Moore and Mitchell had little trouble scoring the runs needed with Moore hitting three sixes off Henderson and Mitchell clearing the ropes with a top edge off Smith - Moore finishing on 46 not out and Mitchell unbeaten on 40.

Day Two

Worcestershire remain well on course for their second LV County Championship win of the season after skipper Vikram Solanki helped his side amass a first-innings lead of 259 at Grace Road.

Leicestershire finished the second day reeling on 138-4, still needing another 121 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

The hosts would have been in even worse trouble but for an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 53 between James Allenby and skipper Paul Nixon.

Starting the day at 175-2, Worcestershire made steady progress through the first two sessions with Solanki taking five overs to score the seven runs he needed for his second century of the season and the 23rd of his career.

But the Worcestershire captain was out five balls later caught down the leg side off Garnett Kruger for 108, which included 16 fours and a six.

Ben Smith, against his former county, also did well with a fluent 76 before being bowled by Kruger having faced 142 balls and hit seven fours and a six.

Gareth Andrew made a championship best 33 as the Worcestershire tail added valuable runs before being last man out right on the tea interval with the total at 379.

Both Kruger and Nadeem Malik claimed four wickets apiece - but the day belonged to Worcestershire.

Day One

Leicestershire's promotion push was dented on day one at Grace Road as Worcestershire took a firm grip on the game.

Former England paceman Simon Jones continued his impressive return to form and fitness with 5-30 as the hosts were skittled out for just 120, after being asked to bat by Worcestershirte captain Vikram Solanki.

Kabir Ali weighed in with three wickets as just four Leicestershire batsmen reached double figures, Jacques de Toit top-scoring with 21.

But the visitors quickly showed that the pitch was no minefield as they piled on 175-2 in reply.

Solanki provided the bedrock of the innings with an unbeaten 93 that included 13 fours and a six and he will be looking to build up a big lead on day two with eight wickets in hand.

Match Details

29th Jun 2008
Grace Road, Leicester
N L Bainton and M J Harris