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Boyce leads the way after Taylor five-for

Date: Thursday 30 August 2012

Leicestershire produced a good batting display on a rain reduced third day of the LV=CC game against Kent.

Kent moved to 350-8d with Brendan Nash the last man dismissed for 119 while Rob Taylor claimed his maiden first-class five wicket haul.

Matthew Boyce dropped anchor at number four with 78 not out and shared important stands of 93 and 64* with Will Jones (48) and Josh Cobb (31*) as the team replied with 171-3.

Leicestershire will therefore resume the final day trailing by 179 with seven first innings wickets intact.

Heavy morning rain, coupled with the deluges from yesterday, meant that play wasn’t able to start until 2.30pm after several inspections from umpires Michael Gough and George Sharp.

Kent resumed on 322-6 and had a substitution as James Tredwell was called up to the England ODI squad. Adam Riley was the nominated change while Matt Coles came in to bat alongside Brendan Nash.

The visitors started with intent as Nash cut seven runs from the first full over of the day and the batsman then drove through mid-on for four. Coles swept for four in Naik’s second offering before launching into two full-blooded drives in the next over as Kent recorded a fourth batting point.

However, Taylor (19-2-91-5) gained revenge with the last ball of the over as he had the batsman caught by Ned Eckersley looking for another driven boundary. Nash then followed to the next ball to an Alex Wyatt catch as he looked to launch Naik and that prompted a declaration.

There was an early blow as Michael Thornely nicked Charlie Shreck’s second ball to Geraint Jones. Eckersley had a tough examination from the former Nottinghamshire man but found time to drive through backward point for four before striking to the fence through mid-off.

But the keeper became Shreck’s second victim as Darren Stevens took a tremendous left-handed catch at second slip. The ball looked as though it was heading for four but the former Leicestershire man dived to take a low effort.

Leicestershire were in trouble on 14-2 and Stevens could have had a couple of wickets himself as the session developed. Boyce nicked in his first over and Jones edged in his third but Coles put down the first chance at second slip while Geraint Jones couldn't hang on to the second one.

Jones regained composure to drive two successive fours immediately after his reprieve while Boyce twice drove through the off-side in what turned out to be the last over of Shreck’s first spell. Jones cut through backward point to register his third four and the stand then passed fifty as the opener nicked through the cordon.

Leicestershire moved to 70-2 at tea and the batsmen continued to pick off the bad ball after the break. Boyce cut away for four while Jones drove to the ropes and also guided down to the third man boundary.

Boyce drove down the ground as the 100 came up but Jones fell two shy of a maiden Leicestershire 50 as Stevens pocketed another catch at slip, this time off Coles. Cobb opened his boundary account with a cover drive and Boyce then moved to an 84-ball 50 with his fifth four, a cover drive.

Cobb produced a terrific pull off Shreck to record another four while the batsman hit two fours through mid-off and a six back over Shreck’s head in his next over as he raced onto 25. Boyce also twice drove for four as the stand continued to flourish; it went beyond 50 as Boyce pulled through square leg.

Riley bowled a good spell and Shreck then switched ends but Cobb was still winning that particular battle as he drilled over mid-on. The duo then batted sensibly in the closing stages to ensure there was no further loss.


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