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Leicestershire move to 220-5

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2012

Half-centuries from Greg Smith and Shiv Thakor put Leicestershire in a decent position on a rain-hit second day of the LV=CC game against Gloucestershire.

County moved to 220-5 in the 38.2 overs of play that were possible in reply to the visitors total of 234, Smith making 77 (142b, 13x4) and Thakor posting 68 not out (96b, 11x4).

The duo shared 46 for the fifth wicket while Thakor and Wayne White (20*, 64b, 1x4) added an unbroken 65 for the sixth.

The start was delayed by 15 minutes because of rain and Leicestershire resumed on 94-3 with Smith unbeaten on 47. He duly moved to 50 with his 8th four, a drive through mid-off, from 85 balls.

Smith drove another boundary later that over but a fourth wicket fell in the third over of the day as Josh Cobb was bowled off the inside edge for 11 (20b, 2x4) by Liam Norwell.

The opener again drove through the off-side for four and then played a sumptuous on-drive that registered his 11th boundary. Thakor opened his boundary account by driving off-spinner Jack Taylor through the covers as a stand developed.

Thakor cut beautifully through backward point and swept to the fence while Smith again caressed through the covers as the duo continued to pick off the loose deliveries.

Smith drove Taylor for four as he moved to 77 but fell to a catch at bat-pad by Dan Housego off the spinner with the score on 155. Thakor continued to impress with a terrific on-drive that raced away and a hard-hit sweep.

The youngster then smashed past mid-off before pulling off the back foot as he closed in on 50. Thakor was 48 not out at lunch as County moved to 186-5 and White was unbeaten alongside him.

Thakor then moved to his 50 in the second over after lunch with a swept four, the 8th of his innings, from his 75th delivery. White clipped off his pads to record his first four and Thakor picked up two to register the first batting point.

The stand passed 50 as another on-drive brought Thakor a 10th four and the batsman drove Taylor through point for a further boundary. Rain took the players off the field at 1.50pm and did not relent, so play was abandoned by umpires George Sharp and Ismael Dawood.


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