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by Charles Gill
Saeed Ajmal spun Worcestershire to their first Championship victory away from home this season, dismissing Leicestershire for 169 and winning by 234 runs.
The Pakistan mystery spinner took six wickets for just 13 runs in 36 balls during an amazing spell after lunch, condemning Leicestershire to their fourth Championship loss in a row at Grace Road.
Leicestershire started brightly on the final day and the overnight pair of Greg Smith and Angus Robson scored 30 runs inside the first four overs of the day.
Robson was the first wicket to fall when he chopped on to his stumps for 28 off the bowling off Charlie Morris (17-2-75-1) and his fellow opening bowler Jack Shantry (13-3-36-2) accounted for Smith with a full ball to dismiss him lbw for 30.
Ned Eckersley also fell to Shantry for the second time in the match, this time leg before for 18, and when Josh Cobb left a ball that hit his stumps via his body off Joe Leach (7-2-31-1), Leicestershire looked in real trouble at 98-4.
Lunch was taken with the home side on 136-4 with Dan Redfern and Niall O’Brien rebuilding the innings. Redfern came in at number four in place of club Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan because of a back injury that has been troubling the West Indian all season.
Redfern, making his debut for Leicestershire, top-scored in the second innings with 39 from 64 balls including seven boundaries to complete an impressive debut.
After lunch it was the Ajmal (14-7-19-6) show. The off-spinner broke the partnership of Redfern and O’Brien when the latter offered a sharp catch low to Daryl Mitchell’s left which he took spectacularly with one hand to remove the Ireland international for 27.
Ajmal then ripped out Redfern’s leg stump to claim his 40th wicket of the season and his second of the innings. The injured Captain, Sarwan, came out to bat at number eight with Robson as his runner, and was dismissed for a duck as he offered up a catch to Matthew Pardoe at short leg off Ajmal.
Ben Raine then tried sweeping the Pakistan international, only to top-edge the ball skywards and present an easy catch for wicketkeeper Ben Cox.
Former Worcestershire player Richard Jones, on loan from Warwickshire, limped to the wicket at number 10 with Smith as his runner because of an injury picked up yesterday in the field.
Jones offered some resistance, striking Ajmal into the deep twice, but fell to the spinner when he provided Pardoe with his second catch at short leg, giving Ajmal his fourth five-wicket haul of the season.
The final blow came just three balls later when Ajmal trapped Charlie Shreck lbw for a duck to claim his 44th wicket of the Championship season in just seven games.
The team's next LV=CC in the game comes against Surrey at The Oval on Sunday morning (11am start).