31st August 2017
County take 12 points from Kent draw
Kent versus Leicestershire, Specsavers County Championship, Day 4:
SCORECARD | Available through ESPN Cricinfo HERE
HIGHLIGHTS | The highlights of the final day will be available HERE
RESULT | Match drawn, Kent 11 points, Leicestershire 12 points
REPORT | Leicestershire took 12 points from a Specsavers County Championship rain-affected draw against promotion-chasing Kent at Canterbury.
The hosts continued to bat on the final morning, and Adam Milne (22 not out) and Imran Qayyum (39) extended their last wicket partnership to 46 as they posted 333 in reply to Leicestershire's 350.
Mark Cosgrove and Colin Ackermann both made 34 as Leicestershire scored 133 for 6 in their second innings on a second successive day that was again affected by the elements.
The entire third day was lost to rain and poor weather returned twice today - just before lunch and during tea - to wipe out another 52 overs and any prospect of either side winning.
Kent resumed their first innings on a glorious morning at the St Lawrence ground at 313 for 9.
Qayyum clipped a trio of fours off his pads and also hit a boundary down the ground as he progressed to 39 before an attempted steer to third man off Clint McKay found its way to a diving Lewis Hill behind the stumps.
It meant that Leicestershire led by 17 runs at the start of their second innings with a minimum of 88 overs remaining in the day.
Michael Carberry flicked off his pads before crashing a full toss through the off-side in collecting a brace of boundaries in the opening over.
But Leicestershire lost both openers to the same manner of dismissal with the score at 14.
Stevens trapped Harry Dearden (4) as the opener opted to play no stroke to a ball that moved back into him while Milne got one to shoot through and rap Carberry (8) on the back pad.
The batsmen then took the attack to Stevens with Ackermann twice off-driving the seamer and Cosgrove smashing over mid-on.
One of the most eventful overs you are likely to see in the Specsavers County Championship followed as Cosgrove scored 24 runs before losing his wicket to Matt Coles.
Two consecutive hits over the top brought four and six, a cover drive raced to the ropes and two successive pulls then went for four and six.
A similar stroke, however, brought about Cosgrove's downfall as a deceptive slower ball flew high off the edge and into the waiting gloves of Sam Billings.
Boundaries continued to flow but a fourth wicket fell before lunch as Ned Eckersley (15) was trapped lbw by a Mitch Claydon delivery that nipped back off the seam.
Leicestershire were 97 for 4 when light rain brought about a slightly early lunch after 21.2 overs, Ackermann hitting five fours in 30 while Neil Dexter was 2 not out.
The precipitation got heavier over the interval and play was not able to restart until 2.50pm with 19 overs having been lost in the 72-minute delay.
Slow left armer Qayyum made a quick double strike as Ackermann was leg before on the sweep while Hill (0) drove to Denly at cover point to leave Leicestershire at 114 for 6.
It meant that Leicestershire held a lead of 131 with four second innings wickets remaining and a minimum of 39.5 overs left in the day.
County needed batsmen to dig in, and Dexter (19 not out) and Ben Raine (11 not out) saw the team through to tea by adding 21 more runs. Leicestershire were 135 for 6 with a minimum of 33 overs remaining at this point.
But more heavy rain arrived at the interval and umpires Martin Saggers and Russell Warren abandoned the game as a draw at 4.20pm.
Leicestershire’s next game is against the West Indies this weekend before a return to Specsavers County Championship action at home to Gloucestershire on Tuesday (10.30am start).
Bowling figures for Leicestershire: McKay 18.5-3-56-1, Raine 19-2-67-2, Dexter 20-7-76-5, Pillans 18-3-67-1, Parkinson 18-4-59-1.