Cosgrove makes 38* on shortened day

Leicestershire versus Gloucestershire, Specsavers County Championship, Day 1:

SCORECARD | Available through ESPN Cricinfo HERE

INTERVIEW | Mark Cosgrove spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at stumps, the interview is available HERE

HIGHLIGHTS | The highlights of the first day will be available HERE

REPORT | by Harry Josephs

Captain Mark Cosgrove struck an unbeaten 38 as Leicestershire moved to 90 for 4 on a shortened first day of the Specsavers County Championship game against Gloucestershire at the Fischer County Ground.

Leicestershire showed one change to the side that drew at Kent as left arm seamer Dieter Klein came in for slow left armer Callum Parkinson.

Gloucestershire brought a 12-man squad to Leicester and also opted for a predominantly seam attack with left arm spinner Tom Smith named as the visitors’ twelfth man having played the previous game at Worcestershire.

There were three changes to the visiting side in total as batsman James Bracey and seamers Matt Taylor and Josh Shaw were brought into the XI.

Play was delayed until 1.10pm because of heavy morning rain and Gloucestershire exercised their right to bowl first.

The visitors struck early with Liam Norwell removing Harry Dearden (1), caught low down at second slip by Chris Dent. Michael Carberry (2) followed, again to Norwell, as a forward defensive stroke came off bat and pad before looping to Kieran Noema-Barnett at gully.

Colin Ackermann and captain Cosgrove rebuilt for the Foxes with the skipper looking in fine form, particularly when driving the ball through the off-side.

The score reached 53 before Ackermann was caught behind by Gareth Roderick after getting an inside edge to a Matt Taylor delivery. The batsman struck four boundaries in his bright innings of 22, including a superb on-drive.

Ned Eckersley came in at five and played a sumptuous cover drive to get off the mark. However, his innings ended as a bottom edge from an attempted drive off Josh Shaw went through to Roderick.

The rain returned at 2.50pm and tea was taken with the score at 85 for 4. Cosgrove was on 34 at that point in proceedings, including five fours.

A further five runs were added after the interval before the latest heavy downpour arrived, leaving umpires Jeff Evans and Nigel Cowley no option but to abandon play for the day.

TEAM | Carberry, Dearden, Ackermann, Cosgrove (capt), Eckersley, Dexter, Hill (wk), Raine, Pillans, McKay, Klein.

* Thanks to John Mallett for the photograph of Mark Cosgrove batting today.

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