Foxes bowlers dominate on final day

RESULT | Match drawn: Leicestershire CCC 277-6 dec and 3-0 v Loughborough MCCU 155, Day 3 of 3

SCORECARD | Available through ESPN Cricinfo

REACTION | All-rounder Neil Dexter spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at stumps

REPORT | Gavin Griffiths led a highly disciplined bowling Leicestershire CCC bowling performance as Loughborough MCCU were bowled out for 155 on the final day of the university fixture at the Fischer County Ground.

Griffiths claimed 4 for 44 as Leicestershire CCC claimed a first innings lead of 122 and the Foxes were 3 without loss after a couple of deliveries of the second innings when conditions forced the match to end just into the final session.

Conditions were somewhat cooler and gloomier than on day two with the floodlights in use for the majority of proceedings.

Muhammad Abbas, who this morning celebrated being called up to the Pakistan squad touring Ireland and England, opened the bowling with Griffiths.

The seamer made the perfect start to the day by taking two wickets in two balls in his first over. Andy Rishton was the first man to fall as he played on to his stumps attempting a drive and Charlie Thurston fell leg before wicket.

Loughborough MCCU captain Adam Tillcock joined opening batsman Hasan Azad and the pair battled hard in what were testing conditions. 

Tillcock and Azad put on 61 for the fifth wicket and looked like they had got through to lunch. Abbas was given the ball for a little burst before the interval and the quick bowler dismissed Tillcock with a superb delivery, uprooting the captain’s middle stump to leave the score at 78 for 5.

Nick Hammond joined opener Azad, who was sticking around and playing patiently. Azad lost his partner 40 minutes after the interval; Hammond was caught smartly at second slip by Colin Ackermann off the bowling of Griffiths.

Azad’s resistance was ended with the batsman two short of a half-century when Callum Parkinson dismissed him courtesy of a superb catch by Ben Raine at short mid-wicket. Parkinson consistently looked a threat as he turned the ball significantly.

Soon after Azad was out, Rob Sehmi was dismissed by Griffiths as he got a touch to a rising delivery down the leg-side.

Will Pereira and Chris Sanders, who bowled well yesterday, also showed promise with the bat before becoming the final wickets to fall. Pereira (19) edged a Parkinson delivery to Ned Eckersley while Sanders (16) was bowled by Raine.

Leicestershire CCC did not enforce the follow-on and started their second innings following a brief stoppage for rain and bad light. But play was shortlived; Michael Carberry clipped the second delivery for three before the players left the field for the final time for the same reasons shortly after 4pm.

FIGURES | Abbas 14-4-32-2, Griffiths 14-3-44-4, Raine 10.5-4-18-2, Dexter 8-1-19-0, Parkinson 16-6-28-2.

PHOTO | Thanks to John Mallett for the photograph of Gavin Griffiths bowling today.

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