Foxes suffer setback to impressive Pears

RESULT | Leicestershire CCC 302 & 233 lost to Worcestershire CCC 553 for six declared by an innings & 18 runs

SCORECARD | Available from CricInfo HERE

POINTS | Leicestershire CCC 4 points, Worcestershire CCC 24 points

REACTION | Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at the end of the game. The full interview is available HERE

REPORT | Colin Ackermann and Tom Taylor each recorded a half-century but Worcestershire CCC continued their impressive performance to inflict a first Specsavers County Championship defeat of 2019 on the Foxes.

As the final day got underway at the Fischer County Ground, the visitors were in a commanding position, and the first aim for Leicestershire CCC was to negate the opening exchanges.

But Worcestershire CCC came out firing on all cylinders, taking three wickets in the first five overs.

The visitors form continued throughout the first session, as 20 minutes into the 30-minute extension before lunch, Charlie Morris took his seventh wicket of the innings, the final Foxes wicket to fall.

Chris Wright had assumed the role of nightwatchman again, as he did in the first innings following Hassan Azad’s dismissal with seven overs left of the third day.

Colin Ackermann was approaching his half-century and who held the majority of the hope that the Foxes had going into the final day.

The fifth wicket of the innings was taken as Wright was bowled by Josh Tongue, who sent the middle stump out with a fine delivery.

Harry Dearden replaced Wright and suffered a similar fate, losing his leg stump on this occasion to Tongue’s bowling partner, Morris. Wicket-keeper Lewis Hill came in and was caught behind by captain Ben Cox off Morris, who was completing his five-for.

No.5 batsman Ackermann was still at the crease and trying to inject some momentum into the final day for the Foxes as he brought up his 127-ball  half-century with a smart sweep down to square-leg for a single.

Tom Taylor came in and had an excellent partnership with Ackermann as the Foxes moved towards making Worcestershire CCC bat again.

With lunch approaching, and the first milestone in sight for the Foxes, Ackermann (69) was caught behind by Cox from the bowling of Whiteley. Ackermann set himself for a drive and nicked it through to the wicketkeeper.

Ben Mike (6) came in and spent 21 minutes at the crease, registering his first four of the game bounce over the rope.

The next ball, though, was Mike’s final delivery as he nicked Morris to third slip Tom Fell who was on hand to comfortably catch - and Morris had taken his sixth wicket of the innings.

Leicestershire CCC’s ninth wicket to fall meant that play was extended by 30 minutes before the interval for lunch, and Worcestershire needed 20 of them to find the final wicket.

The wicket was Tom Taylor – who moments before had just earned an excellent 50 from 85 balls (7x4) – was caught by Whiteley from the bowling of Morris, who finished with a career-best seven for 45.

It meant that Worcestershire CCC had ran out winners by an innings and 18 runs, and the Foxes now turn their attentions to the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup with a trip to face Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley on Wednesday.

TEAM | Horton (capt), Javid, Azad, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Dearden, Hill (wk), Taylor, Mike, Wright, Davis.

Worcs CCC | Mitchell, Fell, D’Oliveira, Rutherford, Wessels, Whiteley, Cox (capt & wk), Barnard, Parnell, Tongue, Morris.

IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallett of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game.

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