Javid spearheads Foxes reply

DAY 2 | Leicestershire CCC 180 for four v Worcestershire CCC 553 for six declared

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REPORT | Half-centuries from Ateeq Javid and Mark Cosgrove helped Leicestershire to post 180 for four in reply to Worcestershire’s 553 for six declared on the second day at the Fischer County Ground.

The Foxes’ attack needed to get off to a quick start as they look to gain some ground on Worcestershire CCC after the visitors’ impressive start to the game.

Hamish Rutherford and Ross Whiteley were paired together at the beginning of day two with the New Zealand international having earned his maiden century for the Pears on his Specsavers County Championship debut.

Tom Taylor came flying out of the traps as he dismissed the danger man Rutherford early into the first session, the left-hander being caught behind by Lewis Hill as he ended on 123 for Worcestershire.

The Foxes would have been hoping to use Taylor’s wicket as a springboard to mount a bit of a comeback during the first session of day two.

However, it took an hour until the next wicket fell. This time it was claimed by Ben Mike, who added a second wicket to his figures in his first Specsavers County Championship appearance of the season.

Mike trapped Ross Whiteley lbw with a yorker just as the batsman was on the cusp of earning himself a half-century (49).

With two extra wickets having fallen since the start of the day, the visitors went into lunch with Cox and Ed Barnard going well and their overall score at 469 for six.

The Pears opted to bat on at this point, and Barnard earned himself a half-century from 59 balls, and Cox scored his century of the season (133b, 13x4, 1x6).

Worcestershire then declared, and the Foxes got off to a quick start with captain Paul Horton looking to amass as many runs as possible, hitting three boundaries within the first few overs.

Horton (15) was caught in the slips by Daryl Mitchell who continued his impressive performance into the outfield from the bowling of Josh Tongue. Hassan Azad (1), who batted beautifully the win over Sussex, was then trapped lbw by Morris.

The Foxes were two wickets down in their reply to the visitors, as Cosgrove walked to join Javid at wicket.

Cosgrove started carefully, finding his feet in the middle, before exploding into action by hitting three consecutive boundaries of four, six and four to end the 12th over. Javid kept the streak of fours going in the next over by finding the ropes on two occasions.

The left-hander went on to hit Parnell for 20 - all in boundaries - as he approached his second consecutive fifty in the competition.

Cosgrove’s half-century came after tea in under an hour at the crease, facing 41 balls and hitting 10 fours and a six in the process.  

The Australian was then caught at extra cover by Brett D’Oliveira off Barnard to depart for an excellent 67 off just 76 deliveries.

His replacement, Colin Ackermann (5), was bowled by Tongue, and the Foxes then opted to send in a nightwatchman in Chris Wright.

The final 7.3 overs were played out by the former Warwickshire CCC teammates, as Javid went on to join Cosgrove as a half-centurion with his 50 coming from 140 balls (7x4).

FIGURES (1st inns) | Wright 29-4-94-1, Taylor 35-4-122-1, Mike 23.5-2-119-2, Davis 25-5-89-1, Ackermann 22-3-93-1, Cosgrove 1-0-1-0, Javid 3-0-8-0.

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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