Champions take slim lead into second innings
DAY 3 | Leicestershire CCC 155 & 40 without loss v Lancashire CCC 170
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
REACTION | To follow
REPORT | Leicestershire shared the wickets in the first innings, as they superbly restrict Lancashire to a lead of only fifteen heading into the second innings.
Callum Parkinson inflicted revenge on twin brother Matt Parkinson, claiming his wicket, before bringing the Lancashire innings to an end.
Hassan Azad became the highest run-scorer in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two after surpassing Marnus Labuschagne’s 1,114 with his second innings score of 9no.
Play at the Fischer County Ground finally got back underway after the second day wash out. In total, 157 overs were lost, leaving 59 left to play in the third as play got underway at 2:00pm.
Chris Wright and Dieter Klein continued to open the bowling, after their successful first overs with Wright taking the first wicket of the innings with the first ball of the innings and Klein following it up with a maiden.
With the final ball of the sixth over on day three, Klein claimed his first wicket of the game as Leicestershire made their second early breakthrough in Lancashire’s first innings.
The South African swung his delivery back into Davies (9) who edged it through to Colin Ackermann at second slip – Lancashire were 20 for 2.
Only four overs until the next wicket fell as Ben Mike claimed his first of the game. He delivered a superb ball that swung out, and Liam Livingstone (10) could only nick it through to Harry Swindells at ‘keeper.
Even less overs were between the third and fourth wicket, as Mike struck again. This time he claimed the scalp of Rob Jones (4), who felt that he had his stumps covered against Mike’s delivery that slightly shaped away – only for the ball to clatter the off stump.
Further, even less overs were between the fourth and fifth wicket as two overs separated them.
Mike was on fire as he claimed his third of the day. He delivered yet another out-swinger, this time to Josh Bohannon (20), who nicked it through to County skipper and former-Lancashire man, Paul Horton at first slip.
Lancashire were now on 67 for five.
Only ten balls stood between the fifth and sixth wickets, as Klein stepped up to claim his second of the day.
His vicious left-handed out-swinger shaped away late on and deceived Lancashire captain Dane Vilas, as it went on to clatter the stumps. Vilas dismissed for 18.
Wright was on hand five overs later to take his second of the game – Leicestershire’s seventh.
Tom Bailey (5) clipped Wright’s delivery out to mid-on, where Arron Lilley – on as sub – was stood. The former-Lancashire allrounder had to dive forward for the catch but took it superbly, nonetheless.
Tea then came with Lancashire sitting on 105 for 7, and Leicestershire having claimed two of the three bonus bowling points up for grabs.
It took a bit longer and a lot more effort from County to take their first wicket of the evening session, as Croft and Hurt went on to put on an important partnership of 60.
Croft (44) was the wicket to fall to break the duo, as Paul Horton dived superbly to his right to take Croft’s outside-edge off Klein down low.
Matt Parkinson was the next wicket to fall, as twin brother Callum inflicted revenge on him – pinning the Lancashire man lbw for 4, and his first wicket of the contest.
Parkinson then wrapped the innings up with the wicket of Liam Hurt, pinning the Lancashire no.9 lbw for 38 ten balls later.
Lancashire ended their innings on 170 – 15 runs ahead of Leicestershire.
Paul Horton and Hassan Azad then opened County’s final innings of the season with 11 overs remaining in the day.
The skipper got off to an assured start, racing away to a double-digit score and entering the twenties and then into his thirties off just 27 balls.
His partner, Azad, began the innings needing just nine runs to become the top run scorer in Division Two, and brought that milestone up with his second four of the day as he punched Bailey through the off side for a smart looking four.
The opening partnership of Paul Horton (30) and Hassan Azad (9) put on an unbeaten stand of 40 to bring day three to a close.
FIGURES (1st inns) | Wright 16-1-53-2, Klein 15-2-65-3, Mike 12-2-41-3, Cosgrove 1-0-1-0, Parkinson 3.3-3-0-2
TEAM | Horton (capt), Ackermann, Azad, Cosgrove, Dearden, Klein, Mike, Rhodes, Parkinson, Swindells (wk), Wright
Lancashire CCC | Vilas (capt & wk), Jennings, Davies, Bohannon, Livingstone, Jones, Croft, Bailey, Mahmood, Parkinson, Hurt
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game.