Day Three v Yorks BWT
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Running Foxes trail heading into final day

DAY THREE | Leicestershire CCC 124 & 78 for five v Yorkshire CCC 252

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REPORT | Arron Lilley claims his maiden County Championship wicket for Leicestershire as he and Ben Mike rally late on in the second session to bring Yorkshire’s first innings to an end.

After Day Two was a complete washout with no balls bowled, the third day of Bob Willis Trophy action at Emerald Headingley began on schedule with Yorkshire on 36 for two, with Dieter Klein opening the bowling for Leicestershire.

The first wicket of the day came in just the third over with Klein bowling to Fraine who pulled a shot which was comfortably caught in the field by Mike, leaving Yorkshire on 38 for three.

The second wicket followed suite shortly after from Klein again. His enticed Loten into top-edging the ball which was pouched easily behind by Swindells putting Yorkshire on 46 for four.

The Leicestershire bowlers were pushing for the fifth wicket, however Brook and Tattersall were forming a good partnership to bring up Yorkshire’s 100 runs.

Brook continued to strike to score a half-century off 57 balls. In the same over, Alex Evans made the breakthrough finding the edge of Brook who was caught at second slip by Ackermann.

The spin of Arron Lilley was introduced shortly before lunch with Yorkshire moving to 164 for five.

Tattersall and Thompson got the second session of the day underway for Yorkshire with the former making his way to a half-century shortly after from 82 balls.

The White Rose then brought up their 200 runs shortly after.

The Leicestershire attack were pushing for the five remaining wickets and when the first came, the rest followed quickly. Mike clean bowled Tattersall first for 71 off 133 balls.

Within the next over, Lilley got his maiden County Championship wicket for the Running Foxes as he caught and bowled Fisher for 1. In Lilley’s next over he pinned Thompson lbw for 62, and he claimed his second of the over just two deliveries later, as Olivier was caught by Ackermann (0).

The final wicket was taken by Mike in the following over, dismissing Coad for 4, caught by Sam Evans. Leicestershire took five wickets in five overs to bowl Yorkshire all out for 252, leading by 124, as the teams departed for tea.

Sam Evans and Hassan Azad opened for Leicestershire with Evans (4) quickly off the mark with a boundary in the first over, however he was pinned lbw by Coad in the third over of the innings.

Harry Dearden came to the crease to join Hassan Azad as his partner got his boundaries for the innings underway as he helped on a Fisher Delivery down to fine leg for four.

However, Azad (11) soon joined Evans back in the pavilion after nicking one through to Tattersall for the wicketkeeper to take the grab off the bowling of Thompson.

The Yorkshire duo struck again five balls later as Thompson finished the over with his second wicket from it, as Dearden (18) this clipped one through the Tattersall with Leicestershire now sitting on 35 for 3 with Rishi Patel and Colin Ackermann occupying the crease.

The skipper got off to a quick start, hitting Olivier through the leg side, and his partner at the crease, Patel, began to get his eye in as well with a four from Thompson.

Patel though, lost his wicket cheaply after driving Thompson straight to Shutt at covers who took the simple grab.

Leicestershire were on the verge of a batting collapse in the second innings, as the batsman of the Running Foxes’ first innings, Harry Swindells, came to the crease.

Leicestershire were 47 for four.

Swindells (0), though, could not make the same impact in the second innings as his wicket soon fell as Tattersall caught his third of the innings, this time off the bowling of Fisher.

Lilley came to the crease and began forming a positive partnership with captain Ackermann before the umpires removed the players from the pitch at 17:35 for bad light.

There was enough time for the duo to post 25 between them as the deficit reduced to just 50.

Colin Ackermann was getting his eye in after hitting Fisher for multiple boundaries in the same over, and Lilley claimed his first and second first-class boundaries for the Running Foxes from successive Olivier deliveries.

After a 20-minute intermission, the umpires re-emerged to assess the situation and concluded that the light was not suitable to carry on play.

The day came to an end with Leicestershire sitting on 78 for five, trailing Yorkshire by 50 runs heading into the final day of Bob Willis Trophy action for 2020.

Figures (1st inns) | Coad 13.2-6-18-5, Fisher 12-4-29-3, Thompson 12-5-20-0, Olivier 11-0-49-2

Klein 15-3-44-3, Evans 18-5-59-2, Griffiths 15-3-53-0, Mike 15-2-55-2, Lilley 6-1-21-3

Figuures (2nd inns) | Coad 7-3-8-1, Fisher 8-3-26-1, Thompson 5-2-13-3, Olivier 6-2-30-0

TEAM | Hassan Azad, Sam Evans, Harry Dearden, Colin Ackermann (c), Rishi Patel, Harry Swindells (wk), Arron Lilley, Ben Mike, Dieter Klein, Gavin Griffiths, Alex Evans.

Yorkshire CCC | Lyth (c), Kohler-Cadmore, Fraine, Loten, Brook, Tattersall (wk), Thompson, Fisher, Coad, Olivier, Shutt

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