Ton-up duo boost Leicestershire

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Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb ended century droughts as Leicestershire’s batsmen impressed on day two of their LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire.

Sarwan celebrated a first-class hundred for the first time in 26 months, while Cobb had not reached three figures since his maiden hundred four years ago.

Both were eventually out for 105, but their fourth-wicket stand of 141 proved key as Leicestershire reached 318 for seven before bad light brought an early end to proceedings at Derby.

Leicestershire were in trouble this morning when they lost their second wicket with just one run added to their overnight score of 24.

Tony Palladino claimed his 12th victim of the new season when Jacques du Toit was caught behind down the leg side for 14, after which Greg Smith and Sarwan had to fight hard before rain forced an early lunch.

Dan Redfern dropped a difficult chance to remove Sarwan on 24; the batsman drove fiercely to extra-cover, but did not give another chance until he had reached his first century for Leicestershire, whom he is skippering in place of the injured Matthew Hoggard.

Smith helped the Guyanese build a solid platform with 33 before he was bowled trying to cut David Wainwright. That paved the way for the tempo to increase with the arrival of Cobb, who took the attack to the bowlers.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Ramnaresh Sarwan ended his long wait for a century as Leicestershire impressed today in their Division Two clash against Derbyshire

He pulled Wainwright for two sixes on his way to a first championship half-century since 2010, with Sarwan also coming down the pitch to loft Wes Durston over the long-on boundary.

Cobb pulled Wainwright for another six after tea, and Sarwan reached three figures from 183 balls when he tucked the left-arm spinner behind square for his 16th four.

Derbyshire finally got rid of the former West Indies skipper when he pulled Ross Whiteley low to deep square-leg, leaving Cobb to make his way to a ton.

The 21-year-old got there when he steered the 155th ball he faced to the vacant third-man boundary, but added only three more runs before missing a big drive at Mark Footitt to be bowled.

Derbyshire picked up another wicket when their former player, Wayne White, was caught behind trying to cut Whiteley, but the day still belonged to Leicestershire.

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