Nixon the scourge of Glamorgan

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Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon withstood Glamorgan's advances for 128 deliveries to help secure a draw for Leicestershire on a dull final day at Swansea

Rearguard batting from Paul Nixon and nightwatchman Jigar Naik ensured Leicestershire a draw against promotion-chasing Glamorgan on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Swansea.

Leicestershire's batting tactics were questionable, as in both innings they averaged little more than two runs an over; the result earned the counties seven points each.

That was enough to take Glamorgan up to second place in Division Two five points ahead of third-placed Gloucestershire, whom they meet at Cheltenham next week.

When the players shook hands at 4.50pm to ensure the draw, Leicestershire had reached 221 for six in their second innings, a lead of 178.

Glamorgan went into the final day very hopeful of sealing their sixth championship win of the season.

That optimism was heightened when James Harris bowled Jacques Du Toit with the first ball of the morning to leave Leicestershire 41 for three in their second innings, two runs behind Glamorgan.

But the home side failed to make further inroads for another 33 overs as Naik and James Taylor dug in.

Only 63 runs came in 33 overs as Leicestershire hardly played a shot in anger. The pitch failed to produce the same prodigious turn that it had on the third day.

A rare boundary from Taylor brought up the Leicestershire 100 but four runs later he was dismissed by Robert Croft, to give him 1,001 first-class wickets, caught one-handed by Gareth Rees at short-leg.

Taylor was obviously upset by umpire Richard Illingworth's decision, claiming the ball had come off his chest.

Either side of lunch Leicestershire continued to frustrate Glamorgan's hopes of a victory with Naik and Nixon standing firm for another 19 overs.

Glamorgan were given slight hope when Naik's three-hour vigil, during which he faced 193 balls for 35, came to an end when he was bowled by Jamie Dalrymple.

But Nixon, an obdurate batsman at the best of times, ensured Leicestershire shut the door on the Welsh county.

Glamorgan delayed taking the new ball but when it was thrown to James Harris he duly obliged by having Tom New caught behind to leave Leicestershire 176 for six, a lead of 133.

Nixon went to his half-century from 118 balls, on his way to an unbeaten 57.

When play resumed following a rain break after tea the crowd were treated to the farcical spectacle of wicketkeeper Mark Wallace coming on for the final over - his first in first-class cricket.

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