Henderson late show lifts Leicestershire

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Claude Henderson snapped up two wickets in the penultimate over of the day to give Leicestershire a chance of finishing the season with a victory over Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

The veteran South African left-arm spinner dismissed Will Gidman and James Fuller as Gloucestershire closed on 254 for nine in their second innings, leaving them with a lead of 193 going into the final day.

Earlier, Fuller had taken three wickets for five runs in 10 balls to restrict the home side to a first-innings lead of 61 in the LV= County Championship Division Two clash.

Wayne White then grabbed three wickets in an over as Gloucestershire looked to set a challenging target. Dan Housego hit 62 and Will Gidman 72 off 81 balls, but Henderson's late double put Leicestershire in the driving seat.

Resuming on 220 for five, Leicestershire had high hopes of building a sizeable first-innings lead in reply to their opponents’ 234 all out, but they were dashed by Fuller's fiery spell.

Claude Henderson

Claude Henderson claimed two late wickets to boost Leicestershire's chances of recording victory over Gloucestershire at Grace Road

The hosts had added only five runs to their overnight score when White became Fuller's first victim, prodding a catch to short-leg to end a stand of 70 with Shiv Thakor.

In his next over, Fuller had Jigar Naik caught at mid-on mis-timing a pull off a short ball. Then he dismissed Thakor, who edged to wicketkeeper Jonathan Batty for 73.

Leicestershire's last two wickets put on 59 runs, with Henderson hitting 34 and Nathan Buck 25, before Fuller returned to have the former caught at mid-on.

The hosts were all out for 295 as Fuller finished with 4-51 and Liam Norwell, who trapped Buck lbw, 3-62.

Gloucestershire's reply was a series of ups and downs as wickets fell in clusters.

They were going well at 132 for two prior to White's treble. He had Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall taken by wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley down the leg side and Ian Cockbain also caught behind off an outside edge.

Housego and Will Gidman shared a sixth-wicket stand of 77, the latter cracking 50 off 49 balls with 10 fours, before Matthew Hoggard found the edge of Housego's bat to provide Eckersley with his fifth catch of the innings.

It was Henderson's late over that swung the game Leicestershire's way. Eckersley was involved again in stumping Gidman, while Fuller was trapped lbw sweeping.

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