Henderson halts Glamorgan charge

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Claude Henderson & Mark Wallace

Leicestershire were indebted to Claude Henderson's unbeaten 74 after Glamorgan had restricted them to 156 for eight at Grace Road

Claude Henderson began the new season in style with a defiant half-century, but Glamorgan still gained the upper hand on day one of the LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Grace Road as they reduced Leicestershire to 231 for nine.

The veteran left-arm spinner top-scored with 74 not out, his highest score since making an unbeaten 79 against Glamorgan at the end of the 2009 season, as Leicestershire fought back in the evening session after slipping to 156 for eight.

Fellow left-arm spinner Dean Cosker had done much of the damage for Glamorgan earlier in the day and finished with exceptional figures of 4-41 from 30 overs.

However, neither he or Henderson could remove Henderson, who shared an unbroken partnership of 39 with captain Matthew Hoggard to see Leicestershire through to the close.

The home side won the toss and opted to bat first in front of a healthy crowd.

A solid stand of 45 between Matthew Boyce and Will Jefferson set a solid platform, yet it was Glamorgan who went on to claim the initiative in the first two sessions.

Once seamers Graham Wagg and Huw Waters had dismissed the openers the Leicestershire innings fell apart, with only England Lions batsman James Taylor offering any real resistance.

Taylor made a typically stylish 45 off 98 balls but could find little support as the middle order folded.

Dean Cosker

Experienced left-arm spinner Dean Cosker was the pick of Glamorgan's attack with close-of-play figures of 4-41 from 30 overs

Greg Smith, another highly-rated young player, was disappointingly run out for nine and the spin duo of Cosker and Robert Croft had Leicestershire toiling.

Cosker, who claimed his four wickets in an unbroken spell of 23 overs, created all manner of problems and, when Henderson strode in with the score at 125 for six, Leicestershire's hopes of a decent score looked slim.

But the 38-year-old soon took charge with a splendid 146-ball innings containing 10 fours, three of which came in one Wagg over.

Nadeem Malik accompanied Henderson in a stand of 36 for the ninth wicket and Hoggard made it through to the close as Leicestershire finished strongly.

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