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Will Jefferson

A second-innings hundred from Leicestershire opener Will Jefferson set Glamorgan a tricky 338 to win - what would be the highest score of the game at Grace Road

Glamorgan need 226 on the final day of their match against Leicestershire, with seven wickets remaining, if they are to make a winning start to the LV= County Championship Division Two season.

Leicestershire set the Grace Road visitors a victory target of 338 after Will Jefferson had steered them out of trouble with a magnificent century - and Glamorgan closed day three on 112 for three.

At one stage Leicestershire were 43 for five in their second innings - but 6'10" Jefferson and Jigar Naik shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 149 to lead the home side to a total of 245.

Jefferson's 112 was the 15th first-class century of his career and his third for Leicestershire - but first at Grace Road - since he joined them from Nottinghamshire for last season, while Naik weighed in with 67.

Starting the third day on 78 for five, the hosts made good progress - adding 104 in 34 overs by lunch without further loss.

Jefferson, 48 overnight, reached his fifty with two early singles and then took successive boundaries off Robert Croft to bring up the hundred partnership.

The opener looked in excellent touch, timing the ball well - particularly through the offside. Two more fours off Dean Cosker took Jefferson to three figures from 180 balls with 12 fours.

Naik was providing solid support and went to a half-century from 128 deliveries with eight fours, before the partnership was broken shortly after lunch.

Jefferson, looking to drive off the back foot against Adam Shantry, edged a low catch to Michael Powell at slip having made 112 from 213 balls.

Naik was out a few overs later, snared at short-leg off Robert Croft. But he had done an outstanding job for his side, hitting 10 fours in his 179-ball innings.

The last three wickets added another 35 runs before Cosker had captain Matthew Hoggard leg before, leaving Glamorgan a challenging target on a pitch starting to show some variable bounce.

Cosker was again Glamorgan's most successful bowler, finishing with 4-50, while Graham Wagg claimed 3-59.

Gareth Rees and Alviro Petersen gave Glamorgan a solid start to the run-chase until both were out in the space of four balls with the score on 43.

Petersen was first to go, trapped lbw by a Nadeem Malik yorker, and Rees then chopped the third delivery of the next over from Claude Henderson onto his stumps.

Bragg and Powell carefully set about rebuilding the innings and looked to have succeeded with a stand of 64 until, in the penultimate over of the day, Naik had Will Bragg lbw for 43 to give Leicestershire the edge in what looks like being a tight finish.

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