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Robbie Joseph

Former Kent seamer Robbie Joseph returned first-innings figures of 6-47 on his Leicestershire debut as wickets tumbled again at Grace Road

Antiguan paceman Robbie Joseph returned figures of 6-47 on his Leicestershire debut, only for his side to then undo their hard work with the ball in another frenzied day of action at Grace Road.

The hosts dismissed Glamorgan for 124 this morning to secure a lead of 125, but were then dismissed for just 110 in their second innings.

Chasing 236 for victory, Glamorgan closed on 21 for one, Joseph claiming a seventh scalp in the match by bowling Gareth Rees for four.

After being released by Kent at the end of last season, Joseph has joined Leicestershire on a short-term contract.

He received praise from head coach Phil Whitticase, who said: “He is enjoying it here and gives our attack that bit of extra pace.”

Glamorgan began the second day in a perilous position on 25 for five, with work to do to avoid the follow-on.

Some steely batting from the lower order staved off that threat, but not before two early setbacks.

Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace both fell to the impressive Joseph in his opening spell, leaving Glamorgan reeling on 34 for seven.

Graham Wagg then led the way as 90 more runs were added for the final three wickets. The former Derbyshire all-rounder struck seven fours in making 42 and received good support from nightwatchman Dean Cosker and Robert Croft before becoming Joseph’s sixth victim.

With the ball continuing to seam and swing around, it was Leicestershire’s turn to suffer thereafter as the visiting seamers revelled in the helpful conditions.

Only two batsmen made it to double figures, Jacques du Toit top scoring with 40 and opener Matt Boyce making 11, while the extras column contributed 18.

Wagg, who bagged the big wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan with a well-disguised slower ball, picked up 3-29 while Moises Henriques claimed 3-25.

It was Henriques who brought du Toit's 67-ball innings to an end, finding some extra bounce to have him caught at gully. Unlike the first innings, there was little resistance by Leicestershire's middle and late order batsmen on this occasion with the last four wickets falling for 25 runs in 10 overs.

Glamorgan were still left with a challenging victory target and the early loss of opener Rees, bowled by Joseph in the fourth over, made their task look even more difficult.

When bad light brought an early end to the day's play Glamorgan still needed a further 215 to win.

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