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Joseph takes 12 as Leicestershire triumph

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Robbie Joseph

Robbie Joseph, formerly of Kent, enjoyed a dream debut for Leicestershire, taking 12 wickets in the 52-run victory over Glamorgan at Grace Road

Robbie Joseph claimed his second six-wicket haul of the game to lead Leicestershire to a 52-run victory over Glamorgan in the LV County Championship clash at Grace Road.

It completed an outstanding debut for the Antiguan fast bowler and gave him 10 wickets in a match for the first time in his career. He took 6-64 as Glamorgan crashed to 183 all out in their second innings chasing a target of 236.

Leicestershire skipper Matthew Hoggard claimed three wickets and despite some aggressive batting from Mark Wallace and Graham Wagg, the hosts completed victory by mid-afternoon on the third day.

However, they were deducted five points for a slow over-rate, which ensured they took just 15 points from the game. Glamorgan, who were also docked a solitary point, claimed two.

Leicestershire made exactly the start they wanted, taking four wickets in the first eight overs of the day.

All came from successful lbw shouts as Glamorgan's batsmen struggled against the accuracy of Hoggard and the pace of Joseph.

First to go was Stewart Walters with nine runs added to the overnight score of 21 for one. Joseph beat him with a fine delivery that nipped back and thudded into the batsman's pads, giving umpire Steve Garratt an easy decision to make.

The next three wickets fell for one run in the space of four overs as Glamorgan slipped from 45 for two to 46 for five.

Joseph picked up his third wicket of the innings, trapping Will Bragg back in the crease, and Hoggard continued to turn the screw, pinning Ben Wright on the back foot before Moises Henriques went the same way, hit on the pads offering no shot.

Joseph's figures were spoiled a little when Wallace collected a top-edged six and, after a rain shower had halted play for 35 minutes, a determined stand between Glamorgan’s skipper and Jim Allenby put the brake on Leicestershire’s progress.

The sixth-wicket pair added 41 runs in the final nine overs before lunch as Wayne White and Nadeem Malik struggled to follow up the earlier efforts of Joseph and Hoggard.

Yet their partnership of 59 was broken in the first over after the interval, Joseph returning to the attack to have Wallace, whose 47 came from just 48 balls, caught behind.

That proved the turning point. Despite a quickfire 33 from Wagg, Glamorgan were unable to get close to their victory target, Joseph picking up the wicket of Robert Croft to complete an extraordinary individual performance.

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