Taylor lifts Leicestershire

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Young James Taylor reached his ninth half-century of the season off 95 but finished four short of a fourth century

James Taylor pressed his claims for an England Lions call-up this winter with an unbeaten 96 as Leicestershire climbed off the foot of the LV= County Championship Division Two table with a draw against Glamorgan at Grace Road.

Leicestershire, holding a lead of 85 at the start of the last day, batted through the three sessions to reach 259 for six when the teams shook hands on the draw at the start of the final hour.

Taylor was left four short of his fourth century of the summer but the nine points Leicestershire took lifted them above Middlesex in the table. Glamorgan, still in with a chance of promotion, claimed eight points from the game.

It has been a remarkable season for 19-year-old Taylor who made his Leicestershire debut a year ago. He played in three Championship games and made only 13 runs.

This time he has featured in 12 matches and entered the county's record books by becoming the youngest player to score 1,000 championship runs in a season for Leicestershire.

His unbeaten 96 took his total to 1,148 and he averages nearly 72 having hit two centuries plus a double hundred. He also scored a century in the Friends Provident Trophy against Worcestershire.

Taylor's innings dominated the day as the game meandered its way to an inevitable draw with so much time having been lost to the weather on the first two days.

Glamorgan made early inroads when Leicestershire resumed at 21 for none with Matt Boyce run out in unfortunate fashion with the score on 53. Paul Nixon drove Chris Ashling and the bowler touched the ball on to the stumps leaving Boyce stranded.

Nixon quickly followed, stumped off the bowling of Robert Croft, and when Boeta Dippenaar was caught at slip of Ashling, to leave Leicestershire for 62 for three, Glamorgan had a slim chance of pushing for victory. But a fourth wicket stand of 98 in 35 overs between youngsters Josh Cobb and Taylor closed the door on that prospect.

Taylor reached his ninth half-century of the season off 95 balls with four boundaries and by the time Cobb was caught and bowled by James Dalrymple the home side had ensured there was no chance of losing the game.

There was a final flourish at the end with Taylor and Wayne White sharing an unbroken stand of 58 in 11 overs before the sides agreed on the draw with 15 overs to go and Leicestershire 323 runs ahead.

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