Buck impresses for Leicestershire

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Two swift top-order blows by Nathan Buck left Leicestershire marginally on top over Gloucestershire at Grace Road

Nathan Buck played a starring role to spearhead a Leicestershire fightback on the first day of their final home LV= County Championship game of the season against Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

The 19-year-old seamer hit a career-best 26 as Leicestershire's lower order pulled them out of trouble, and then followed up by grabbing two wickets in two balls at the start of Gloucestershire's reply.

By the close Gloucestershire had staged a small recovery of their own to reach 54 for two, although they were still 241 runs behind Leicestershire's 295, to which Tom New contributed a 63.

At one stage the home side had looked to be plummeting to a below-par total after winning the toss and deciding to bat.

They stumbled to 36 for three and then to 167 for six before New led the fightback as the last four wickets adding 128 valuable runs to take Leicestershire to a competitive score.

Claude Henderson struck 33 off 29 balls - 28 of his runs came in boundaries - Nadeem Malik made 34 and Buck was last man out for 26.

Buck had Will Porterfield and Chris Dent lbw with the third and fourth balls of his second over to plunge Gloucestershire to 10 for two. It also took the highly-rated Buck to 41 wickets for the season.

He finished with 2-20 in his opening six-over spell as Jon Batty and Hamish Marshall survived until the close.

Veteran Jon Lewis was the most successful member of the Gloucestershire attack, taking 4-42 with some well controlled bowling on a helpful pitch.

The hosts were in real trouble after losing their first three wickets in nine overs but Jacques Du Toit hit 46 off 57 balls with seven fours, sharing a stand of 55 with Paul Nixon.

Du Toit edged Anthony Ireland to slip, but Nixon and New put on 76 in 21 overs before Nixon fell lbw to James Franklin for 43.

New led the late tailend resistance during a stand of 56 with Henderson before finally falling to an excellent ball from Ireland that found the edge.

Buck and Malik added 62 in 18 overs for the ninth wicket to take Leicestershire to a more comfortable position than had looked likely.

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