White and Hoggard save Leicestershire

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Leicestershire held out for a draw in a tense finish to their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire at Grace Road.

Having been set a victory target of 341 in 86 overs, the home side finished on 289 for nine with last-wicket pair Wayne White and Matthew Hoggard surviving the last 9.2 overs to deny Northants their second win of the season.

At one stage Leicestershire looked the more likely winners, with Ramnaresh Sarwan hitting 94 and Josh Cobb 59 to leave them needing 101 runs off 20 overs.

They then lost five wickets for 28 runs in 10 overs before White and Hoggard salvaged an unlikely draw.

It was a fine effort from Northants who were reduced to a four-man bowling attack because of an injury to Chaminda Vaas that kept him off the field on the final day.

Wayne White

In-form Wayne White's patient unbeaten 29 helped Leicestershire hold on for a tense draw against Northamptonshire at Grace Road

Lee Daggett took 4-76 and David Willey 2-70 but, despite claiming the second new ball with the score at 277 for nine and six overs remaining, Northants were unable to claim the one wicket they needed for victory.

Two enterprising declarations set up the prospect of a positive result from the rain-affected game. Leicestershire declared on their overnight 38 for two and Northants responded by scoring 26 without loss, leaving their opponents to chase 341.

They did not make the best of starts, slipping to 64 for three in 26 overs as Willey and Daggett gave Northants the initiative.

But Sarwan and Cobb joined forces in an exhilarating fourth-wicket stand of 103 in 21 overs that gave Leicestershire a sniff of a possible victory.

Sarwan was in majestic form with some glorious drives on the off side and wristy strokes through midwicket. He reached 50 off 65 balls with seven fours and looked set to complete his second century of the season as he cruised into the nineties.

However, he was finally dismissed lbw trying to sweep off-spinner James Middlebrook having hit 94 off 120 balls with 11 boundaries.

Cobb's half-century came off 62 deliveries with a six and seven fours and his innings ended when he was bowled offering no shot to a ball from Daggett.

Ned Eckersley made a determined 35 but in the end it was White, with 29 not out, and Hoggard that came to Leicestershire's rescue.

The hosts took five points from the game and Northants seven.  

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