No surprises in New Road stalemate

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Leicestershire followed the logical course by batting through much of the final day as their Division Two basement battle with Worcestershire in the LV= County Championship drifted to a draw at New Road.

Having lost three wickets in picking two more bonus points before lunch, they kept Worcestershire in the field until tea, with Shiv Thakor making an unbeaten 52 prior to a declaration at 379 for eight.

In 20 overs before the captains shook hands at 4.50pm, the home side made 61 for one, nudging into a lead of two runs after Jigar Naik had dismissed Matthew Pardoe for his sixth wicket in the game.

It was certainly not a match to savour for the handful of spectators who stuck it out to the end in cool, blustery conditions. The equivalent of a day's play was lost because of rain and the scoring rate was pegged at below three an over on a sluggish pitch.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Ramnaresh Sarwan took his score on to 79 on a largely uneventful final day of the rain-ruined LV= County Championship fixture at New Road

Apart from a brief burst with the new ball, in which Jack Shantry removed the overnight century-maker, Ned Eckersley, Worcestershire mostly relied on their spinners, Shaaiq Choudhry and Moeen Ali, who shared six wickets in bowling 82 overs between them.

When Leicestershire resumed at 229 for two, Eckersley added only 14 before he was out for 122. Surprised by a ball from Shantry which appeared to stop on him, he jabbed a simple catch to Gareth Andrew at midwicket.

Eckersley's partnership with Ramnaresh Sarwan produced 139 and in Shantry's next over, a low drive by Josh Cobb gave Andrew a more difficult catch.

Shantry's spell of 2-20 in eight overs was the main reason behind Leicestershire’s slow start, yet Sarwan injected some urgency by cutting and driving for four and six off successive balls from Choudhry.

In his haste to lift the tempo, the West Indies batsman fell for 79 when he skied Moeen towards long-on, where Neil Pinner ran in from the boundary to take a well-judged catch.

Leicestershire nearly ground to a halt as they approached 300 but Matthew Boyce secured an extra batting point by taking 10 runs off three balls from Choudhry in the 110th over.

Choudhry had his revenge when bowling Boyce behind his legs for 29 and the left-arm spinner went on to remove Rob Taylor and Naik for a return of 4-111.

Thakor, however, was not for shifting and the teenager hit four fours and a six in adding another half-century to previous scores of 114 against Kent and 75 against Gloucestershire.

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