Andrew's demise spells the end

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Gareth Andrew made his third fifty against Leicestershire this season, but his wicket all but ensured a Worcestershire defeat

Leicestershire finally broke Worcestershire’s Gareth Andrew-inspired resistance to claim their fourth LV= County Championship win of the season, by seven wickets with a day to spare at New Road.

All-rounder Andrew made 79 - the highest score of the match - as the home side reached 315 in their second innings and he then took 2-24 before Leicestershire cruised to their target of 182.

The closing phase was the most comfortable as Paul Nixon completed his fifth half-century of the Division Two season and gave his county a significant boost in a competitive promotion race.

At the start of the third day Leicestershire’s first objective was to break a century stand by Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron. The fifth-wicket pair eventually put on 138 before falling in quick succession to Nadeem Malik.

Mitchell stepped in front when the former Worcestershire seamer cut one into his pads on 77 and Cameron was half-forward when he tickled a catch behind after posting a career-best 75.

Frustratingly for Leicestershire, this was not a passport to an early wrap-up. Andrew saw to that with another example of how his batting has improved since moving to Worcestershire in 2008.

At the start of this season the former Somerset player had scored three half-centuries in his career. Now he has doubled the tally – and all at the expense of Leicestershire.

At Grace Road in May he made 53 in a comfortable victory and in this match he was top-scorer in both innings, starting with an undefeated 53 when Worcestershire collapsed for 175 on the opening day.

An uncomplicated left-hander who knows how to dispatch a loose ball, he saw his side to the highest total of the game with two sixes off Malik before he was last out. In an error of judgment, he offered no stroke when a ball from Jigar Naik clipped the off bail.

Andrew made the vast majority of the 106 runs added in his time in the middle. James Benning trapped Ben Cox in front for 22 and bowled Richard Jones within three overs but Matt Mason - eventually caught in the deep off Claude Henderson - and last man Jack Shantry faced 42 balls between them.

Having worked so hard to get back into contention, Worcestershire let things slip again as Leicestershire’s openers, Will Jefferson and Nixon, punished some erratic new-ball bowling in a stand of 61.

Jefferson, who made 32, looked in good form until Phil Jaques held a diving catch in the gully. Jacques du Toit, who did not field in the morning because of a damaged finger, was next to go, lbw for 11 as Andrew claimed his second success.

Nixon, dropped twice off Mason in making 55, was caught behind off Shantry after hitting 10 boundaries but James Taylor, unbeaten with 43, and Benning's 26 not out saw the job through.

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