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Leicestershire dig in on truncated day

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Yorkshire's march towards victory was held up by a combination of bad weather and unexpected resistance from Leicestershire's Matthew Boyce and Josh Cobb on the third day of the LV=County Championship match at Scarborough.

The fourth-wicket pair added an unbroken 88 together before Leicestershire closed on 102 for three, trailing by 229, with the grim conditions having allowed for only 37 overs in the day.

There was every chance of a three-day win for Yorkshire when the visitors, following-on, resumed this morning on three for one, still 328 runs in arrears.

Such a result appeared even more likely when Jacques du Toit was caught in the covers by Joe Sayers off Steven Patterson in the second over, but rain and murky light soon brought the players off and the interruption lasted until 3.30pm, at which stage 43 overs had been lost.

Patterson struck again by getting Ramnaresh Sarwan lbw pushing half-forward and at 14 for three the end may not have been far away if Boyce and Cobb had not defied both the Yorkshire attack and the harsh climate.

Cobb introduced himself by driving his first ball for four and, with Boyce also in determined mood, Leicestershire made steady progress.

Josh Cobb

Josh Cobb progressed to 45 not out at Scarborough on a day that saw Yorkshire held up in their push for victory over Leicestershire

Even the introduction of Anthony McGrath, who had ripped out the middle-order in the first innings, could not bring a breakthrough, even though Boyce, on 19, edged just short of Gary Ballance at first slip.

A sliced four to Cobb raised the fifty stand, Leicestershire's first of the match, and when Adil Rashid came on Boyce drove him through extra-cover for four.

A wintry mix of rain and sleet caused a further nine overs to be lost at 5.40pm and on the resumption there was just time for Cobb, who finished the day on 45 to Boyce’s 46, to hit Rashid to the midwicket boundary.

That took Leicestershire into three figures before another squally shower brought about the premature close.

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