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Boyce shows his class

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Matthew Boyce

Matthew Boyce compiled a wonderful century to help Leicestershire claim a comfortable draw against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road

Leicestershire's Matthew Boyce scored a century as their LV= County Championship match against Division Two leaders Northamptonshire fizzled out into a draw on the last day.

Boyce made 101 off 173 balls, including 17 fours, to register a ton for the second consecutive game after previously going three years without reaching three figures.

The wash-out of the previous day made a victory unlikely at Wantage Road and Leicestershire batted through today in making 268 for three before declaring, to bring a tame end to a match which was delicately poised at the end of day two.

James Middlebrook took two wickets as the hosts remained unbeaten this season, with both sides picking up nine points from the contest.

Leicestershire began the day on 52 without loss, 53 ahead of their opponents, with Will Jefferson resuming on 15 and Boyce 36.

Jefferson made it to 28 before dragging Jack Brooks' delivery on to his middle stump.

Bad light stopped play 40 minutes into proceedings and 11 overs had been lost by the time the players came out again after a 43-minute delay.

Boyce completed his half-century off 88 balls with a four crashed through extra cover off Brooks and the visitors reached lunch on 103 for one.

Boyce and Paul Nixon easily saw out the opening exchanges of the afternoon session as they added 76.

Veteran Nixon contributed 21 before being trapped lbw by Middlebrook, but Boyce hung around to reach 100 from 169 balls with a single off Rob White.

It was the third first-class ton of his career but he was to add just a further single before top-edging Middlebrook to captain Andrew Hall at slip.

However, Leicestershire continued to make the home attack toil as James Taylor and Andrew McDonald took them to the tea interval on 219 for three.

Taylor then survived being dropped on 32 by wicketkeeper David Murphy off White.

The England Lion went on to a fifty off 103 deliveries and Australia international McDonald, who smashed 164 off 140 balls in the first innings, followed suit off 80 balls with only one boundary - off Middlebrook - coming his way.

Leicestershire declared at 4.55pm, bringing an early end to the match, with Taylor and McDonald's partnership unbeaten on 99.

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