• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Leicestershire facing final day quandary

    Leicestershire are facing a tricky final day decision after Ned Eckersley helped them build a lead of 194 over Glamorgan

    An unbeaten 70 from Ned Eckersley, his third half-century in his last four innings, means Leicestershire's acting captain could have a difficult decision to make on the fourth day of the Championship match against Glamorgan at the Fischer County Ground.


    Eckersley's unbroken partnership of 91 in 19 overs with Mark Pettini for the fourth wicket of the Foxes' second innings helped his side close Day Three leading the visitors by 194, with seven wickets remaining.

    Highlights - Leicestershire v Glamorgan Day 3

    Leicestershire are facing a tricky final day decision after Ned Eckersley helped them build a lead of 194 over Glamorgan.

    Leicestershire captain Ned Eckersley said: “It was good to put together a couple of partnerships, first with Paul Horton and then with Mark Pettini, because the game was in a tight position, and by no means are we ahead of the game yet – we're going to have to come back tomorrow and do all the right things and hammer home the advantage."

    “We're looking to win the game, and the aim will be to put ourselves in a position where we can make the call. It's a quick-scoring pitch and outfield, once you're in, but there's a bit of inconsistency in the pitch with the new ball, and hopefully that and a bit of scoreboard pressure will be factors."

    It is a strong position, but the pitch is flat, the outfield fast, and with Zak Chappell, a key member of his bowling attack, unable to bowl after being hit on the right shoulder while batting in the nets before the start of the second day, Eckersley will have much to ponder should it come to setting a target.

    Even so, it was an impressively positive response from Leicestershire after Colin Ingram had become the second centurion of Glamorgan's first innings. The South African was slightly fortunate to survive a caught and bowled opportunity given to Charlie Shreck on 92, but reached his century by hooking a Neil Dexter delivery to the midwicket boundary (178 balls, 13 fours, two sixes).

    Glamorgan batsman Colin Ingram said: "It was nice to spend some time in the middle, I learnt a whole bunch in the first season I played here (2015), and I'm trying to use that at the moment so it was great to raise the bat."

    "I was a little disappointed with myself getting out the over before lunch, but we put good partnerships together (earlier), Nick Selman played beautifully and Jacques Rudolph upfront, a nice total."

    It looked as though Glamorgan would go on to build a substantial first innings lead, but they lost their last five wickets for just 42 runs, beginning with Ingram's dismissal for 137 - his best for Glamorgan - bowled off an inside edge by Clint McKay in the over before lunch.

    McKay removed Kiran Carlson immediately after the break, Harry Dearden holding a fine catch at second slip, as he did when Marchant De Lange edged the same bowler soon afterwards.

    Lukas Carey's attempt to hook Raine gave Neil Dexter the simplest of catches at third slip, the ball looping off the back of the bat, and Dexter was again the grateful catcher when Hogan chipped Raine gently in to the covers.

    Leicestershire did lose opener Dearden early, smartly caught by Nick Selman low to his right at second slip when the opener edged an attempted drive at Michael Hogan.

    Dexter was run out after a poor call from Paul Horton, and Horton himself leg before wicket to a De Lange yorker that knocked the batsman off his feet, but Eckersley – dropped by David Lloyd on 48 – and Pettini scored quickly in the final hour.

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