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Glos open big lead against Foxes

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, Division Two, Grace Road, day three (close):
Leics 169-4 dec v Glos 281 & 42-3

Leicestershire's ambitious declaration has set up the prospect of an exciting finish to the rain-hit Championship match against Gloucestershire.

Paul Nixon, the hosts' captain, offered bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire the opportunity to push for their first win of the season by declaring on 169-4.

That gives the visitors a first innings lead of 112 and by the close that was 154 with Gloucestershire 42-3.

All three wickets went to Jaques du Toit at a cost 17 runs.

Play did not start until after lunch following early morning rain but Leicestershire made up for lost time by taking Gloucestershire's last seven first-innings wickets for 58 runs in 20 overs.

South African seamers Garnett Kruger (5-47) and Dillon du Preez (3-41) ripped through the visitors' middle and lower order with some accurate swing bowling, only Alex Gidman (46 not out) providing resistance.

Leicestershire then found batting just as uncomfortable and slumped to 71-4 in the first 20 overs.

Gloucestershire skipper Jon Lewis did the main damage with three wickets including the home side's top batsman HD Ackerman.

The South African, having hit 42 off 57 balls, was bowled with a fine delivery that ducked back into him.

At that stage there was a danger that Leicestershire could fail to reach the follow on target but teenager Joshua Cobb, with an unbeaten 51, and Nixon, who made 47 not out, shared an unbroken stand of 98 before the declaration.

Gloucestershire had just seven overs to face and in the search for quick runs unexpectedly lost the wickets of Will Porterfield, Kadeer Ali and Gidman to leave the game in the balance for the start of the final day.

see also
Glos stumble after opening stand
10 Sep 08 |  Counties
Grace Road hit by day one washout
09 Sep 08 |  Counties

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