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Glos thwarted by Leicestershire's last-wicket pair

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Gloucestershire 376 Leices 102 & 282-9
Gloucestershire 7 pts, Leicestershire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Gloucestershire's Gemaal Hussain
Hussain took his County Championship wicket tally to 30 for the season

Leicestershire final pair Jacques du Toit and Matthew Hoggard survived 79 balls to frustrate Gloucestershire and take this match into a final day.

Resuming on 122-0, Leicestershire were reduced to 219-6 before du Toit (32no) and Claude Henderson dropped anchor.

The visitors struggled after Matt Boyce (62) and Paul Nixon (63) were dismissed by Gemaal Hussain and Anthony Ireland.

But although Henderson was dismissed by Ireland for 29 in the final half hour, Hoggard could not be moved.

Leicestershire faced a backs-to-the-wall fight from the start of a day which began with them still 152 behind.

Boyce could add only three to his overnight score before the ninth ball of the morning saw him caught by Alex Gidman at first slip off Hussain.

Nixon was in no mood to surrender his wicket lightly, scoring only three runs in the first 15 overs of the day.

The total had moved to 150-1 at lunch, Nixon having progressed by just eight runs from his overnight 50 to 58.

But, having added five more to his score, the veteran wicketkeeper top-edged a pull shot off Ireland to be well caught at backward square leg.

Nixon had faced 205 deliveries, but his colleagues could not match his application. Andrew McDonald had made only 12 when he hooked a short ball from Gidman to deep square leg.

Will Jefferson, batting with a runner, was lbw driving at Jon Lewis and the second new ball brought another breakthrough when Jimmy Taylor was bowled playing a loose shot.

Franklin took his second wicket when Tim New was caught low in the slips by Chris Dent after edging a drive.

Du Toit and Claude Henderson added 27 before rain wiped out a further 10 overs, their partnership doubling to 54 before Henderson cut Ireland to point.

Nathan Buck followed next ball, pushing forward to Ireland, and Andrew Harris also failed to trouble the scorers, but Gloucestershire could not force the win.

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see also
Leics fight back after follow-on
11 May 10 |  Counties
Gidman misses ton but Glos on top
10 May 10 |  Counties

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