Foxes slump to defeat

Nixon rearguard to no avail

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Foxes slump to defeat

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LV County Championship - Division TwoGrace Road
Leicestershire 229 (C W Henderson 81, P A Nixon 57, C G Greenidge 5-54) & 270 (P A Nixon 77, T J New 50) v Gloucestershire 650-8 dec (Kadeer Ali 140, H J H Marshall 123, C M Spearman 110, S J Adshead 99, C G Taylor 61, A P R Gidman 59)

Gloucestershire (22pts) beat Leicestershire (2pts) by an innings and 151 runs

Day three

Leicestershire were skittled out for 270 as they slipped to defeat inside three days at Grace Road.

Requiring a massive 420 to make Gloucestershire bat again, the Foxes were always struggling after losing three batsmen with just 32 on the board.

The visitors batted on in the morning, extending their lead by a further 92 runs before the declaration came when Steve Adshead was bowled by Tom New one short of a century.

The Foxes faced a mountain to climb and it resembled Everest when former player Steve Kirby and Carl Greenidge tore through the early batting.

New reached 50 before Adshead got revenge of sorts - taking the catch when Kirby had induced the edge.

Further resistance came from John Sadler (42) and Paul Nixon, whose 77 included 10 fours and two sixes.

But when part-time bowler Chris Taylor removed the Foxes skipper it was only a matter of time before they wrapped up the victory.

Dave Masters made 46 in a partnership of 99 with Nixon, but he was last out when Vikram Banerjee claimed his third wicket of the innings.

Day two

Craig Spearman, Kadeer Ali and Hamish Marshall all made centuries as Gloucestershire piled up 558-7 in their first innings by the close of day two against Leicestershire.

Spearman, who resumed on 98, was first out for 110, ending an opening partnership of 201 with Kadeer.

But Kadeer heaped the misery on the Foxes with 140, and number four Marshall also enjoyed himself during an innings of 123.

Gloucestershire hold a 329-run lead with three first-innings wickets still intact and two days in which to force victory.

Day one

Gloucestershire paceman Carl Greenidge claimed 5-54 to destroy Leicestershire's first innings on the opening day.

Greenidge's haul included the top four as the Foxes slumped to 20-4 after opting to bat first at Grace Road.

Newly appointed club captain Paul Nixon (54) and Claude Henderson (81) led a fightback with a seventh-wicket stand of 120.

But Gloucestershire's opening pair Kadeer Ali (70no) and Craig Spearman (98no) had reached 178-0 in reply, just 51 runs behind with all 10 wickets intact heading into day two.

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