Bears grind out draw

Powell and Trott hang around to grab draw for Bears

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Bears grind out draw

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Grace Road - Day Four
Leicestershire 432 (H D Ackerman 199, T C Smith 63, C W Henderson 53 no, I D K Salisbury 5-87) v Warwickshire 267 (J O Troughton 55, M N Malik 5-57) & 169-3 (M J Powell 68 no)
Leicestershire (12pts) drew with Warwickshire (8pts)

Warwickshire frustrated Leicestershire's hopes for victory with Michael Powell and Jim Troughton shoring up their innings to see out a draw.

The Bears started the day essentially needing to bat out the majority of the play to snatch a draw after being asked to follow on by the home side.

Warwickshire failed to add to their overnight score of 19 before Darren Maddy was trapped lbw by Greg Smith for nine.

Navdeep Poonia and Jonathan Trott both went before Warwickshire made it into three figures, but they had at least eaten up a decent amount of time from the match.

It mattered little though as Powell and Trott added 72 runs in their partnership to force the draw.

Powell made a painstaking 68 from 213 balls, while Trott hung around for 102 balls to get his 34 and Warwickshire ended up on 169-3 with a draw achieved.

Day Three

Nadeem Malik took five wickets on day three as Warwickshire were dismissed for 267 before being asked to follow-on at Grace Road.

The Foxes paceman ripped through the visitors upper order on his way to fine figures of 5-57 with all-rounder Jim Allenby also chipping in with two key wickets.

After a devastating opening burst from Malik had reduced Warwickshire to 85-4, James Troughton and wicket-keeper Tony Frost steadily set about rebuilding the visitors' innings.

The pair put on a fine century partnership before 17-year-old Joshua Cobb claimed his maiden first-class scalp by removing Frost for a well-crafted 43.

Troughton (55) and Ian Salisbury (0) then departed in successive Allenby deliveries leaving Warwickshire in serious trouble of being forced to follow-on.

Neil Carter made a brisk 33 down the order, however his dismissal saw the Bears finish 15 runs short of the total required to avoid the follow-on and Foxes skipper Paul Nixon had no hesitation in re-inserting his opponents.

Openers Darren Maddy (9no) and Navdeep Poonia (7no) survived a tricky eight-over spell before stumps and will return to the middle on day four looking to occupy the crease for as long as possible.

Day Two

Ian Salisbury claimed five wickets but Leicestershire took full batting points before rain curtailed play on day two at Grace Road.

Just 52 overs were possible but it was a morning dominated by the hosts, who lunched at 370 for seven with HD Ackerman the only wicket to fall, one short of a double century.

After resuming on 173, the South African drove loosely at Neil Carter and was caught behind, ending a 299-ball stay and a 120-run partnership with on-loan Tom Smith.

The Lancashire batsman claimed a deserved maiden championship half-century in the afternoon off 136 balls but was removed by Salisbury, caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 63.

Leicestershire had passed the 400 they required for a fifth batting point and an aggressive half-century from Claude Henderson boosted the score.

But Salisbury removed Garnett Kruger and Nadeem Malik to finish with figures of five for 87 off 39.3 overs before the visitors reached 17 without loss.

Day One

Hylton Ackerman's fifth LV County Championship century of the season rescued Leicestershire on the first day against Warwickshire at Grace Road.

Ackerman finished unbeaten on 173 having come to the crease with the Foxes at 13-2 after James Anyon (2-72) removed Matthew Boyce (0) and Boeta Dippenaar (11) in his opening spell.

That became 79-4 when Paul Nixon (35) and Jim Allenby (0) departed in quick succession before Ackerman shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 139 with youngster Josh Cobb, whose contribution was 35.

The 17-year-old, son of former Leicestershire opener Russell Cobb who is now on the club's coaching staff, was playing in his first Championship game of the season and only the second of his career.

By the close the Ackerman - who has struck 24 fours and a six thus far - had led Leicestershire to 288-6.

In the process the South African-born batsman moved past Ravi Bopara as the leading run-scorer in the Championship.

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