Boyce keeps Bears at bay

Five wickets for veteran Salisbury on debut

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Boyce keeps Bears at bay

Boyce: five-hour knock

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Edgbaston, Day four
Warwickshire 433-8 dec (T R Ambrose 156 no, N M Carter 84, I J L Trott 82) v Leicestershire 357 (M A G Boyce 106, H D Ackerman 104, P A Nixon 63 no, I D K Salisbury 5-67)
Warwickshire (12pts) drew with Leicestershire (10pts)

Leicestershire batsman Matt Boyce scored his first Championship century in the draw with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The 22-year-old left-hander reached his hundred from 238 balls and batted for a minute over five hours in making 106 in only his eighth first-class innings.

Boyce extended his overnight stand with HD Ackerman to 182, a county

second-wicket record in meetings with Warwickshire.

Ackerman, unbeaten on 82 when the innings resumed at 125-1, completed his 11th Championship century for the Foxes with 16 fours before he was bowled when playing back to veteran leg spinner Ian Salisbury's 12th delivery.

Replying to the home side's 433-8, Leicestershire were eventually

dismissed for 357 as the 38-year-old Salisbury claimed 5-67 on his home debut for his third county.

That made some amends for Salisbury's two shelled chances at slip on day two, although after losing so much time to the weather, this game was always heading for a draw.

Day three

Warwickshire's England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose warmed up for the first Test with an unbeaten 156 against Leicestershire.

Ambrose shared century stands with both Jonathan Trott (82) and Neil Carter (84) as the hosts piled up a formidable first-innings score on the third day of the rain-truncated fixture at Edgbaston.

Bears skipper Darren Maddy declared at 433-8 and - with 284 required to avoid the follow-on - Leicestershire made good progress to reach 125-1 in reply by the close.

Opening batsman Tom New (0) smacked a short ball to point in Monde Zondeki's second over.

But Ian Salisbury put down chances at third slip from Matt Boyce (32 not out) and Hylton Ackerman, whose impressive counter-attack saw him finish unbeaten with 82 from 98 balls.

Day two

Warwickshire advanced their first innings from 128-4 to 197-4 during the 21.4 overs that were possible on the second day against Leicestershire.

Overnight rain meant play could not get under way at Edgbaston until early afternoon.

When it finally did, Jonathan Trott and Tim Ambrose extended their fifth-wicket stand to 95 before rain returned after 85 minutes to end proceedings for the day.

Trott finished on 56 not out, while Ambrose was unbeaten on 46.

Day one

Warwickshire battled their way to 128-4 after opting to bat first against Leicestershire.

Neither side was able to fully seize the initiative during the 50 overs that were possible between the showers on the opening day at Edgbaston.

Bears skipper Darren Maddy probably regretted his decision to bat after he was bowled for a two-ball duck by Leicestershire's debutant Kolpak seamer Dillon du Preez to leave his side on 0-1.

But Ian Bell - making a rare county appearance - and Ian Westwood repaired the damage during a second-wicket stand of 70, although Bell enjoyed an early let off when Hylton Ackerman dropped a straightforward chance at third slip off du Preez.

Bell was the more fluent, hitting six boundaries, before falling lbw for 42 to Garnett Kruger (1-44).

And du Preez (2-21) struck for the second time to end Westwood's 114-ball vigil at 39 and reduce Warwickshire to 95-3.

Michael Powell (5) did not last long before being caught behind off Jim Allenby (1-11), but Jonathan Trott (24no) and Tim Ambrose (9no) saw their side safely to the close without further loss.

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