LV County Championship - Division Two
Middlesex 312 (O A Shah 116, E T Smith 56) & 258 (S D Udal 55, O A Shah 50, M N Malik 5-51) v Leicestershire 405 (H D Ackerman 140, T J New 109, M A G Boyce 69, S T Finn 4-80) & 168-4 (J Allenby 69 no, M A G Boyce 66)
Leicestershire (22pts) beat Middlesex (6pts) by 6 wkts
Leicestershire's batsman overcame an early wobble to complete a six wicket victory at Grace Road.
Needing 166 to win after bowling Middlesex out for 258, the Foxes slipped to 36-3 before Matthew Boyce (66) and Jim Allenby (69no) steadied the nerves with a stand of 124 to guide the hosts to the brink of victory.
Boyce fell to the spin of Shaun Udal after making his second half-century of the match with six runs still required but veteran Paul Nixon saw them over the line.
Earlier, Udal had played his part in a Middlesex rearguard action, making 55 from 63 balls as the tail wagged splendidly.
The veteran put on 84 with Chris Silverwood (33 not out) in a ninth-wicket partnership that threatened to take the game away from the hosts.
David Nash and Tim Murtagh also chipped in with valuable contributions after Owais Shah had made 50, but young paceman Nadeem Malik took the last four wickets to claim 5-51 and leave his side a getable target.
Andrew Strauss managed just 10 balls before he was dismissed as Middlesex battled to avoid defeat on day three of their LV County Championship clash against Leicestershire.
England opener disappointed for the second time in the match, making just seven runs after the visitors had conceded a 93-run lead to the home side.
Hylton Ackerman hit an impressive 140 for the hosts, reaching his century in 120 balls and by the time he was out, caught low down at mid-wicket off the bowling of Tim Murtagh, Leicestershire had reached 405.
19-year-old seamer Steve Finn was the best of the Middlesex bowlers, finding some movement and bounce off a slow pitch to notch up four for 80 off 32 overs.
Middlesex made a terrible start to their reply, losing Strauss and Billy Godleman in the first four overs with only 11 runs on the board.
And despite another solid knock from Owais Shah, the visitors slipped to 112 for five by the close, giving them a lead of just 19 runs.
Tom New's maiden championship century saw Leicestershire in complete control of day two of their clash with Middlesex.
The 23-year-old had reached 98 against Gloucestershire last season before succumbing, however a leg glance to the boundary saw him reach the landmark figure.
New, whose 104 not out included 14 boundaries, shared an opening stand of 143 with Matt Boyce and although the 22-year-old fell for 69, HD Ackerman's unbeaten 63 helped see the Foxes to 246-1.
That meant Leicestershire will start day three just 66 behind after Middlesex were restricted to 312.
The visitors had resumed play on 257-5, but Leicestershire mopped up the final five wickets for 48 in 11 overs.
Nadeem Malik and Ryan Cummins claimed two wickets apiece, while left arm spinner Claude Henderson finished off the innings.
Owais Shah reminded the England selectors of his talent with a century as Middlesex made an impressive start to the new County Championship season.
Shah, who made 72 for the MCC against champions Sussex last week, continued his fine form with 116 as Middlesex reached 257-5 on the first day at Grace Road.
He shared in a stand of 145 with Ed Smith, before Leicestershire hit back with three wickets for 17 runs in the final 10 overs.
Shah's fellow England batsman Andrew Strauss did not fare so well, chipping a catch to midwicket from a lifting delivery from Dan Rowe having made 21 off 50 balls.
The Leicestershire attack, including new recruits Jermaine Lawson and Nadeem Malik, failed to make the most of the favourable early conditions after the start was delayed by 45 minutes.
They struggled to maintain a consistent line and length and, after an uncertain start, Shah began to dominate, reaching his century off 152 balls with 15 fours and a six.