Leicestershire v Glamorgan, Grace Road, 3rd Day April 7, 2012

Joseph takes 12 but Leicestershire docked points

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Leicestershire 249 (Henderson 57*) and 110 beat Glamorgan 124 (Joseph 6-47) and 183 (Joseph 6-64) by 52 runs

Robbie Joseph claimed his second six-wicket haul of the game to lead Leicestershire to a 52-run victory over Glamorgan at Grace Road. It completed an outstanding debut for Joseph who took more than 10 wickets in a match for the first time. He took 6 for 64 as Glamorgan crashed to 183 all out in their second innings chasing a target of 236.

Leicestershire skipper Matthew Hoggard claimed three wickets and despite some aggressive batting from Mark Wallace and Graham Wagg, the hosts completed victory by mid-afternoon on the third day.

But there was a sting in the tail for Leicestershire as they were deducted five points for a slow over rate, collecting only 15 points for the win. Glamorgan were also docked a point. Quite how many sweaters Leicestershire's bowlers were removing on a chilly day to be docked five points is impossible to hazard.

Leicestershire made the start they wanted, taking four wickets in the first eight overs of the day. All of them came from successful lbw shouts as Glamorgan's batsmen struggled against the accuracy of Hoggard and the pace of Joseph.

First to go was Stewart Walters with nine runs added to the overnight score of 21 for 1. Joseph beat him with a fine delivery that nipped back and thudded into the batsman's pads giving umpire Steve Garratt an easy decision to make.

The next three wickets fell for one run in the space of four overs as Glamorgan slipped from 45 for 2 to 46 for 5. Joseph picked up his third wicket of the innings, trapping Will Bragg back in the crease for another plumb lbw and Hoggard continued to turn the screw, pinning Ben Wright on the back foot while Moises Henriques went the same way, hit on the pads offering no shot.

Joseph's figures were spoiled a little when Mark Wallace top edged a six off him and, after a rain shower halted play for 35 minutes, a determined stand between Wallace and James Allenby put the brake on Leicestershire's progress.

The sixth-wicket pair added 41 runs in the last nine overs before lunch off the bowling of Wayne White and Nadeem Malik but their partnership of 59 was broken in the first over after the interval, Joseph returning to the attack to have Wallace caught behind. Wallace's excellent 47 came off 48 balls and contained a six and five other boundaries.

That proved the turning point as, despite a quickfire 33 from Graham Wagg, Glamorgan were all out for 183 with Joseph picking up the wicket of Robert Croft to finish with match figures of 12 for 111.

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  • Michael on April 10, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    When I first saw the headline I feared Leicestershire had been docked points because it was a low-scoring game, fearing this was part of the worldwide paranoia recently regarding bowler-friendly conditions, evident for instance in the comments made about Galle late last year by a certain father of a former Leicestershire player and international match referee. I'm glad that that is not the case; cricket should be played in a proper variety of conditions. However, I hope someone factors into these calculations about over rates time lost because of wickets falling; a wicket falling can cause the delay of a few minutes while the next batter comes out and settles at the wicket, which might seem to reduce the over rate if a lot of wickets are falling rapidly. The bowling side should not be held accountable for this. Congratulations to Leicestershire by the way on already equalling last season's tally of county championship wins by 7th April; is that some kind of record?

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Leicestershire only got to bowl 83 overs and took 20 wickets in the process. I'm not sure how anyone was able to tell they were bowling their overs slowly.

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