Glamorgan v Leicestershire, Swansea, 3rd day August 23, 2013

Eckersley, rain hold up Glamorgan

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Leicestershire 203 and 134 for 2 (Eckersley 54*) trail Glamorgan 508 for 9 dec. by 171 runs
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A half-century from Ned Eckersley and afternoon rain held up Glamorgan's pursuit of victory on the third day at Swansea. A total of 38 overs were lost in the afternoon leaving Leicestershire 134 for 2 in their second innings still trailing by 171 runs.

Glamorgan began the third morning 242 runs ahead after reaching 445 for 7 overnight. Only 11 runs had been added when Andrew Salter edged Ben Raine to Greg Smith at second slip and after a few lusty blows Graham Wagg also perished holing out to deep extra-cover.

But the last wicket frustrated Leicestershire with Hogan hitting the spin of James Sykes to midwicket and long-on in successive balls before lofting Ben Raine to long-on and long-off in successive balls to bring up the 500. The last wicket realised 46 runs with Michael Hogan scoring 27 off 13 balls before Mark Wallace declared.

Just before lunch Hogan, the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship, prospered with the ball to have Greg Smith lbw as Leicestershire reached 28 for 1 at lunch. By tea, Leicestershire had made their way to 133 for 2 still trailing by 172 runs, with Glamorgan's bowling attack were finding wickets far tougher to come by.

Leicestershire were close to losing a wicket from the opening ball of the afternoon session when Eckersley nearly gloved a bouncer from Hogan behind. And Eckersley, on 4, had some more fortune when he dragged a Hogan no-ball onto his stumps four deliveries later.

With the score on 93, rookie offspinner Andrew Salter bowled Niall O'Brien but Eckersley went on to reach a half century from 105 balls before rain heralded an early tea at 3.45pm. Play was delayed by almost three hours, eventually resuming at 6.20pm, but just four overs were possible before the close with only one run coming off them.

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