Glamorgan v Leicestershire, Cardiff, 3rd day May 27, 2014

Robson, Eckersley provide Leics fight

Press Association

Leicestershire 109 and 168 for 3 (Robson 72*, Eckersley 68) trail Glamorgan 350 for 8 dec. by 73 runs

Angus Robson and Ned Eckersley led the fightback with battling half-centuries as Leicestershire sought to avoid defeat against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

The pair put on a third-wicket partnership of 129 to take the visitors to 168 for 3 in their second innings. Leicestershire still need another 73 runs to avoid an innings defeat but their cause was helped by the inclement weather on Tuesday, with just 46.4 overs of play possible due to rain.

Having lost opener Greg Smith on Monday night, Leicestershire needed plenty of graft to avoid an innings defeat. But they lost nightwatchman Jigar Naik in the sixth over off the morning for 15 when he inside edged a Tom Helm delivery onto his stumps.

Robson and Eckersley kept the score ticking over but the former was given a life when he edged Jim Allenby to gully, where a diving Dean Cosker could not hold onto the chance. Eckersley was then dropped at second slip by Chris Cooke off Michael Hogan as Leicestershire continued to live dangerously.

The duo gradually settled into their stride, with Robson thumping Will Bragg for two fours in three balls before bringing up his fourth half-century of the season with a single off the same bowler.

Robson, in just his eighth first-class appearance, hammered Will Owen for three successive fours, while Eckersley brought up his half-century with his third boundary before smacking Cosker over his head for six three balls later.

Cosker would have his revenge a few overs later as Eckersley attempted to repeat the trick, but succeeded in only finding the hands of Hogan at mid-off to depart for a well-crafted 68 off 98 balls.

But Robson, unbeaten on 72 and Ramnaresh Sarwan settled in nicely before coming off for rain at 2.50pm, with the weather ensuring there would be no further play.