Glamorgan v Leicestershire, Cardiff, 4th day

O'Brien, Buck deny Glamorgan

Press Association

May 28, 2014

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Leicestershire 109 (Allenby 3-20) and 204 for 8 (Robson 81, Hogan 3-21) drew with Glamorgan 350 for 8 dec. (Rudolph 88)

Niall O'Brien made 14 on his Leicestershire debut, Hampshire v Leicestershire, County Championship, Division Two, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day, April 11, 2013
Niall O'Brien was the chief resistance as Leicestershire clung on in Cardiff © Getty Images

Leicestershire were bailed out by the rain in Cardiff as Glamorgan's victory charge was aborted. A collapse of 5 for 9 left the visitors staring at defeat but a combination of weather and some late resistance rescued a draw.

Resuming on 168 for 3 - 73 runs from making their hosts bat again - Leicestershire were stripped back to 182 for 8 but Niall O'Brien and Nathan Buck managed to survive for 21.3 overs before the weather took hold once more.

Play on day four did not start until well into the afternoon because of the wet conditions and when it did, Leicester must have wished they, like every other county game in the country, had been washed out.

They trooped out to the middle just before 2pm, with their hopes resting largely with Angus Robson, who resumed 72 not out and Ramnaresh Sarwan. But the latter went almost immediately, failing to add to his overnight score and nicking Michael Hogan behind.

Hogan, reveling in the conditions, then did for Josh Cobb in an identical manner, with that wicket sparking a barren spell-of run scoring. Over the next 112 balls Leicestershire's total went up by just nine for the loss of three wickets.

Mark Wallace eventually pouched Robson for 81 off the bowling of Jim Allenby, while Hogan had Rob Taylor taken behind for a duck. Allenby then switched ends to clean up Anthony Ireland for a duck and at 182 for 8, the end was nigh.

But O'Brien and Buck dropped anchor to offer resistance and kept themselves at the middle despite numerous breaks for the weather. O'Brien lasted 83 balls in making 19 and Buck's was an even more obdurate innings with his 4 taking up 66 deliveries.

The hard work paid off as both light and rain caused the players to go off, on, off, on and back off again, with it being deemed that enough was enough just after 5.30pm. Glamorgan taking 12 points and Leicestershire 7.

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Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

As rain affected the Essex and Kent games which we were in the box seat to win this is justice at least, and a good rear guard effort! However as per the year we were relegated to Div 2, it is all about wins and losses, not draws!

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