Cosgrove passes 1000 runs and eyes result
Leicestershire 222 for 5 (Cosgrove 94, Robson 50, Ryder 4-77) v Essex
Half-centuries from captain Mark Cosgrove and opener Angus Robson helped Leicestershire make good progress in the 60.1 overs possible during the third day of the County Championship match at Grace Road.
Cosgrove, whose 94 saw him pass 1000 runs for the season, said it was still possible for the game to have a positive finish, despite the loss of the first two days to the weather.
"We play every game to win and we'll come in tomorrow and think up a way how we can take it forward, we'll probably only have 85 overs, but we'll give them a chance to set up a game."
On a green pitch Essex picked up two early wickets, with Jesse Ryder the successful bowler on both occasions, first with an out-swinger that Ned Eckersley, pushing forward, edged to wicket-keeper James Foster, and then more fortunately with a leg-side delivery which Dan Redfern attempted to glance down to fine leg.
The left-hander's shot was authentic, but close enough to Foster for the experienced Foster to dive away to his right and complete the catch.
At 27 for 2 Leicestershire were in trouble, but Robson played himself in determined fashion, while Cosgrove timed the ball impressively in driving on both sides of the wicket as Jamie Porter and Jack Winslade in particular over-pitched far too often.
Robson went to his 50 shortly before lunch with a cover-driven four off Graham Napier, his ninth boundary of the innings, and his eighth half-century of the season, but had yet to add to his score when, shortly after the break, he steered a Ravi Bopara delivery low to Dan Lawrence at second slip.
Cosgrove went to his 50 off 79 balls, but as he accelerated towards what would have been a fourth Championship century of the season, Ryder returned and found the edge of the left-hander's bat with a delivery which left him off the pitch.
Two balls later a similar delivery accounted for Niall O'Brien, but soon afterwards umpires Steve Garratt and Graham Lloyd decided the light was unplayable.
During his innings, Robson also passed 1000 first class runs for the season. "He's been outstanding this year, as he was last year," said Cosgrove.