Leicestershire v Essex, LV= Championship, Grace Road, 3rd day September 16, 2015

Cosgrove passes 1000 runs and eyes result

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Leicestershire 222 for 5 (Cosgrove 94, Robson 50, Ryder 4-77) v Essex
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Mark Cosgrove prosper when the weather relented © Getty Images

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.

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  • Nick on September 16, 2015, 20:02 GMT

    Shhhh Lak, he's played pretty much every game in all competitions this year for us and he's really finding his straps at the moment. All hail the big fella! We don't want your selectors noticing, he's invaluable.

    I hope the ECB note that we're also trying to get results. Last week against Gloucs both teams went for it as well, rather than take the easy option of playing out a draw. With a bit of luck they'll see that Leics and the like are trying to put on a show rather than see us as a poor relation.

  • Lakpriya on September 16, 2015, 17:21 GMT

    Aus have a struggling test batting lineup and still Cosgrove is not good enough? seriously how many players are there in Aus who are better than Ferguson and Cosgrove. if he has such a lot of fitness issues how on earth has he played 150+ FC games and average in 40s.

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