Leic v Worc, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Grace Road, 1st day May 24, 2016

Henry, Leach skittle Leicestershire for 43

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Worcestershire 274 (Henry 49*, Cox 49) and 88 for 3 beat Leicestershire 316 (Horton 89, Robson 50, Dexter 50, Leach 5-99) and 43 (Leach 4-10, Henry 4-27) by seven wickets
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Joe Leach completed a memorable match as he helped run through Leicestershire © Getty Images

The deteriorating pitch played its part, but the Leicestershire batsmen did not help themselves in being bowled out for 43 in their second innings in 25 overs on the third day against Worcestershire at Grace Road. It left the visitors just 86 to win, a target they reached for the loss of three wickets.

Leicestershire's previous lowest score against Worcestershire was 52, made in 1965. The total is the lowest made in the Championship since Lancashire bowled Essex out for 20 at Chelmsford in 2013.

There was little indication of the mayhem to come when Leicestershire picked up the two first innings wickets remaining to Worcestershire overnight, Jack Shantry caught at first slip and last man Charlie Morris run out in his eagerness to get Matt Henry his half-century.

Thereafter, however, it was chaos. Henry struck in his first over, Paul Horton edging an outswinger low to third slip, but while Neil Dexter could do little about a Joe Leach delivery that rose and took the shoulder of the bat before flying straight to point, skipper Mark Cosgrove was playing a disappointingly airy drive to the Henry inswinger which disturbed the left-hander's off-stump.

With the score 11 for 3, Mark Pettini then decided the time was right to risk a quick single to a misfield and paid the price, Ross Whiteley throwing down the stumps from wide gully. The Leach delivery which pinned Angus Robson on the back foot both seamed back and kept low, before, astonishingly, another risky single saw Aadil Ali run out by a Brett D'Oliveira throw which took out middle stump.

Wells went the same way as Robson, though his foot movement was minimal, and Ben Raine then fenced at an ordinary delivery from Henry and edged to the wicketkeeper.

Niall O'Brien reached 17 before edging Leach to Whiteley at third slip, while Henry produced another fine delivery to bowl McKay. Having taken 5 for 99 in the first innings, Leach's 4 for 10 gave him career-best match figures of 9 for 109.

Leicestershire did pick up three wickets during Worcestershire's chase, though once again the pitch could not be blamed for Daryl Mitchell dabbing at a wide delivery and edging McKay to O'Brien, or for Whiteley - promoted to hit out - dumping McKay to mid-on, but D'Oliveira could do little about the delivery from McKay that left him and took the edge on its way through to O'Brien.

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