Leicestershire 182 and 238 for 6 (Boyce 55, Cobb 53) drew with West Indians 320 for 6 dec
Leicestershire managed to secure a creditable draw against the West Indians as Boeta Dippenaar followed up the battling efforts of two young English batsmen on the final day at Grace Road. Matthew Boyce and Josh Cobb both hit half-centuries before the middle order wobbled against Sulieman Benn, but Dippenaar held firm during the final session.
While victory would have been a pleasant boost for the West Indians it was of secondary importance to preparing for the Test series with a proper work-out. Although Leicestershire rested a number of key players they provided decent opposition during the three days and their resistance to save the match meant the visiting bowlers earned an extended run.
Boyce and Cobb, 23 and 18 respectively, added 104 for the second wicket and managed to see out most of the morning session. Boyce wasn't always convincing, twice edge wide of gully, and should have been caught at second slip on 33 but Darren Sammy spilled the chance. He finally fell shortly before lunch when he got a leading edge into the covers off Lendl Simmons' medium pace.
Cobb reached his fifty before the break but fell in the first over of the afternoon session when he edged Benn to Denesh Ramdin. It looked as though Leicestershire's hard work was unravelling when James Taylor edged Benn to slip with the deficit still not erased and Jim Allenby unlikely to bat due to a side strain.
However, Dippenaar and Wayne White added 51 to eat into the remaining time before White edged to the keeper shortly before tea to keep the tourists interested. But the bowlers couldn't wrap up the innings and set up a brief chase during the final session as they failed to dislodge Dippenaar who batted for more than three hours. When Carl Crowe fell to Sammy the lead was 76 and by the time Dippenaar and Jaik Naik carried it into three figures both captains shook hands.
The West Indians now continue their preparations for the Test series with another three-day game against Essex, at Chelmsford, which starts on Saturday.