Injuries stop Foxes but pos­i­tives to be taken

Richard Rae finds two teams strug­gling for form at this early point of the sea­son

The Cricket Paper - - REVIEW -

Both Le­ices­ter­shire and Glam­or­gan seized on the pos­i­tives after a grit­tily ab­sorb­ing four days of cricket at the Fis­cher County Ground. Wel­come though a de­cent points re­turn was for both coun­ties, how­ever, the Foxes were left to rue injuries which de­prived them of young fast bowler Zak Chap­pell through­out Glam­or­gan’s en­tire first in­nings, and seam­ers Clint McKay and Ben Raine for much of the vis­i­tors’ sec­ond dig. Even then Le­ices­ter­shire might have forced the win. Set 355 to win from 57 overs, Glam­or­gan were wob­bling on 65-4 when Aneurin Don­ald, on 18, spliced a Char­lie Shreck bouncer to­wards Cameron Del­port at point. The South African got his hands under the ball but spilled it as he hit the ground, and Don­ald and Chris Cooke went on to com­pile an un­beaten part­ner­ship of 87 be­fore Le­ices­ter­shire skipper Ned Eck­er­s­ley called it a day eight overs be­fore the sched­uled close. “A cou­ple of their guys go­ing down to­wards the end prob­a­bly eased things a bit,” ac­knowl­edged Don­ald.

“We’re pleased with how we dealt with it, all in all a worth­while four days for both teams. It was a quick-scor­ing ground so it was un­der­stand­able what they did (with the dec­la­ra­tion), and a high-scor­ing draw for both teams prob­a­bly isn’t the worst re­sult.”

There were cer­tainly some among the Le­ices­ter­shire faith­ful who thought Eck­er­s­ley de­layed his dec­la­ra­tion too long, not least be­cause Chap­pell had re­cov­ered and was fit to bowl.

Eck­er­s­ley, cap­tain­ing in place of the sus­pended Mark Cos­grove, de­fended his tim­ing.

“Michael Ho­gan and Marchant De Lange bowled re­ally well in the first hour of the fi­nal morn­ing, which put a stop to some of our mo­men­tum, and we needed Swampy (Mark Pet­tini) to play as well as he did.

“Then we were fan­tas­tic with the new ball, but Clint and Ben went down and it was tough from then on. We felt we had enough overs to get them out at the start, it was a new ball game – the wicket got much bet­ter when the ball went softer – and we put put them under pres­sure, but it was too much to ask (Char­lie) Shreckie and Zak to bowl a lot of overs and try and get the job done.”

PIC­TURES: Getty Im­ages

Missed op­por­tu­nity: For Le­ices­ter­shire that is, after the drop off Aneurin Don­ald De­ci­sion: Ned Eck­er­s­ley

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