Leicestershire's Tom New enlivens rain-affected match

LV County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Close, day three: Leicestershire 257 & 227-5, Kent 219
Leics 3pts, Kent 3pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Leicestershire wicketkeeper Tom New struck an unbeaten 51 on a rain-affected third day of the match against Kent at Grace Road.

The home side resumed on 148-5 but, with only 22.4 overs possible in the day, Leicestershire were unable to extend their lead beyond 265.

New was assisted by County Championship debutant Shiv Thakor, 17, who made 24 of their 79-run partnership.

The rain returned finally with Leicestershire on 227-5.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Leicestershire's confident batting display lit up a gloomy afternoon in the East Midlands. Refusing the be overawed by the constant breaks and tricky conditions, they batted aggressively to dominate the day.

"Tom New's half-century on a bouncing, spinning wicket was the major highlight. Leaving Thakor to face the Tredwell's tough turn, New attacked the pace bowling of Riaz and Ball, driving and glancing them for regular boundaries.

"The hosts may have dried up Kent's hopes of victory in the little play we had today. The irony is that Mother Nature may have washed away Leicestershire's chances too.

"An aggressive declaration could spice things up in the morning but if Kent have to bat for over two sessions, you wouldn't bet against a Leicestershire victory."

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