Matthew Hoggard's Leicestershire haul puts Essex on back foot
|County Championship Division Two, Leicester|
|Close, day two: Leicestershire 302 v Essex 196-6|
|Leicestershire 3pts, Essex 3pts|
Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard took four wickets for 30 runs as Leicestershire held Essex to 196-6.
The hosts, resuming on 268-7, could only add 34 to their overnight total, but Hoggard tore through the Essex top order to leave them 28-4 at one stage.
The 36-year-old removed openers Tom Westley (11) and Jaik Mickleburgh (10) before taking Nicholas Browne for a duck and Owais Shah for one.
Mark Pettini led a recovery but fell lbw to Alex Wyatt on 72.
Pettini, who scored his first half-century of the season, had put on a fifth-wicket partnership of 85 with Ryan ten Doeschaete, before the Netherlands international was caught off Wyatt on 40.
Captain James Foster moved on to 45 and remains at the crease with Graham Napier, who has four.