County Championship: Glamorgan and Leicestershire play out draw

Mark Wallace
Mark Wallace reached the 10,000 run milestone when he was seven not out
LV= County Championship Division Two, Leicester
Glamorgan 513-9 dec & 227-7 dec Cooke 81
Leicestershire 435 & 141-3 Cosgrove 59 not out
Glamorgan drew with Leicestershire
Glamorgan 12pts, Leicestershire 11pts
Match scorecard

Mark Wallace became the first Glamorgan wicketkeeper to reach 10,000 first-class runs as their Championship game against Leicestershire ended in a draw.

The 33-year-old only made eight in their second innings, but it was enough to take him to the milestone.

The Welsh county eventually declared on 227-7 after Chris Cooke made 81.

Leicestershire lost two wickets with only a single on the board, but skipper Mark Cosgrove's 59 not out, including nine fours, saw them to 141-3.

One-club man
Mark Wallace, from Abergavenny, made his Glamorgan debut as a 17-year-old in 1999
He has been their first-choice keeper since then and played his 200th successive Championship game in last season's opening fixture against Surrey
His first-class tally includes 104 runs for England A, and he has become the 24th player in Glamorgan's history to score 10,000 runs for the club

Glamorgan's declaration left the home side with a theoretical target of 306 off 50 overs, but they appeared the more likely to force a victory as Graeme Wagg and Craig Meschede removed Dan Redfern and Ned Eckersley in the space of three deliveries.

Meschede had earlier brought Glamorgan's innings to a close in rousing style by smashing three fours and a six off consecutive balls from Tom Wells.

Leicestershire lost a third wicket when Angus Robson (18) shouldered arms to a ball from spinner Dean Cosker, who had caught Redfern and Eckersley at second slip, and was bowled.

But that was their final success as Cosgrove brought up his first half-century for the home side off 106 balls and shared an unbroken stand of 99 with Neil Pinner (42).

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove: "Every time we got challenged we fought back, we came up with the goods, and I couldn't have asked more from them.

"We're going to be aggressive this year and take games on, but from none for two chasing 300 in 50 overs on a last day track we just had to bat some time, and we did that really well.

"If they'd set us 280 it would have been a reasonable chase - but that's the way they played all game, a little bit negative."

Glamorgan head coach Toby Radford: "I think over the four days we played some excellent cricket - to get 500 in the first innings was great with two centurions in Jacques Rudolph and Will Bragg.

"With three wickets down early we thought we had a real sniff and a good chance of winning the game.

"I'm a little bit disappointed we couldn't cross the line, but overall I'm pleased to take some points away.

"I think if we'd bowled better at the start of the first innings it might have been a different result."

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