Derbyshire v Leicestershire: Ned Eckersley makes 158 in visitors' 619 all out

Ned Eckersley
Ned Eckersley has scored 455 County Championship runs this summer
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 3aaa County Ground (day two):
Leicestershire 619: Cosgrove 188, Eckersley 158, Ackermann 118; Mendis 6-204
Derbyshire 154-1: Godleman 60*
Derbyshire (1 pt) trail Leicestershire (5 pts) by 465 runs
Match scorecard

Ned Eckersley's first-class best of 158 helped Leicestershire post a huge first-innings score of 619 as the batsmen dominated at Derbyshire.

Eckersley extended his fourth-wicket stand with captain Mark Cosgrove to 239 before Cosgrove was caught in the deep off Jeevan Mendis (6-204) for 188.

Leicestershire looked set for an even bigger score at 581-4, but once Eckersley fell, the tail folded.

Derbyshire closed day two on 154-1, still trailing by 465 runs.

Leicestershire's total was their best ever against Derbyshire, surpassing the 552-6 they made at Grace Road in 2005.

The hosts will now surely have to reach the follow-on target of 470, or bat out the final two days to avoid a fourth successive County Championship defeat this season.

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