Essex battle back against Leicestershire

LV= County Championship - Division Two, Southend
Close, day two: Essex 144 & 168-4, Leicestershire 202
Leics 4pts, Essex 3pts
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Essex battled back with bat and ball on the second day of their clash with Leicestershire to leave the game intriguingly poised.

Leicestershire resumed at Southend on 100-3, but leg-spinner Tom Craddock took 4-59 to bowl them out for 202 and restrict them to a lead of 58.

Billy Godleman hit 77 and Ravi Bopara 55 not out to bat Essex into the lead.

But Nadeem Malk (3-18) bowled Jaik Mickleburgh with the day's final ball as Essex closed on 168-4, 110 ahead.