Leicestershire v Surrey: Visitors denied in Grace Road draw

LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Surrey 480 & 279-5 dec drew with Leicestershire 373 & 232-6
Leics 12pts, Surrey 13pts
Match scorecard

Surrey's promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they had to settle for a draw with Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The visitors declared on 279-5 with Jason Roy unbeaten on 44 off 22 balls.

Leicestershire, who were set a target of 387, slipped to 99-4 as Stuart Meaker (4-146) went at nearly seven an over but took crucial wickets.

A rain delay followed and, after Dan Redfern's 64, Rob Taylor (40 not out) and Jigar Naik (42 not out) put on 85 to secure the draw on 232-6.

Surrey took 13 points from the game, but it left them eight points behind second-placed Hampshire, who have a game in hand and beat Kent by 196 runs.

Leicestershire's second innings got off to a shaky start with the early loss of Angus Robson for five as Meaker and Gareth Batty (2-35) gave the visitors hopes of a last-day victory.

But a significant rain delay halted Surrey's momentum, before Redfern, Taylor and Naik provided the resistance to see out the draw.

The hosts are still without a win in Championship cricket since 2012, and lie bottom of the Division Two table following seven defeats and five draws.

Surrey captain Gary Wilson told BBC London 94.9:

"We set the game up nicely, we played the best cricket over the four days and it was just frustrating that the weather came in there.

"We had a look at the radar and there was a couple of scattered showers but we certainly didn't think we were going to get one that would take that much out of the game - but there are still good things to take from the game."