County Championship: Mark Cosgrove hits first Foxes century

Mark Cosgrove
Mark Cosgrove hit his first century for Leicestershire
LV= County Championship Division Two, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Leicestershire 300-5: Cosgrove 113, Pinner 68, Eckersley 67, Coles 4-68
Kent: Yet to bat
Leicestershire: 3pts Kent: 1 pt
Match scorecard

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove hit a century from just 121 balls to rescue their innings against Kent on day one in Canterbury.

The visitors made a poor start as they fell to 31-2 from just 6.5 overs before the Australian reached the crease.

Cosgrove, who was dropped on 48, hit 14 fours and one six before he was finally caught for 113 by substitute Matt Hunn.

Ned Eckersley (67) and Neil Pinner (68) both reached half centuries for the Foxes as they finished on 300-5.

Kent chose to field after winning the toss and made easy work of breaking up the opening partnership when Matt Coles bowled Angus Robson for a duck

Coles took another wicket soon after when he bowled Matthew Boyce (17) lbw, leaving Leicestershire 31-2.

But the visitors' innings was saved thanks to Cosgrove's third-wicket stand of 118 with Eckersley and partnership of 115 for the fourth wicket with Pinner.

It was a first Leicestershire ton for 30-year-old Cosgrove, who joined the Foxes and was appointed captain on a two-year deal in March.

It was a successful day for Coles who dismissed Eckersley and Pinner as he finished on 4-68.

Kent bowler Matt Coles said:

"It wasn't the best day at the office for our boys today. We needed to attack the top of off stump far more and just didn't hit the right areas during the course of the day.

"We need to collect our thoughts overnight and come back tomorrow and finish the job with as little damage as possible in terms of runs conceded."

Leicestershire batsman Neil Pinner said:

"We would have bowled first too because we felt if this pitch was going to do anything it would be early on with the new ball. As it turned out we've come out of the day pretty well.

"Coles ran in hard at us and got a couple to bounce, so we're hoping our seamers can do the same on day two.

"Mark batted with great intent throughout the day, as he normally does when he 'gets in'. He put his boundaries away, really put the pressure on their bowlers and took the pressure off me.

"I could stand, watch and enjoy it because there was no pressure on me to score quickly once I did get the strike."