County Championship: Leicestershire bat all day to draw with Lancashire

Liam Livingstone
Paul Horton (right) was eventually dismissed by Liam Livingstone
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Aigburth, Liverpool (day four)
Lancashire 449: Livingstone 114, Bohannon 98*, Bailey 57, Croft 51; Klein 3-89
Leicestershire 288: Klein 87, Cosgrove 70; Gleeson 4-58 & 151-5: Horton 49
Lancashire (13 pts) drew with Leicestershire (7 pts)

Leicestershire batted out the whole of the final day at Aigburth in Liverpool to ensure their game against Division Two leaders Lancashire ended in a draw.

The visitors resumed on 5-1 following on, but the Red Rose county only claimed four wickets in 94 overs as Leicestershire finished on 151-5.

Former Lancashire opener Paul Horton made 49 for the Foxes before he was bowled by Liam Livingstone.

But battling knocks from middle-order batsmen took their side to safety.

Hasan Azad batted for almost three hours for his 39, Neil Dexter faced 109 balls for 27 and Mark Cosgrove and Colin Ackermann defended for the last hour to frustrate Lancashire.

They still take 13 points from the match to move 11 points clear of second-placed Glamorgan, while Leicestershire remain with a solitary victory this season.

Lancs fast bowler Graham Onions told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's safe to say there are a few sore bodies up there because we gave everything.

"The pitch has defeated us and if there had not been so much time lost to the weather we would have pushed for victory. And credit to Leicestershire - they blocked well.

"I really enjoyed that last spell thinking it was all up to me because I've still got that fire in my belly - I don't think that'll ever change.

"We're playing some really good cricket. We batted brilliantly to get to 450 and bowled well too. We're well placed and we now have two really important games coming up."

Foxes coach Paul Nixon told BBC Radio Leicester:

"Testament to Lancashire who worked so hard on a flat pitch. Liam Livingstone got a hundred and then the overs he's bowled and the energy he's created, that shows a great leader in a team.

"Our batting has been a bit under par this season. But we showed resilience and that's important so there are some good positives.

"We challenged a lot of our senior players after the last game to stand up and be counted. There was quite an emotional dressing room but the guys have come back strongly and shown great resilience.

"We are disappointed at how we bowled in that first Innings but we have come out unscathed and got some reasonable points against a good side so we move on and keep looking to when all three facets of the game are on the money."

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