MATCH CENTRE 

5.02pm – The match has been abandoned in a draw. We take eight points from our ninth draw in 13 matches. Next up is Worcestershire at Headingley for our final match of 2023 from next Tuesday.

4.53pm – The inspection has neared 15 minutes and continues at Grace Road.

4.20pm – There will be a further inspection at 4.40pm.

4.07pm – We may yet back on here. But there is absolutely no prospect of a positive result. Leicester are -1 on the over-rate, so that can be the only reason we are hanging on to play. The covers are coming off.

3.37pm – It continues to rain here at Grace Road.

3.18pm – It is raining again.

3.13pm – The inspection has happened, but it looks like we could be about to get some more rain.

3pm – The rain has stopped, and the umpires are out inspecting. But there’s still a lot of water on the covers.

2.33pm – The rain has returned to Grace Road, unfortunately.

2.21pm – Tea will be taken at 2.40pm with an inspection at 3pm.

2.17pm – James Wharton pulls on the way to his unbeaten 58 at Grace Road today. Picture by John Heald.

James Wharton

2.10pm – The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. There’s a bit of mopping up to do.

1.48pm – It’s actually raining pretty hard now. In fact, as hard as it has done at any stage throughout this match.

And it has caught the ground-staff out. There are now puddles forming in the wicket ends at the end of the square.

1.32pm – RAIN: We’re off with the score at 225-4 in the 56th over, a Yorkshire lead of 147. Wharton 58 and Hill 32. Be amazed if we’re off for long.

1.14pm – Wharton reaches his fifty off 68 balls with 10x4s. 216-4. Excellent innings to take the sting out of a tricky mid-morning position.

1.13pm – We’re up and running after lunch. Hill picks up a single to mid-wicket off the first ball from Scriven and has 28. We’re 210-4, a lead of 132. Wharton 47. There are 65 overs remaining in the game.

12.36pm – Lunch Report Yorkshire and Leicestershire remain locked in a battle for supremacy with only two sessions remaining of their penultimate round LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Grace Road.

A nip and tuck morning has seen Yorkshire advance from 113-1 overnight – a lead of 35 – to reach lunch at 209-4, a lead of 131 with a minimum of 65 overs remaining.

Ben Coad and Shan Masood fell cheaply prior to Adam Lyth for a well made 60.

Coad had his off-stump uprooted by Chris Wright before Masood was caught at second slip off Tom Scriven. Lyth then also fell to seam, lbw against Will Davis, as Yorkshire slipped to 140-4.

At that stage, they led by only 62 with a little over 80 overs remaining. 

But James Wharton and George Hill have steadied the ship with an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 69 inside 15 overs.

Six boundaries came in two overs – three each for Hill and then Wharton – from Davis and Scott Currie as Yorkshire’s lead pushed beyond 100. 

Wharton will begin the afternoon with 47 and Hill 27. All results still remain possible.

Leicestershire simply have to win to keep alive their hopes of promotion.

12.30pm – We’re 205-4 in the 51st over, the last of the morning. We lead by 127. Wharton 43, Hill 27.

12.04pm – Wharton works Currie through mid-wicket for four and then edges through slips next ball. First was a lovely shot. He has 20 of 178-4. The lead is now 100 with a little under 75 overs remaining in the day.

12pm – Three boundaries in as many balls for Hill against Davis, one flicked off his hip, another guided wide of slips and latter beautifully driven through covers. He has 24 out of 170-4, a lead of 92.

11.33am – WICKET! Lyth has been trapped lbw by Davis for 60. It’s 140-4 in the 37th over, a lead of 62. George Hill in alongside Wharton, who has 6.

11.29am – We’ve moved to 140-3 in the 36th over, a lead of 62. Lyth 60, Wharton 6.

11.03am – WICKET! Masood caught at second slip by Kimber off Scriven, 10. It’s 130-3 in the 30th over, a lead of 52. James Wharton in to join Lyth, 56.

11.01am – We’ve moved to 129-2 after 29 overs, a lead of 51. Lyth 55, Masood 10.

10.47am – WICKET! Coad bowled by Wright, 3. We’re 119-2 in the 27th over, a lead of 41. Shan Masood in now to join Lyth, who has 55.

10.29am – The players are out in the middle. Ben Coad will face Chris Wright. Yorkshire 113-1, leading by 35 in the second innings.

9.25am – Good morning from a sunny Grace Road, where we are all set for a 10.30am start. The ground-staff are busy working away, including on clearing a morning dew from the outfield. The players are preparing to start their warm-ups.

This is all set for a fascinating final day, with all results still distinctly possible.

Yorkshire begin it on 113-1 in their second innings with a lead of 35. Adam Lyth is 51 not out and Ben Coad one.

Yorkshire are aiming to set a target during the second half of the day and bowl for victory from there. If they do bat well this morning, they have a great chance of victory given Leicestershire need to win themselves for a chance of promotion. A stiff target will have to be hunted down, heightening the chances of quick wickets falling.

With a bit in the pitch, a good morning with the ball opens things up for the Foxes.

Whatever happens, it should be all action.

Yesterday was a mixed day for both sides. Success was mixed with frustration. If you want to recap day three, you can do so via our match report and reaction piece with Ben Cliff via the links below.

MATCH REPORT 

BEN CLIFF 

There will be a live stream available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page shortly before we get going. Enjoy the day.

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