Due to a heavy early morning shower the start of play was delayed by 30 minutes much to the annoyance of the Leicestershire scorer who has a date at the King Power Stadium (Leicester City v Chelsea) this evening and the question posed last evening re a declaration was answered as Leicestershire continued to bat.
Umpire, Paul Baldwin, was also suitably dressed against the biting wind with a” snood”, his white panama and white gloves – akin to an Italian policeman directing traffic!!
Leicestershire batted a further 9.4 overs and upon losing their 9th wicket declared at 530-9.
There were 21 overs until a delayed lunch and we had scored 72-2 at that juncture having lost Ben Ainsley for 8 and Jonathan Tattersall for 31. The not out batters were Hodgson and skipper Pyrah.
Unfortunately in the post lunch session wickets tumbled at an alarming rate and in a further 23.1 overs we were dismissed for 123 Dan Hodgson made 29 and for Leicestershire Naik finished with figures of 11.1-2-29-7.
Leicestershire duly enforced the follow on and a wicket was lost in the 3rd over when Ainsley was bowled for 1.
Tattersall and Hodgson saw us safely through to tea at 45-1 with 32 left in the day.
In the 5th over after tea Dan Hodgson was dismissed for 35 from 57 balls including 6 fours. Skipper, Richard Pyrah soon followed for 11.
Ryan Gibson joined the patient Jonathan Tattersall and they saw us through to the last over of the day before Tattersall was given out caught behind for 57 from 131 balls with 10 fours. That leaves us with Ryan Gibson 16 no overnight and still trailing by 273 runs.
Close of play 134-4.