Match Report

Start: Wednesday 15th May 2013, Days: 4   Venue: County Ground

Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.

Batting bonus: 4
Bowling bonus: 3
Batting bonus: 1
Bowling bonus: 3
Match Drawn
A. Hall
113 (235)

Top Batsmen: Runs (Balls)

S. Thakor
64 (96)
T. Copeland
8 (43)

Top Bowlers: Wickets (Overs)

O. Freckingham
9 (47)
Innings Byes Leg Byes No Balls Balls Runs Wickets Overs
1Northants1086645355all out107
2Leicestershire1032429234all out71.2
3Northants1310318215Wickets: 853
4Leicestershire000252168Wickets: 342

Full Match Report

Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien struck a half-century against his old club as Leicestershire secured a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship match at Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire declared just after lunch on 215 for eight with 18-year-old wicketkeeper Ben Duckett making an unbeaten 53 off 65 balls to give Leicestershire an unlikely target of 337.

The visitors unsurprisingly opted to settle for the draw, which they comfortably achieved as the two captains shook hands with the score 168 for three - O'Brien making 59 off 118 balls.

Northamptonshire began the day on 94 for five, 215 runs ahead of their opponents with Andrew Hall resuming on two and Rob Keogh starting his innings.

Keogh, however, was only able to make 10 before he was superbly caught by Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan at slip off the bowling of Robbie Williams.

Another terrific catch then did for Hall when Greg Smith snared him while diving to his left in Williams' next over to leave the hosts on 112 for seven.

David Willey walked when he edged Jigar Naik to O'Brien behind the stumps.

Northamptonshire reached lunch on 190 for eight but, to the surprise of many, did not declare during the interval despite their advantage now being 311.

Duckett, on his first-class debut, went past 50 off 64 balls in the second over of the afternoon, which finally prompted the hosts to declare leaving Steven Crook on 34 not out as part of a partnership of 82.

With 63 overs to survive, Leicestershire's openers started confidently although Smith fell one run short of his second half-century of the match when he was taken at first slip by Hall off Crook.

That broke an opening stand of 80 with O'Brien, but the setback did not seem to unnerve the visitors, who went in at tea on 100 for one.

Ned Eckersley was then run out by Willey from short third man after a bright 42 off 39 deliveries after O'Brien sent him back from running a quick single off James Middlebrook.

O'Brien hung around to complete a patient half-century off 114 balls but he perished when he edged Australia international Trent Copeland to Duckett.

Only one more over, bowled by Willey, was possible before the players called it a day just after 5pm.

It meant that Northamptonshire were denied their fourth County Championship win in a row, but they come out of this match with 10 points with Leicestershire claiming seven.

Northants Leicestershire
01 James Middlebrook01 Greg Smith
02 Matthew Spriegel02 Niall O'Brien
03 Alex Wakely03 Edmund Eckersley
04 David Sales04 Ramnaresh Sarwan
05 Rob Newton05 Joshua Cobb
06 Andrew Hall06 Matthew Boyce
07 Ben Duckett07 Shivsinh Thakor
08 David Willey08 Jigar Naik
09 Rob Keogh09 Oliver Freckingham
10 Steven Crook10 Robbie Williams
11 Trent Copeland11 Alex Wyatt
Officials: Robert Robinson, Alexander Wharf,

Score Card

1st innings
1st innings
2nd innings
2nd innings

Northants 1st innings 355 all out (107 Overs)

Batsman Bowled by How out RUNS MINS BALLS 4S 6S
J. Middlebrook O. Freckingham Caught Jigar Naik Bowled Ollie Freckingham 2 21 16 0 0
M. Spriegel R. Williams Caught Matthew Boyce Bowled Robbie Williams 11 62 48 2 0
D. Sales A. Wyatt Caught Jigar Naik Bowled Alex Wyatt 10 14 14 2 0
A. Wakely O. Freckingham Bowled Ollie Freckingham 18 56 51 3 0
R. Newton J. Naik Caught Ramnaresh Sarwan Bowled Jigar Naik 81 201 150 8 1
A. Hall O. Freckingham Bowled Ollie Freckingham 113 304 235 13 0
R. Keogh J. Naik L.B.W. Jigar Naik 8 20 23 1 0
B. Duckett O. Freckingham Caught Ramnaresh Sarwan Bowled Ollie Freckingham 5 27 19 1 0
D. Willey O. Freckingham Caught Joshua Cobb Bowled Ollie Freckingham 77 93 76 12 1
S. Crook O. Freckingham Caught Jigar Naik Bowled Ollie Freckingham 4 3 3 1 0
T. Copeland   Not Out 2 8 10 0 0
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
O. Freckingham 31 6 125 6
A. Wyatt 21 7 58 1
R. Williams 16 0 75 1
S. Thakor 10 3 31 0
J. Naik 28 7 47 2
J. Cobb 1 0 1 0
Fall of Wicket Runs
J. Middlebrook 6
M. Spriegel 45
A. Wakely 63
R. Newton 206
B. Duckett 229
A. Hall 344
S. Crook 348
D. Willey 355