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Leicestershire vs Gloucestershire

Match info: County Championship Division 2 at Grace Road, Leicester

Date: 14th Sep 2012 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: I Dawood and G Sharp

Home team and score Away team score

Leicestershire

295 All out (91.2 Overs)
237/8 (58.3 Overs)

Result

Gloucestershire

234 All out (65.5 Overs)
296 All out (88.0 Overs)

Leicestershire win by 2 wickets

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 17:16 BST

Leicestershire ended the season on a high, beating Gloucestershire by two wickets in a dramatic finish to the LV= County Championship Division Two game at Grace Road.

Wayne White: Winning runs at Grace Road
Wayne White: Winning runs at Grace Road

Chasing a victory target of 236, Leicestershire were coasting at 205 for three but then lost five wickets for 13 runs as Gloucestershire fought back.

But Wayne White held his nerve to hit the winning boundary off Will Gidman while Josh Cobb hit a blistering 65 off 51 balls and Ned Eckersley made 63.

It was Leicestershire's third win of the season and the 21 points lifted them to seventh in the table, with Gloucestershire replacing them at the foot of the table.

The game looked evenly poised at the start of play with Gloucestershire on 254 for nine, leading by 193 runs.

Leicestershire's target was to end the innings as quickly as possible, but it took them 70 minutes and 19 overs as Jonathan Batty and Liam Norwell shared a defiant last-wicket stand of 42.

It was finally broken by Matthew Hoggard, who bowled Norwell with the second new ball to leave Batty on 40 not out on his final day in first-class cricket having announced his retirement from the game.

With Gloucestershire all out for 296, Leicestershire had a victory target of 236 in 75 overs and they tackled it in positive fashion.

Openers Greg Smith and Michael Thornely put on 45, with Smith smacking three boundaries in one over off Norwell. He had been dropped on four by Batty off Will Gidman, but there was no escape in the 14th over when he chipped an easy catch to square leg to give Norwell his revenge.

Thornely looked in good touch as well, but having made a confident 36 he was bowled as he attempted an expansive drive at a delivery from James Fuller.

Matt Boyce brought up his side's hundred with a sweep to the boundary off Jack Taylor but was then trapped lbw by the young off-spinner by a ball that kept low.

His departure brought in Cobb and the newcomer unleashed a barrage of boundaries, including a massive six over square leg off Norwell, as he raced to 50 off 33 balls.

With Eckersley also striking the ball well and reaching his 50 off 81 balls with nine fours, the fourth-wicket pair put on 99 in 17 overs to put Leicestershire in sight of victory on 205.

But when Cobb was out lbw to Gidman for 65 a collapse began, with five wickets falling in 10 overs as the home side slipped to 218 for eight.

Gloucestershire were back in with a chance of winning but White struck three boundaries in an unbeaten 14 to see Leicestershire home.

The all-rounder was then awarded his county cap at the end of the match, after a season in which he scored 616 Championship runs and took 43 wickets.