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Sarwan and Cobb centuries give Leicestershire the edge

Centuries from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb saw Leicestershire on top on Day Two, despite a late flurry of wickets at The County Ground.

With only 10.5 overs possible on the opening day due to rain, Friday saw a largely uninterrupted day of cricket; save a late morning downpour that saw the players take an early lunch.

At the said Lunch interval, it was Leicestershire who had enjoyed the better of the session, despite losing Jacques du Toit early in the day; LBW to Tony Palladino for 14.

However from a potentially difficult position at 25-2, Greg Smith and Sarwan batted intelligently and diligently to turn around the visitors’ fortunes, progressing the score to 105 before the former was bowled David Wainwright for 35.

Any possibility of Derbyshire turning the screw swiftly evaporated as Sarwan and Cobb took the attack to the bowlers, playing an array of expansive shots as both passed 50 to take Leicestershire to 196-3 at Tea.

A lengthy evening session began as the last one had ended with both batsmen scoring quickly and as Leicestershire approached 250, stand-in skipper Sarwan brought up a well-deserved century; the West Indian Test batsman reaching the feat from 183 balls including 16 fours and a six.

The 141 run partnership was ended shortly after however, as Sarwan fell to a mistimed hook, which fell gratefully in to the hands of David Wainwright off the bowling of Ross Whiteley for 105; Leicestershire 246-4.

Ned Eckersley – bowled Jon Clare for 14 – and former Derbyshire player Wayne White – caught Poynton, bowled Whiteley for 12 – were late casualties as the light began to fade at The County Ground; however there was still time for Josh Cobb to hit only his second First Class century.

In a good final spell for Derbyshire, it was the youngster who was the final wicket to fall, comprehensively bowled by Mark Footitt for 105, as Leicestershire finished 318-7 with Claude Henderson 1* and Robbie Joseph 0*; bad light bringing an end to proceedings at 6:15pm with eight allocated overs remaining.

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