Leicestershire v Essex: Draw at Grace Road

County Championship Division Two, Grace Road

Leicestershire 372 & 306-5 dec drew with Essex 409 & 30-2

Essex 10pts, Leicestershire 9pts

Match scorecard

Leicestershire's Division Two match with Essex ended in a draw despite both sides' efforts to make a game of it.

After resuming on 148-3, Leicestershire smashed 158 runs in 7.3 overs at Grace Road, sparked by Ramnaresh Sarwan's 98.

Ned Eckersley hit 70 off 19 balls and Wayne White 50 off 12 as the hosts declared on 306-5, Adam Wheater ending with figures of 1-86 off four overs, while Mark Pettini went for 1-72.

Set 270 to win in 60 overs, Essex made 30-2 before bad light brought a halt.

Starting the day on 61, Sarwan fell two short of a century, caught at mid-wicket by Tymal Mills off Pettini.

Eckersley and White then hit six sixes between them in an unbroken stand of 77 as they cashed in on the declaration bowling, but the weather had the final word.

Essex remain unbeaten in six County Championship Division Two matches this season.