James Foster leads Essex fightback at Leicestershire

LV= County Championship - Division Two, Grace Road
Close of play, day two: Essex 322, Leicestershire 245-7
Essex 5pts, Leics 3pts,
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A dogged innings by James Foster helped Essex fight back against Leicestershire on day two at Grace Road.

Essex resumed on 248-8 but Foster, on his return from a two-match ban, made 117 not out as they rallied to 322.

And that turned out to be a competitive total as Leicestershire closed on 245-7 - Will Jefferson top-scoring with 61.

Tom Craddock, who earlier stuck around for 99 minutes to support Foster, did the main damage with the ball for Essex, taking 4-54.

His introduction to the visitors attack brought about another change in the direction of a see-saw game.

Jefferson and Matthew Boyce (47) got Leicestershire's reply off to a promising start, putting on 109 for the first wicket.

But after Craddock had Boyce caught by Owais Shah their hopes of overhauling Essex's total faltered.

Leicestershire continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, slumping to 176-5 before Wayne White's 41 restored some momentum.

However, they will begin day three still 77 runs short of Essex's first-innings total, with just three wickets remaining.

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