County Championship: Mark Cosgrove plays captain's innings

Mark Cosgrove
Mark Cosgrove played for Glamorgan and in Australia before joining Leicestershire in March this year
LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham (close, day two)
Gloucestershire 218 & 54-2: Dent 23; Shreck 2-12
Leicestershire 215: Cosgrove 74; Fuller 4-35
Gloucestershire lead by 57 runs
Gloucestershire 4 pts, Leicestershire 4 pts
Match scorecard

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove hit 74 as his side almost matched Gloucestershire's first innings on a slow second day at Cheltenham.

Cosgrove, resuming on 26 not out in the visitors' 56-3, led his side to 149-6 before he became a second victim for Kieran Noema-Barnett.

Aadil Ali's 40 ensured Leicestershire finally made 215 - three runs adrift.

And in the closing hour, they reduced the hosts, already without injured captain Ian Cockbain, to 54-2.

Cockbain was injured in the nets while practising before play and faces a long lay-off, while his absence has reduced Gloucestershire to 10 men for the rest of this match.

Cosgrove played sensibly and batted for 195 minutes, facing 155 balls, for his runs while 20-year-old Ali was in for almost two-and-a-half hours.

Right-arm fast bowler James Fuller starred with 4-35 for the hosts.

Charlie Shreck (2-12) captured both Gloucestershire wickets in the final session, taking him to 46 in the Championship this season.