Mark Cosgrove raced to 99 before another early finish

Mark Cosgrove raced to 99 before another early finish, An unbroken relationship of 159 scored at more than five runs an over between Leicestershire boss Mark Cosgrove and Neil Dexter was the highlight of one more day made baffling by the atmosphere at Grace Road.

Mark Cosgrove raced to 99 before another early finish

Cosgrove, who had been on just 12 at lunch, hustled to 99 off just 106 transports, hitting 19 limits, before the day’s fourth snow shower passed on the night session to an inconvenient end. Slush and further tornadoes of snow suggested the players were not capable get haul out at all after tea.

Dexter, playing more reliably yet with growing sureness on his home presentation, was unbeaten on 57, his first half-century since joining Leicestershire from Middlesex.

It was a foremost response from the home gathering, after they had lost both openers before lunch with only 15 continues running on the board, having earlier thumped down some pins out Kent for 264 – a total that Cosgrove and Dexter’s strokeplay made to look dynamically inadequate as their association created.

The chilly wind and single-figure temperatures made conditions amazingly troublesome for the Kent bowlers, yet Cosgrove seized on any movement that was disengaged from the net or short of length, mixing power with delicacy as he dashed towards three figures.

Snow showers had obliged the players to leave the pitch three times before lunch. Proceeding on 233 for 8, Kent took their score on to 255 going before Mitch Claydon’s tried catch at a Zak Chappell bouncer gave Cosgrove an essential catch at mid-on. Chappell, a promising 19-year-old brisk bowler, then expelled Calum Haggett’s inside and off stumps to end the Kent innings.

Leicestershire’s answer did not begin well, Angus Robson got behind by wicketkeeper Adam Rouse off the shaking the knocking down some pins rear way of Matt Coles for a duck. Dexter, on his home presentation for the Foxes, hit his underlying two balls as far as possible, yet Kent struck again when the veteran Darren Stevens conveyed a flawless outswinger to have Paul Horton gotten behind, leaving Leicestershire on 15 for 2.

Cosgrove started well, regardless, crushing Coles for consecutive points of confinement through the off side before the interval – and better was to take after.

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