Rain limits play at Grace Road

Rain and then bad light meant only 6.3 overs of play were possible on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two fixture between Leicestershire and Kent at Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.

Resuming on 227-7, Kent quickly lost all-rounder Matt Coles, the left-hander edging a rising delivery from Clint McKay to wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien without adding to his overnight score of one.

It was McKay’s third wicket of the innings, and his 11th of the season. Unfortunately the weather closed in after just 15 balls, and though the players did briefly get back out in the afternoon session, Kent had added just six runs to their total when bad light brought a frustrating day to an early close.

However Leicestershire director of elite performance Andrew MacDonald said the game was far from a lost cause.

“It’s been one of those days, but it seems the forecast for the next couple of days is better,” said the Australian.

“It’s a good cricket wicket, the ball carries through nicely, and we’re optimistic we can take the last two wickets quickly and then start driving the game forward.” 

Kent wicket-keeper Adam Rouse said: “It’s been a pretty frustrating day – even more so after not getting on at all at Worcester and obviously we then had a week off, so to come to this is a bit frustrating for the boys.

“There’s still a lot of optimism around the camp though – the boys are just eager to get out there and play cricket! We’re still very much in the game here, and if we can get 300 that will be pretty good.”

Source: ECB

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