Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Red Rose Echo Aussie Hopes for Sunshine

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Red Rose Echo Aussie Hopes for Sunshine

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LANCASHIRE are in a similar position down at Grace Road to that of Australia in the Test match at Emirates Old Trafford because they are also praying that rain will not ruin their chances of victory today.

The Red Rose county have bossed their LV= County Championship match against Leicestershire from start to finish, and were even on course to wrap up a three-day win yesterday during a dominant morning session.

With 15 minutes to go before lunch, the Foxes were 41-3 in their second innings having been asked to followon in reply to 380.

They had earlier been bowled out for 154 first time around.

But then the rain came at 12.45pm to prevent any play until 5pm.

The hosts were quickly reduced to 53-4 before closing on 128-5, still 98 runs behind.

closing on 128-5, still 98 runs behind.

The suggesfourth The suggestion is that further rain will hit the East Midlands today to deny Lancashire a fourth win from five Division Two matches.

win from five Division Two Overseas batsman Simon Katich (inset) was, however, in philosophical mood at close last night: "We were obviously trying to knock them over, but we expected them to show some fight," he said.

"They hung in there well when they got back on, and we've still got five wickets to get.

"Hopefully the weather, which doesn't look good at this stage, doesn't cause us problems. But who knows? "There's nothing we can do about it.

"Sometimes it goes in your favour when you're hanging on, and sometimes it doesn't.

"We got out of jail at Colwyn Bay, but we got robbed by the weather in terms of setting up the first two games against Worcester and Kent.

"That happens over here, and other teams will have had it as well.

"I guess if it's across the country, then we won't get on. The only danger is if others get on and we don't."

It would be a travesty if Leicestershire were to get out of this match with a draw. …

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