|LV=County Championship Division Two, The first Central County Floor, Hove (day three):|
|Sussex 262 & 344-9 dec: Clark 69, Coles 63; Scriven 4-55, Ahmed 2-91|
|Leicestershire 108 & 221-3: Ackermann 103*, Amin 61*; Karvelas 2-21|
|Leicestershire (3 pts) want one other 278 to beat Sussex (4 pts) with 5 wickets remaining|
An unbeaten century from Colin Ackermann saved Leicestershire within the hunt for an unlikely victory that will reignite their promotion problem within the County Championship.
Ackermann was 103 not out at stumps on day three at Hove along with his facet on 221-3 and requiring an additional 278 to beat Sussex.
The Hove pitch has actually flattened out after 20 wickets fell within the first 4 periods and Leicestershire have been scuttled out for 108 of their first innings.
However it will nonetheless be a substantial achievement have been the Foxes to disclaim Sussex a win that will kick-start their very own promotion bid. The brand new ball, due after 16 overs on the ultimate day, shall be essential in shaping the end result.
Leicestershire will take encouragement from the truth that they chased 389 to beat Yorkshire initially of the season whereas Sussex know all too nicely how a lot Ackermann loves batting on the County Floor, the place he made an unbeaten 277 final season.
They’d declared their second innings on 344-9 within the over after lunch – setting a goal of 499 – and shortly made inroads into the Leicestershire high order.
Indian left-armer Jaydev Unadkat pinned Sol Budinger within the fifth over and Ari Karvelas had skipper Lewis Hill well taken low down at third slip by Tom Clark within the eighth over to depart the Foxes on 16-2.
However Rishi Patel and Ackermann joined forces to placed on 92 in 21 overs with few alarms.
Karvelas had made a vital breakthrough when Patel miscued a drive to mid-off and Cheteshwar Pujara took an excellent tumbling catch however that was the final success Sussex loved within the day as Pakistan left-hander Umar Amin joined Ackermann in a stand up to now price 113.
Ackermann, who’s becoming a member of Durham on the finish of the season, reached his third hundred of the summer time with a single off James Coles and up to now he has confronted 155 balls, hitting 16 fours.
Earlier than the shut Henry Crocombe was bowling quick to 4 fielders stationed inside 20 yards of one another quick on the leg facet however Amin relished the battle, reaching his first fifty for the county he has joined for the final 4 Championship video games of the season.
Ackermann, in the meantime, wants one other 48 runs to succeed in 1,000 runs for the season – Patel having acquired to the milestone when he high scored with 48 in Leicestershire’s first innings.
Earlier, Sussex added 90 runs earlier than their declaration and with time on their facet there was by no means any must take undue dangers earlier than setting such a large goal.
James Coles reached his fourth fifty of the season with a six over long-on off Rehan Ahmed, including 58 with Fynn Hudson-Prentice earlier than turning into certainly one of two victims for the persevering Tom Scriven, who completed with 4 for 55.
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