London: Australian all-rounder Daniel Marsh inspired Leicestershire to a six-run victory over County Championship Division One title contenders Lancashire at Grace Road on Friday. Marsh snapped up two wickets and took two spectacular catches to stun John Crawley's side and that was after he top-scored in Leicestershire's second innings with an unbeaten 50.
Having bowled the hosts out for 169 in its second innings, Lancashire required 211 for victory and looked to be well on target when John Crawley (53) and Ryan Driver (35) steered their side to 113 for two but Lancashire then lost its next five wickets for 34 runs and with only Glen Chapple (44) offering any further resistance. Leicestershire rattled through the visitors' card and had them all out for 204 in a dramatic turnaround.
Jon Dakin was the pick of the Leicestershire bowlers, taking three for 40 off 10.5 overs, while former England paceman Devon Malcolm, Darren Maddy and Marsh all took two wickets each. Earlier Leicestershire had resumed on 72 for four only to find the going tough with Peter Martin (five for 52) and Sri Lankan spin wizard Muthiah Muralitharan (four for 56) ensuring Lancashire went into its second innings with victory in sight.
The outcome of Yorkshire's clash with Somerset at Headingley rests on an ongoing duel between Darren Lehmann and Andrew Caddick. Yorkshire found itself in need and in receipt of some Lehmann brilliance when Yorkshire hit early trouble in pursuit of 354 to win after Somerset had turned 101 for one into 327 for eight declared.
David Byas' team suffered an unwelcome repeat of its first innings in descending to nine for two by the third over before a Lehmann-inspired recovery took it to 96 for three by stumps. Australian Lehmann remained on 53 not out - passing his 50 from only 38 balls - with skipper Byas undefeated on 26.
Somerset's second innings owed much to a century stand in the middle order with Piran Holloway (85) and Jamie Cox (80) keeping Yorkshire toiling, with Michael Burns (50) and Rob Turner (33) both making their second useful batting contributions of the match.
At Northampton Surrey and its hosts were involved in a real run feast with Adam Hollioake's side closing on 547 for eight just 24 hours after Northants had been bowled out for 476.
Copyright AFP 2001