Honours even at Grace Road
Leicestershire held out for a draw in a tense finish to their County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire at Grace Road.
Having been set a victory target of 341 in 86 overs, the home side finished on 289 for nine with last-wicket pair Wayne White and Matthew Hoggard surviving the last 9.2 overs to deny Northants their second win of the season.
At one stage Leicestershire looked the more likely winners, with Ramnaresh Sarwan hitting 94 and Josh Cobb 59, to leave them needing 101 runs off 20 overs.
But then they lost five wickets for 28 runs in 10 overs before White and Hoggard salvaged an unlikely draw.
But it was a fine effort from Northants who were reduced to a four-man bowling attack because of an injury to Chaminda Vaas that kept him off the field for the final day.
Lee Daggett took four for 76 and David Willey two for 70 but, despite claiming the second new ball with the score at 277 for nine and six overs remaining, Northants were unable to claim the wicket they needed for victory.
Two enterprising declarations set up the prospect of a positive result from the rain-affected game. Leicestershire declared on their overnight 38 for two and Northants responded by scoring 26 without loss setting Leicestershire to chase 341.
They did not make the best of starts, slipping to 64 for three in 26 overs as Willey and Daggett gave Northants the initiative.
But Sarwan and Cobb joined forces in an exhilarating fourth-wicket stand of 103 in 21 overs that gave Leicestershire a sniff of a possible victory.
Sarwan was in majestic form with some glorious drives on the off side and wristy strokes through mid-wicket. He reached 50 off 65 balls with seven fours and looked set for to complete his second century of the season as he cruised into the nineties.
But he was finally dismissed lbw trying to sweep off-spinner James Middlebrook having hit 94 off 120 balls with 11 boundaries.
Cobb's half century came off 62 balls with a six and seven fours and his innings ended when he was bowled offering no shot to a ball from Daggett.
Ned Eckersley made a determined 35 but in the end it was White (29 not out) and Hoggard that came to Leicestershire's rescue.
The home side took five points from the game and Northants seven.