County Championship: Colin Ackermann hits 186 as Leicestershire head for Sussex draw
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Fischer County Floor, Grace Street (day three):|
|Sussex 438-Eight dec & 11-0: Wells 7no, Salt 3no|
|Leicestershire 422-9 dec: Ackermann 186, Cosgrove 64; Wells 4-81, Sharma 3-85|
|Sussex (Four pts) lead Leicestershire (5 pts) by 27 runs|
Colin Ackermann’s excellent 186 led Leicestershire to 422-9 earlier than declaring as their recreation with Sussex headed in direction of a draw on day three.
Starting the day on 61 not out, Ackermann was one run in need of his career-best first-class rating as he hit 24 fours in a 458-minute innings.
Mark Cosgrove made 64 in a 141 third-wicket stand with the South African.
Spinner Luke Wells had figures of 4-81 for Sussex, who replied with 11-Zero within the last few overs – they lead by 27.
Leicestershire batsman Colin Ackermann:
“Our goal was to bat the entire day and get as near their rating as we may, and we just about did that.
“Sussex have some high-class bowlers, and there was a bit within the wicket, particularly some variable bounce.
“There was a little bit of flip too, so I needed to preserve making use of myself.
“Cozzie (Mark Cosgrove) was good within the morning, he actually received the scoreboard transferring, and took a variety of stress off me.”
Sussex’s Luke Wells:
“It was good to get a protracted bowl at present, not having bowled correctly for a very long time by way of knee accidents and so forth.
“After not getting runs within the first innings it was good to go on the market and contribute, and I really feel like I am just about again to 100% health.
“It is a uncommon sight to see two leg-spinners bowling in tandem, with myself and Will Beer, and I believe we each loved it.”