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County Championship: Colin Ackermann hits 186 as Leicestershire head for Sussex draw

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County Championship: Colin Ackermann hits 186 as Leicestershire head for Sussex draw

South African batsman Colin Ackermann is within the second yr of a two-year contract at Grace Street
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.”

BBC Sport – Cricket

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