Cricket: Gibson is fired up

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Leicestershire struck back late on the second day of their Championship match at Cardiff yesterday to resurrect their hopes of victory after surrendering a 51-run advantage to Glamorgan on the first innings.

Hugh Morris went in the first over of the Welshmen's second innings, and just as Matthew Maynard looked set for a big innings, after scoring 34 off 37 balls, he fell to a fine catch by Adrian Pierson off Gordon Parsons. Adrian Dale followed quickly, leaving the match balanced at the close with Glamorgan on 67 for 3.

Leicestershire's batsmen had earlier struggled to cope with the fiery pace of Ottis Gibson, who deserved a better return than 3 for 72, although he did become the first Glamorgan player to reach 50 wickets this season.

From 38 for 3, Tim Boon, run out for 74, and Phil Robinson, who hit a career-best 86, pulled Leicestershire to 244.

Northamptonshire had the prospect of a first victory over Kent for 17 years in view for much of the day at Northampton, but their chances were dimmed by a robust stand between Mark Ealham and Steve Marsh, Kent's acting captain. They came together when Carl Hooper departed just after tea, and at 151 for 6, Kent were then only 56 runs in front. But Ealham, with 43, and Marsh, unbeaten on 26, put on 65 in 18 overs and although Ealham was eventually undone by Curtly Ambrose's extra bounce, the visitors had progressed to 228 for 7 - a lead of 133 - when bad light halted play 15 overs early.

Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, who ripped through the Sri Lankan batting in two sessions, put Pakistan in a strong position on the opening day of the final Test in Kandy yesterday. Sri Lanka succumbed to the pace onslaught for only 71, their lowest innings score in Test cricket, by tea. At the close, Pakistan had taken a 38-run lead after hitting 109 for 2.