Cricket: Hick routs Leicestershire

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Worcestershire completed their fourth win from their last five Championship matches after a dramatic Leicestershire collapse at New Road yesterday.

Set a target of 218 in 88 overs, the visitors started brightly with an opening stand of 59 before the England spinners, Richard Illingworth and Graeme Hick, tore Leicestershire apart. Only another 24 runs were added in the entire second innings after the first wicket fell as Leicestershire slumped to 83 all out, giving Worcestershire a 134-run win.

Hick returned figures of 5 for 18 in his 13 overs while Illingworth also displayed fine form ahead of Thursday's third Test against the West Indies, taking 4 for 30.

Durham lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a six-wicket victory over Glamorgan at Swansea, inspired by a superb 145 from Darren Blenkiron. The 21-year-old's maiden century in only his fifth Championship match meant that the home captain Hugh Morris's decision to declare his side's second innings at 336 for 9 backfired.

Durham were set a target of 341 in 102 overs for victory and at one stage were struggling at 37 for 2. But then Blenkiron and Stewart Hutton came together for a third-wicket stand of 177 which turned the tide completely and, although both eventually fell, John Morris and Manoj Prabhakar comfortably wrapped up the win.

At Folkestone, the slow left-arm spinner Min Patel took 6 for 74 as Kent beat Cambridge University by 168 runs. The students were dismissed for 207 as they chased a target of 376, with the seamer Julian Thompson reducing them to 19 for 2 and ending with figures of 2 for 10 in his eight overs.

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