Cricket: Leicestershire are rescued by Johnson

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Neil Johnson, Leicestershire's South African recruit, staved off a three- day defeat for the champions by Worcestershire at New Road yesterday, writes Adam Szreter.

Leicestershire were dismissed for 69 in their first innings (Phil Newport 7 for 37) and lost three wickets for 14 after following on 188 behind. Left-hander Johnson then hit an unbeaten 87 off 108 balls and put on 118 with Darren Maddy (36) as Leicestershire made 141 for 4 to reduce their deficit to 47. No play was possible after tea because of rain.

Stephen Peters scored his second successive century against Cambridge University as Essex drew at Fenner's, while Oxford University crashed to an innings defeat by Warwickshire.