DeFreitas denies Lancashire win

Lancashire's best-laid plans came to nothing here yesterday and the win they needed to maintain their championship hopes never materialised. As foreshadowed, saving the match was always a possibility on this pitch and Aftab Habib (73) and Philip DeFreitas, with anaccomplished unbeaten century, played the innings that did it comfortably enough for Leicestershire.

Lancashire's best-laid plans came to nothing here yesterday and the win they needed to maintain their championship hopes never materialised. As foreshadowed, saving the match was always a possibility on this pitch and Aftab Habib (73) and Philip DeFreitas, with anaccomplished unbeaten century, played the innings that did it comfortably enough for Leicestershire.

Following their earlier efforts, not to mention DeFreitas' with the ball, this was a massive contribution, though Leicestershire would have been distraught if their batting had disintegrated on a pitch which more or less anaesthetised the Lancashire spinners.

Apart from its lack of pace and bounce, this was probably a pretty good surface for a four-day match. But even on the final day it showed little sign of wear and tear and it was clearly too slow for Gary Keedy and Chris Schofield, even though they were given the ball while it was still pretty new and hard.

The lack of bounce was particularly disappointing for Schofield. He knew he was in for a hard day as soon as he saw batsmen able to play him off the pitch, rather than read his hand, but days like this are part of any young leg-spinner's highereducation.

Give or take some 50,000 spectators, these would be conditions not dissimilar to those he might find on the subcontinent this winter if he is selected.Patience, allied to the ability to bowl his stock leg-break accurately over after over, will be the main requirements, which sometimes eluded him here.

But he did vary it and even spun a leg-break from around the wicket to have Ben Smith caught at slip. He also had Jonathan Dakin picked up at bat-pad, so when Habib and DeFreitas came together Leicestershire were still behind with half their wickets gone.

Both, though, are accomplished players of spin and neither offered the bowlers much hope. John Crawley thoughtfully switched his attack around, but for once here were two home batsmen not about to give it away and by the time Habib was caught at slip the game was safe.

Soon afterwards DeFreitas reached three figures from 135 balls with a flurry of fours. It was good to see Lancashire, despite their disappointment, leading the applause for him.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee