Hodge's heroics set up a thriller

The Australian Brad Hodge opened up his season with twin centuries to keep Leicestershire in contention in the Second Division game against Glamorgan at Grace Road.

The Australian Brad Hodge opened up his season with twin centuries to keep Leicestershire in contention in the Second Division game against Glamorgan at Grace Road.

The Victorian was ably supported by one of four new recruits in the Leicestershire line-up, the former South African all-rounder Claude Henderson, who is registered as a domestic player having turned his back on Western Province and his international career. The 31-year-old has played Tests and one-day internationals but has joined the exodus of his compatriots who are disillusioned with their selection prospects.

Following on, the home side were still 67 behind on a precarious 124 for 5 going into the final day, but Hodge struck 158 in a five-and-a-half-hour stay at the crease which featured 20 fours and two sixes. By day four, the bowlers were simply unable to dismiss him - he was run out.

Henderson chipped in with 63, adding 130 for the sixth wicket with Hodge. That at least enabled the home side to set a target of some sort, 163, and use up valuable time in search of a draw.

However, Henderson dramatically revived hopes of an unlikely victory by picking up 5 for 28 with his left-arm spin as Glamorgan stuttered to 125 for 9 in the run-chase and settled for a nervy draw.

Nottinghamshire's Cornish pace bowler Charlie Shreck returned career-best figures of 6 for 46 and his side opened their Championship account with a win as Durham succumbed with barely a whimper at Chester-le-Street.

Resuming their second innings on a parlous 30 for 3, the home side were bundled out for 93 to lose by an innings and 80 runs, following their defeat to Hampshire in the first round of matches.

Yorkshire began in winning fashion, too, against Essex at Headingley, losing three wickets on their way to a target of 128. Essex began the day on 145 for 6, one run behind, a rearguard action by all-rounders Graham Napier and John Stephenson at numbers nine and 10 proving futile.

Somerset declared on 170 for 6 to leave Derbyshire chasing an unlikely 284 for victory at Taunton. The former England pace spearhead Andy Caddick, on his return to action after missing most of last season with a foot injury, claimed an early scalp but the visitors trod warily thereafter to force the draw on 112 for 1.

Willie Watson, the former Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England batsman, died at his home in Johannesburg yesterday, aged 84.

He played in 23 Tests and scored two centuries, the first of which famously helped to save the Lord's Test of 1953 against Australia, in what was his first Ashes Test. He scored 109, sharing a partnership of 163 with Trevor Bailey to bat out more than five hours on the final day. Watson also won four caps at football and travelled with England to their first World Cup in 1950.

Suggested Topics
Life and Style
love + sex
Voices
A propaganda video shows Isis forces near Tikrit
voicesAdam Walker: The Koran has violent passages, but it also has others that explicitly tells us how to interpret them
News
people
Sport
football
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

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn