Sarwan lifts Leicestershire with century

LONDON, England,  CMC –  West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan scored an attractive century as Leicestershire flourished on the second day of their Division Two County game against Derbyshire here yesterday.

The Guyanese right-hander, who has not played for West Indies in nearly a year, stroked 105 to lift the visitors to 318 for seven away to Derbyshire.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Leicestershire were in early trouble when they slipped to 25 for two after adding just one to their overnight score, following a rain-ravaged opening day on Thursday.

Their third wicket fell at 105 before Sarwan combined with Joshua Cobb who also hit 105, to rally Leicestershire in a fourth wicket partnership of 141.

Sarwan, a veteran of 87 Tests, stroked 16 fours and a six in an innings that required 193 balls and lasted a shade over four hours.

He survived a chance when 24 but batted without blemish thereafter to reach his 32nd first class century.

Sarwan eventually perished when he pulled left-arm seamer Ross Whiteley low to David Wainwright at deep square-leg.
Cobb, meanwhile, struck 12 fours and a six off 165 balls in 201 minutes at the crease.

Sarwan is leading Leicestershire in the game after regular captain Mathew Hoggard was ruled out through injury.

At St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash had no such luck as he was dismissed for 12 as Kent finished the day on 119 for six against on Gloucestershire (255).

At the Oval, Barbados all-rounder Chris Jordan got a start but failed to carry on as he made 20 for Surrey in their 120 for seven on the second day, after the opening day of the encounter was washed out.

He was one of five wickets to fall to veteran fast bowler Alan Richardson (5-42).

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