Boyce in vital 78 for Foxes
An unbeaten 78 from Matthew Boyce helped steer Leicestershire clear of trouble on the third day of their Championship match with Kent at Grace Road yesterday.
After the second day had been washed out completely, day three lost another 37 overs after morning rain.
When Kent resumed their first innings on 322-6, they quickly added 28 runs to claim a fourth batting point but, when Brendan Nash was eighth out falling to Jigar Naik for 119, they declared on 350-8.
The promotion-chasers' plan was clearly to bowl out County for under 201 and enforce the follow-on in a bid for victory.
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Conditions were still assisting the seam bowlers, perhaps even more so than on the first day with the still-green pitch having been under the covers for the best part of two days.
When Leicestershire lost both Michael Thornely and Ned Eckersley for just 14 runs, the visitors were the ones who were calling the shots.
However, Boyce rebuilt firstly with Will Jones, and then with Josh Cobb, County closing on a solid 171-3.
Life was never easy for the batsmen against a strong Kent seam attack and both Boyce and Jones had escapes in their stand of 93. Darren Stevens was the unfortunate bowler on both occasions,
Matt Coles spilling a chance off Boyce when he had made just seven, wicketkeeper Geraint Jones failing to cling on to a low catch when his namesake had scored 10.
The Leicestershire opener went on to make 48 before nicking Coles to Stevens in the slip cordon leaving Cobb to join the fight with Boyce.
Both went about the job sensibly, playing shots when the opportunity arose.
At stumps, Boyce had found the ropes on eight occasions from the 140 deliveries he faced in what was proving a disciplined and important knock.