Leicestershire finished on 270-7 after the first day of the LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire at Grace Road.
Worcestershire made two changes from their previous match against Lancashire, with Michael Johnson and Shaaiq Choudhry replacing Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley, and after Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat Alan Richardson took his 50th Championship wicket of the season when Greg Smith (1) edged to Moeen Ali at first slip in the 5th over of the day.
Niall O’Brien and Ned Eckersley took Leicestershire past 50 before Joe Leach (1-29 off 9 overs) got O’Brien (31) to edge to Daryl Mitchell at second slip, with the score on 53, and then Choudhry (1-31 off 16 overs), in his first over, trapped Shiv Thakor (9) lbw before lunch, which was taken with the home side on 69-3 off 31 overs.
After lunch Eckersley was dropped by Ali in the slips on 29 but the fourth wicket came on 94 when Tom Wells (8) was lbw to Jack Shantry. Eckersley then went to his 50, with his 9th four, off 116 balls and then, with Josh Cobb, the Leicestershire pair added a further 78 runs before tea, with the home side on 172-4 off 64 overs.
After tea, the fifth wicket partnership ended on 92 when Cobb was caught at mid-off by Tom Fell off Ali (1-20 off 11 overs) for 44 but Eckersley went on to reach his century off 222 balls before he was bowled by Richardson (2-53 off 22 overs) for 106 off 249 balls, with 14 fours, to leave Leicestershire on 226-6.
15 runs later James Sykes (13) was caught at short mid-wicket by Ali off Shantry (2-62 off 25 overs) and then Ben Raine (16*) and Ollie Freckingham (22*) survived the final stages of the day, with Leicestershire on 270-7 at stumps.
Worcestershire ended the second day at Grace Road on 265-5, trailing Leicestershire by 9 runs.
Leicestershire were only able to add just 4 runs to their overnight score of 270-7 as Alan Richardson took his first hat-trick of his career, spread over two overs, to end with 5-57 off 24.2 overs. The veteran got Ollie Freckingham (26) to edge to Daryl Mitchell at second slip followed by two lbws, dismissing both Matthew Hoggard and Alex Wyatt for 0, in successive balls.
In reply Matt Pardoe departed early for 2 when he was lbw to Hoggard and then before lunch both Moeen Ali (25), to Ben Raine, and Mitchell (23), to Hoggard, were also lbw to leave Worcestershire on 65-3 at lunch.
But then in the afternoon session Tilan Samaraweera and Tom Fell added a further 117 runs as Samaraweera went to his 50 off 98 balls and Fell off 97 balls with the visitors going to tea on 182-3, trailing by 92 runs.
After tea the fourth wicket partnership continued along nicely but eventually it ended on 181 when Fell was caught behind by Niall O’Brien off Shiv Thakor for 84 off 167 balls, with 14 fours, and when Joe Leach (0), two overs later, was caught in the slips by Greg Smith off Thakor Worcestershire were 238-5 in the 77th over.
Samaraweera and Michael Johnson (12*) then added 27 more runs before stumps, with the Sri Lankan unbeaten on 99 off 202 balls, with 11 fours, as Worcestershire ended the second day on 265-5.
On the third day at Grace Road Leicestershire ended the day on 190-6, leading Worcestershire by 126 runs.
Worcestershire began the day on 265-5, trailing by 9 runs, and Tiian Samaraweera reached his century, off his first ball of the day, off 203 balls, with 11 fours, before the visitors went into the lead.
Michael Johnson was trapped lbw off Matthew Hoggard for 17, with the score on 276, and 8 runs later Hoggard bowled Shaaiq Choudhry for 0. But then Samaraweera and Jack Shantry struck seven fours in an eighth wicket partnership of 47, to take Worcestershire’s lead over 50, until Shantry (22) edged behind to Niall O’Brien off James Sykes, who then bowled Graeme Cessford (0) with his next delivery.
Alan Richardson (1) was the last wicket to fall when he was bowled by Ollie Freckingham and Worcestershire were all out for 338 off 110.5 overs, with Samaraweera unbeaten on an excellent 144 off 262 balls, with 17 fours.
Trailing by 64 runs Leicestershire had to bat for 15 minutes before lunch, which came with the home side on 2-0, and then after lunch Leicestershire were reduced to 31-3 as O’Brien (12) miscued Cessford to Shantry at cover, Greg Smith (7) was bowled by Shantry and then Shiv Thakor (1) was lbw to Shantry (2-30 off 15 overs).
Worcestershire then took their fourth wicket on 63, when Tom Wells (17) shouldered arms and was bowled by Shantry, before Leicestershire went into the lead and then Josh Cobb (11) was out in the last over before tea when he drove Cessford (3-43 off 14 overs) to Samaraweera at extra cover to leave Leicestershire on 97-5, a lead of 33 runs.
After tea Ben Raine (19) was bowled by Choudhry (1-46 off 17 overs), with the score on 120-6, before Ned Eckersley went to his 50 off 106 balls, with his 6th four. Then Eckersley, along with James Sykes (22*), frustrated the visitors as their unbeaten seventh wicket stand of 70 took the home side to 190-6 at stumps, with Eckersley unbeaten on 91 off 159 balls, with 11 fours.
Worcestershire defeated Leicestershire by 9 wickets on the fourth and final day of their LV= County Championship match at Grace Road.
Leicestershire resumed on 190-6, leading by 126 runs, and Ned Eckersley went to his second hundred of the match, with his 12th four, off 193 balls before James Sykes (32) was trapped lbw by Alan Richardson (1-47 off 25 overs), with the score on 212-7, to end a seventh wicket partnership of 92.
19 runs later Ollie Freckingham (4) was caught by Pardoe at short extra cover off Shantry (4-53 off 24.2 overs), who then bowled Eckersley, in his next over, for 119 off 224 balls, with 14 fours, and then Matthew Hoggard (8) was lbw to Shaaiq Choudhry (2-52 off 21.2 overs) to end the innings before lunch, with Leicestershire all out for 248 off 100.2 overs.
Worcestershire required 185 runs to win in two sessions and Daryl Mitchell and Matt Pardoe had given the visitors a good start by hitting eight fours in their opening wicket stand of 62 until Mitchell was bowled by Hoggard for 35.
Pardoe and Moeen Ali then put on an unbeaten second wicket stand of 50 by tea, with the visitors on 112-1, needing a further 73 runs to win, and after tea they went on the attack as Pardoe went to his 50, with his 8th four, off 91 balls and Ali striking 6 fours and 2 sixes in his half-century, which came off 58 balls.
The Worcestershire pair then took the visitors to victory, with an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 123, before the last hour as Ali hit the winning single to seal a 9 wicket win, with Pardoe unbeaten on 76 off 126 balls, with 12 fours, and Ali not out on 63 off 76 balls, with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
WORCESTERSHIRE (338 & 185-1) BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE (274 & 248) BY 9 WICKETS
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Tom Fell, Joe Leach, Michael Johnson+, Shaaiq Choudhry, Jack Shantry, Graeme Cessford, Alan Richardson