Leicestershire v Essex
County Championship 1973
VenueGrace Road, Leicester on 18th, 20th, 21st August 1973 (3-day match)
Balls per over6
TossEssex won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsLeicestershire 3 (Batting 2, Bowling 1); Essex 8 (Batting 5, Bowling 3)
UmpiresJF Crapp, H Horton
Close of play day 1Leicestershire (1) 9/2 (Dudleston 2*, Balderstone 2*; 4 overs)
Close of play day 2Essex (2) 18/0 (Francis 14*, Hardie 4*)

Essex first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BC Francisc Tolchard b McKenzie148     
BR Hardielbw b Matthews35     
*KWR Fletcherc Tolchard b McKenzie8     
KR Pontst Tolchard b Birkenshaw69     
BEA Edmeadesc Birkenshaw b Illingworth27     
S Turnernot out19     
RE Eastb Higgs2     
+N Smithnot out4     
RNS Hobbsdid not bat      
DL Acfielddid not bat      
JK Leverdid not bat      
Extras(5 lb, 8 nb, 1 w)14
Total(6 wickets, declared, 104 overs)326
Fall of wickets:
1-50, 2-62, 3-201, 4-256, 5-310, 6-313
Leicestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
McKenzie16   2652--
Higgs12   1481--
Matthews11   1391--
Birkenshaw34   9691--
Steele8   2350--
Illingworth19   6441--
Balderstone4   0120--

Leicestershire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
B Dudlestonlbw b Turner5     
JF Steeleb Turner0     
RB Matthewsc Smith b Lever5     
JC Balderstoneb Turner37     
BF Davisonb Acfield39     
*R Illingworthb East75     
+RW Tolchardc East b Hobbs26     
GA Knewb East1     
J Birkenshawlbw b Acfield29     
GD McKenziest Smith b Hobbs0     
K Higgsnot out24     
Extras(9 lb, 5 nb)14
Total(all out, 99.3 overs)255
Fall of wickets:
1-2, 2-7, 3-25, 4-88, 5-88, 6-179, 7-197, 8-198, 9-203, 10-255 (99.3 ov)
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever20   4451--
Turner21   4543--
Edmeades9   1400--
East15   7202--
Hobbs15   4522--

Essex second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BC Francisb Higgs20     
BR Hardielbw b McKenzie12     
*KWR Fletcherc Tolchard b Higgs0     
KR Pontrun out48     
BEA Edmeadesc Higgs b Illingworth21     
S Turnernot out54     
RE Eastc Balderstone b Steele4     
+N Smithc Dudleston b Illingworth2     
RNS Hobbsnot out13     
DL Acfielddid not bat      
JK Leverdid not bat      
Extras(1 lb, 2 nb)3
Total(7 wickets, declared, 60 overs)177
Fall of wickets:
1-20, 2-29, 3-33, 4-87, 5-128, 6-136, 7-150
Leicestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
McKenzie11   3311--
Higgs10   1312--
Matthews3   0120--
Birkenshaw8   3130--
Steele7   2271--
Illingworth15   1452--
Balderstone6   0150--

Leicestershire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
B Dudlestonc Fletcher b Lever2     
JF Steeleb Lever1     
JC Balderstonenot out52     
BF Davisonnot out93     
RB Matthewsdid not bat      
*R Illingworthdid not bat      
+RW Tolcharddid not bat      
GA Knewdid not bat      
J Birkenshawdid not bat      
GD McKenziedid not bat      
K Higgsdid not bat      
Extras(1 b, 1 lb, 7 nb)9
Total(2 wickets, 55 overs)157
Fall of wickets:
1-4, 2-15
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever8   2172--
Turner5   140--
Acfield5   1140--
East20   2640--
Hobbs17   3490--

--> BC Francis (1) passed his previous highest score of 140 in County Championship matches
--> BC Francis (1) passed 1000 runs in first-class matches for the season when he reached 117
--> R Illingworth (1) passed 14000 runs in County Championship matches when he reached 66
--> BC Francis (2) passed 1000 runs in County Championship matches for the season when he reached 20
--> BEA Edmeades (2) passed 10000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 15
--> K Higgs reached 1250 wickets in first-class matches when taking his 2nd wicket in the Essex second innings





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