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"We got everything we came for" - Chris Woakes

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12 Sep 2018, 04:42 GMT+10

Division Two leaders Warwickshire are in a totally dominant position, leading by 284 runs with one first innings wicket remaining, after a rain-affected second day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.

As Chris Woakes, their England allrounder, put it: "We got everything we came for today." Woakes got an unbeaten 64.

The morning session was lost to rain, but play was able to start at 2pm, with 59.5 overs scheduled.

Jonathan Trott, having resumed on 34 not out, hit just two scoring shots - both boundaries - in the first 40 minutes before falling to a delivery from 20-year-old seamer Ben Mike that bounced and seamed back to take the top edge on its way through to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley.

With the ball swinging in surprisingly humid conditions, Sam Hain and Tim Ambrose compiled a partnership of 55 for the fifth wicket before Ambrose, pressing forward, edged off-spinner Colin Ackermann to Eckersley.

With batting bonus points in mind, Hain and Woakes began to accelerate the scoring rate after the tea interval before Hain, on 72, was leg before to Mike.

Woakes went to a half-century of his own, off 69 balls, but lost partners quickly as Warwickshire accelerated, Keith Barker holing out to Acekermann before Mohammad Abbas gained some reward for unstinting effort with a double wicket maiden in which he dismissed both Chris Wright and Olly Stone without scoring.

When bad light ended play, Warwickshire needed 16 runs off two overs to secure their fifth batting bonus point.

Leicestershire batsman Colin Ackermann said: "A tough day for us, but the guys showed a lot of fight to restrict the scoring rate and keep them below 400. Ben Mike is bowling really well, he swings it nice and late and is a good prospect for the future."

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