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Records galore as Sussex and Leicestershire play out run-laden draw

Delray Rawlins and his Sussex team-mates settled for a draw after Leicestershire posted a record 756 for four in their LV= Insurance County Championship second division match at the 1st Central County Ground yesterday.

Colin Ackermann and Wiaan Mulder scored unbeaten double centuries as Leicestershire plundered 756 for four declared in response to Sussex's 588. The teams called if off after Sussex reached 220 for one in the second innings (Photograph courtesy of Leicestershire County Cricket Club)

Leicestershire were left still looking for their first County Championship win of the season, despite having a memorable first innings at Hove where they posted their highest first-class score after South African pair Colin Ackermann and Wiaan Mulder each made maiden double centuries.

Ackerman finished on 277 not out and Mulder 235 not out while adding a record partnership for any wicket of 477 for the fifth wicket stand before Leicestershire declared at lunch with Sussex 168 behind.

The 756 put on by Leicestershire is also a county record for them, beating the 701 for four scored against Worcestershire in 1906.

The Leicestershire total was also the most runs scored against Sussex, surpassing the 726 they conceded at Nottingham in 1895 and is also the highest score posted at Hove in 150 years.

Spinners Rawlins and James Coles did the bulk of the bowling for Sussex in the Leicestershire second innings. Rawlins bowled 49 overs and gave up 223 runs without taking a wicket, while Coles bowled 44 overs and conceded 198 runs for his one wicket.

There was never any chance of a win for Leicestershire as they needed to take early wickets, but found Sussex also in the mood to score another big total as they posted 220 for one before the teams shook hands

The match was stopped as a draw at 4.30pm, with a total of 1,564 runs scored over the four days for the loss of just 14 wickets.

Opener Ali Orr scored 106 not out and Tom Alsop 60 not out in the Sussex second innings.