Championship: Azhar Ali and Jack Haynes share report stand as Pears grind down Leicestershire

Worcestershire batter Azhar Ali (right) celebrates scoring a double century


Azhar Ali’s unbeaten 202 took his tally to 442 runs in his last four innings at an average of 147
LV= County Championship Division Two, New Road (day two)
Leicestershire 148: Wright 27*; Barnard 3-45
Worcestershire 456-3: Azhar 202*, Haynes 127, D’Oliveira 52*
Worcestershire 8 pts, Leicestershire 1pt
Match scorecard

Azhar Ali scored a superb double hundred as he and fellow centurion Jack Haynes rewrote the record books on day two of the County Championship Division Two match with Leicestershire at New Road.

Pakistan Test batter Azhar and former England Under-19s international Haynes put on 281 for the third wicket – a record partnership against Leicestershire, surpassing the 278 by Cyril Walters and Harold Gibbons in 1934.

Their efforts were largely responsible for Worcestershire totalling 456 for three by the close – a lead of 308.

Haynes was eventually dismissed for 127 but Azhar went on to bring up his double ton in the final over of the day with a cover drive for four off Rehan Ahmed.