County Championship: Brett D’Oliveira century places Worcestershire in command at Leicestershire

Brett D'Oliveira batting

Brett D’Oliveira faced 235 balls in his unbeaten 118 against Leicestershire
LV= County Championship Division Two, Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester (day two):
Worcestershire 348: D’Oliveira 118*, Leach 70, Barnard 57; Wright 3-53, Barnes 3-74
Leicestershire 42-3: Hill 26*; Leach 2-12
Worcestershire (4 pts) lead Leicestershire (3 pts) by 306 runs

An unbeaten century by Brett D’Oliveira in his first match as club captain put Worcestershire in a strong position after two days of their opening County Championship match against Leicestershire.

The 30-year-old all-rounder, handed the job after Joe Leach stepped down at the end of last season, compiled a fine, measured innings to finish on 118 not out as the visitors to the Uptonsteel County Ground posted a first-innings total of 348.

At the close, Leicestershire were 42-3 in reply, having been 6-3 after Leach and Charlie Morris took early wickets with the new ball.

D’Oliveira had survived a difficult chance at third slip on three on the…