County Championship: Leicestershire’s Hassan Azad scores century to earn draw with Surrey

Lewis Hill Hassan Azad


Lewis Hill and Hassan Azad defied Surrey after tea
LV= County Championship Group Two, Kia Oval, London (day four):
Leicestershire 375 & 295-3: Azad 144*, Hill 69*; Clark 2-37
Surrey 672-8 dec: Pope 245, Smith 123, Foakes 87
Surrey (15 pts) drew with Leicestershire (13 pts)
Scorecard

Hassan Azad made a heroic century as Leicestershire batted throughout the final day to secure a draw against Surrey in the County Championship.

The opener was unbeaten on 144 and had helped his side to 295-3 when the captains decided to shake hands.

Leicestershire resumed on 21-0 in their second innings, still 276 runs behind, but Azad and Lewis Hill (69 not out) guided the visitors to safety.

They put on 152 for the fourth wicket, with Azad facing 280 balls in total.

On a flat Oval track, on which Surrey scored 672-8 in their first innings, the hosts could not make the regular breakthroughs they needed for victory.

Jordan Clark had given them a sniff before lunch when he removed Sam Evans and Harry Dearden in…