Boyce century holds up Tykes

MATT Boyce hit an unbeaten 106 as Leicestershire posted 318 for nine on the first day of the LV= County Championship Division Two game against Yorkshire at Grace Road.

It was the 26-year-old’s second century of the season - both against Yorkshire - as he helped to haul his side out of trouble after they had slumped to 98 for four.

Boyce, who was dropped on 26 and 94, shared half-century stands with Shiv Thakor, Wayne White and Claude Henderson.

Steve Patterson was Yorkshire’s most successful bowler with three for 54, but it was mixed fortunes for Steve Harmison in his third game since joining the Tykes on loan from Durham.

The former England fast bowler took two for 69 in 16 overs but conceded 19 runs in wides and no-balls.

Leicestershire lost their first wicket with the score at 20 in the ninth over.

All the runs were scored by Greg Smith, who was then out lbw playing across the line to a delivery from Patterson that kept a touch low.