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Mongia puts Leicestershire in command

Dinesh Mongia hit an unbeaten 158 to put Leicestershire in a commanding position against Essex in the division two County championship.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 09:46 IST

Dinesh Mongia fired an unbeaten 158 to put Leicestershire in a commanding position against Essex in the division two County Championship at Chelmsford.

The left-handed Indian was typically pugnacious, driving and pulling with authority during his 246-ball knock, which was studded with 20 fours and a six.

Mongia, who came in after the departure of opener DDJ Robinson (53) at 97 for two, shared a 170-run partnership for the third wicket with another centurion HD Ackerman (111) to help his side pile up 392 for five from 104 overs on Wednesday.

At the close of a fruitful first day's play, PA Nixon (18) was giving company to Mongia at the crease after the visitors elected to bat on a batsmen-friendly pitch.

For Essex, left-arm spinner Tim Phillips was the most successful bowler, claiming two wickets for 57.