WORCESTERSHIRE were once again frustrated by the elements at New Road as rain and bad light prevented them from skittling Leicestershire out.

The Foxes were rocking following a late burst from Kabir Ali as he took two late wickets before Ryan Cummins ensured that Leicestershire avoided the follow-on and closed on 170-7 with Claude Henderson seven not out and Cummins unbeaten on 18.

Skipper Vikram Solanki made the bold decision to declare with Worcestershire 300-8 with Steven Davies unbeaten on 78 and Steve Magoffin four not out - Gareth Andrew dismissed by Cummins for 27.

It looked like that positive declaration was going to pay dividends as Matt Boyce was bowled off his pads by Magoffin for just six with 18 on the board in the 10th over.

Fellow Leicestershire opener Tom New went the following over as he took a wild swing at a shortish ball from Andrew and was caught behind for nine.

The Foxes were rocking at 18-2, before rain delayed them coming back after lunch for 15 minutes and then Hylton Ackerman hit a quick-fire 46 before Magoffin trapped him leg before.

Jacques du Toit followed shortly after as he top-edge Chris Whelan to Davies for 20 and then another rain interuption brought about an early tea.

Magoffin struck shortly after the break as Foxes' skipper Paul Nixon pushed forward only to find the edge where Daryl Mitchell took a good low catch at second slip to send the former England man back to the pavilion with only one to his name.

Kabir then removed James Allenby and James Taylor after a break for bad light and, despite trying twice to get back on, more bad light finally brough the day to an end.