Gurney’s 5-wicket haul took Foxes home in their last group match

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Gurney’s 5-wicket haul took Foxes home in their last group match
Harry Gurney’s five-wicket haul bagged Leicestershire 14-run victory over Hampshire in a Group C fixture of Clydesdale Bank 40 staged at Grace Road, Leicester on 4th of September. Chasing Leicestershire’s competitive 40-overs total of 241, Hampshire were 14 runs behind the target at the end of their allotted 40 overs with one wicket still intact.
The foundation for Leicester’s home victory was laid down by an opening stand of 114 runs between James Benning and Jacques du Toit. Both the openers struck half-centuries that were well complimented by picked one wicket each.
In reply, the visitors could muster only 227 runs from their quota of 40 overs. Hampshire’s lower order capitulation was a major factor behind their sixth defeat of the season.’s remarkable 62 were not enough to pass away 14 runs defeat, as five of his teammates fell for single digit scores. skipper after winning the toss opted to bat first. Hoggard’s decision was well respected by the opening pair of James Benning and Jacques du Toit, as the pair gave the hosts a perfect start with a three digit opening stand inside 20 overs. Benning cruised to his half century off as many deliveries with the help of six boundaries, while du Toit reached his fifty off 69 balls.
The explosive opening combination picked up plenty of boundaries including a straight six by James Benning that he looted off Liam Dawson. The straight six brought 100 up for the hosts in the 18th over. 114-run opening stand reached an end in the 20th over when bludgeoning Benning was sent back by Michael Bates with a slick stumping off Liam Dawson. Benning scored 62 runs from 58 balls hitting six boundaries and a six during his 70 minutes entertaining stay at crease.
Benning’s departure brought James Taylor to the crease and in partnership with Jacques du Toit, the pair played a succession of beautiful boundaries to drag the side towards a competitive score. Hampshire attack had to wait for next 13 overs to claim second success. The partnership was worth 71, when Sean Ervine broke it on the fifth ball of 33rd over, having Taylor caught by Liam Dawson.’s 34 runs came through 40 deliveries including two boundaries.
Jacques du Toit and Joshua Cobb added 13 more runs to the scorecard for the third wicket partnership. That became 198 for 3, when the fluent opener du Toit departed in the 36th over slashing Benny Howell to James Vince. Du Toit played a fine knock of 84 runs plundering six boundaries.
After du Toit’s dismissal, Joshua Cobb trained his guns on hittable length of Hampshire attack. Pugnacious Cobb mauled the Hampshire bowlers with a flurry of boundaries and a six. His whirlwind 43 not out off just 27 balls helped the visitors amass a competitive total of 241 for 3. Greg Smith scored unbeaten 7 from 7 balls hitting a boundary as well.’s absence had left the attack of Hampshire short on guns and the batting line-up of hosts chased in.



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