Gurney five seals rare Leicestershire win
Leicestershire 241 for 3 beat Hampshire 227 for 9 by 14 runs
Harry Gurney claimed career-best figures of 5 for 24 as the Leicestershire Foxes closed their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign with a 14-run victory over Hampshire Hawks at Grace Road - their first win at home in the competition since the opening match of the season.
James Benning and Jacques Du Toit laid foundations for the Foxes' win by posting a season's best opening stand of 114 as Leicestershire totalled a challenging 241 for 3. Both batsmen hit half-centuries and despite an excellent innings of 62 from James Vince, Hampshire's victory hopes were shattered by 23-year-old left-arm seamer Gurney, who took four wickets for three runs in nine balls as the Hawks slumped to 227 for nine.
Hampshire's cause was not helped either when seam bowler Chris Wood limped off injured after being struck on the foot by a hard-hit straight drive by Benning in his third over. With no Dominic Cork in the side, it left Hampshire's attack short on firepower and the Foxes batsmen cashed in.
They were given the perfect start as Benning reached his half-century off 50 balls while Du Toit went to 50 off 69 balls. The two of them picked up plenty of boundaries, with a straight six by Benning off Liam Dawson bringing up the hundred in the 18th over.
But Benning was brilliantly stumped by Michael Bates having made 62 off 58 balls, with six fours and a six, out of the opening partnership of 114 in 20 overs. Du Toit top-scored with 84 off 109 balls before skying a catch to the long-on boundary off the bowling of Benny Howell and Hampshire's only other success was James Taylor, who was caught off Sean Ervine for 34.
Josh Cobb hit a brisk 43 off 27 balls to boost Leicestershire's total and it was then left to the home attack to take centre stage. Gurney was the star, claiming the wicket of opener Phil Hughes with a superb delivery in his first over and then clinching victory for the Foxes with a sensational nine-ball spell that brought him the four wickets at the end of the innings.
Vince top-scored with 62 before being brilliantly stumped by Tom New off Matthew Hoggard but from 202 for four, the Hawks slumped to 227 for 9 in the final five overs.