Leicestershire 267 for 7 (Swindells 117*, Evans 60) beat Hampshire 265 for 8 (Dawson 57, Prest 51) by two wickets
Leicestershire produced a stunning performance to win the Metro Bank One-Day Cup final, coming back from the brink of ruin after being reduced to 19 for 4 by Hampshire to triumph by two runs off the very last ball.
The scale of this achievement has many strands. This is the county’s first List A trophy since 1985, and first trophy outright since lifting the T20 Blast in 2011, which was also their last visit to a final. But a much-maligned club, often the first to be mooted for the chop during the annual idle chats of trimming the County Cricket fat, have been driven to success by hometown heroes.
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Keith Barker, ^(https://lotus365.today/goto/https://www.espncricinfo.com/cricketers/keith-barker-354441)who took three of those opening four Leicestershire wickets inside 40 deliveries under overcast skies, had the opportunity to finish what he had started, but could only work a low full toss from Hull to midwicket when four was required off the final ball. Hull finished with 2 for 75, the first of which was the valuable scalp of Tom Prest ^(https://lotus365.today/goto/https://www.espncricinfo.com/cricketers/tom-prest-1181700)for 51.