Hoggard and Gurney fitness doubts for T20 quarter-final

Leicestershire’s Friends Life t20 quarter final against Kent will be played at Grace Road on Saturday August 6 (5pm).

There were originally supposed to be two quarter-finals on the Saturday but the England and Wales Cricket Board has now agreed to play only one on that day, two on August 7 and one on Monday August 8.

It will be Leicestershire’s first appearance in the quarter-finals since 2006 when they trounced Kent by nine wickets at Grace Road and then went on to win the competition for the second time in three seasons.

Two Leicestershire players, captain Matthew Hoggard and left-arm seamer Harry Gurney, remain fitness doubts for the quarter-final.

Hoggard damaged a wrist hitting a punch ball two weeks ago and he is expected to have the cast removed within the week.

Leicestershire hope that Hoggard will be bowling again by the quarter-final but whether he they decide to risk him making his comeback in such an important match is another matter.

Gurney, who has been in outstanding Twenty20 form this season, suffered a slight hamstring tear in last week’s heavy County Championship defeat by Essex at Grace Road, his first appearance in the competition this season.

Gurney has been a key member of Leicestershire’s Twenty20 side with 22 wickets in 13 matches in the competition.

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