Gurney hopeful of making T20 quarter-final

Harry Gurney’s prospects of being fit to play for Leicestershire in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Kent at Grace Road on August 6 seem to be improving.

The left-arm seamer, a prolific wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket this season, suffered a torn hamstring bowling in last week’s County Championship defeat by Essex.

Gurney was initially rated doubtful for the quarter-final, Leicestershire’s biggest match in five years, but he is already on the mend.

“The feedback we have had from our fitness staff and from Harry himself is that he will be ready,”  said Leicestershire coach Phil Whitticase.

“He will have to get some bowling in during the first week of August in the build-up to the quarter-final match. The concern is that if he is pushed too early and there is some weakness there it could set him back.”

Leicestershire also play Kent at Grace Road in a Championship match in the week before the quarter-final which they have pencilled in for a possible return to action  for Gurney.

If he is still not fit to play in that match Gurney might still be given the chance to prove his fitness for the quarter-final by bowling in the nets.

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