Leicestershire beat Hampshire for first List A triumph in 38 years
Harry Swindells’ unbeaten century helped the Foxes to a total of 267-7 after they slumped to 19-4.
Especially after half-centuries from Tom Prest (51) and Liam Dawson (57), Hampshire looked likely to reach the final.
Dawson holed out with eight needed off the last over, and they lost by two runs.
The star of the show was another Leicestershire product, Swindells, who limited Hampshire to just five off the last over. After Roger Tolchard’s century at Lord’s in 1972, he became the first Leicestershire player to score a century in a limited-overs final.
In 2018, Rilee Rossouw scored 125 not out to help Hampshire beat Kent at Lord’s with his 117 not out.
Since he had only been called up to keep wicket after Peter Handscomb’s return to Australia and was playing his first game in this season’s competition, his maiden List A century was all the more remarkable.
The side batting first has won each One-Day final since it moved to Trent Bridge in 2021. In 1985, David Gower’s side, complete with Jonathan Agnew, Peter Willey, Chris Balderstone, and James Whitaker, beat Graham Gooch’s Essex in the 55-overs-a-side Benson & Hedges Cup final at Lord’s.
Since losing the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy to Somerset in September 2001, they hadn’t even reached a one-day final in 22 years.
As of 2011, they had only won the T20 once, a joint record with Hampshire.