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Sean Ervine

Zimbabwean Sean Ervine smashed an impressive 136 from 106 deliveries to set up Hampshire's convincing 53-run victory over Leicestershire at the Rose Bowl

A magnificent century from Sean Ervine helped Hampshire to a comprehensive 53-run win over Leicestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C at the Rose Bowl.

The Zimbabwean reached the landmark off 94 balls before going on to record a total of 136 as his side amassed 273 for three from 40 overs.

Leicestershire were unable to get anywhere near in their reply, with rising star Danny Briggs taking three wickets, despite a smart 72 from England Lions captain James Taylor.

Hampshire got off to an average start, with James Vince falling to Alex Wyatt for just four to leave the hosts 21 for one in the fourth over.

Fellow opener Jimmy Adams and Ervine then combined well, matching some clean hitting with intelligent running to advance Hampshire to 80, before Adams became the second wicket to fall, caught at point by Taylor off Wyatt.

That brought the experienced Neil McKenzie to the crease, who belied his reputation as a patient accumulator by blasting an unbeaten 72 from just 68 balls, containing seven boundaries.

At the other end, Ervine - whose partnership with McKenzie had reached a mammoth 163 runs - advanced quickly to his hundred, surviving two dropped catches before finally falling to Wayne White for 136 off just 106 balls.

He blasted 14 fours and three sixes in his impressive innings, to leave Hampshire 243 for three in the 36th over.

Liam Dawson was the next man in, and he and McKenzie carried the home side to an intimidating total.

Leicestershire's reply got off to a sluggish start, with opener Josh Cobb bowled by Chris Wood for just eight.

Will Jefferson was next to go just an over later, run out for four thanks to a direct hit from Adams to leave the Foxes 19 for two.

Leicestershire already looked incapable of keeping up with the run-rate, and found themselves three wickets down when Jacques du Toit was dismissed for 24 thanks to a stunning catch in the deep from Dawson off Dimitri Mascarenhas.

That brought Taylor and veteran wicketkeeper Paul Nixon together, and the pair combined to drag the visitors back into the tie with a partnership of 108.

However, when both fell in quick succession, Leicestershire were still 102 runs short with just eight overs remaining.

The Leicestershire tail gallantly swung for the boundary, but spin twins Briggs and Imran Tahir combined to snatch three late wickets between them, before Wood knocked over Nathan Buck to leave Leicestershire on 200 for nine.

Hampshire then strangled the game totally, eventually easing home to a comfortable victory.