Norwell six precedes abandonment
Seamer Liam Norwell claimed List A-best figures of 6-52 before Gloucestershire’s final Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A game of the season against Leicestershire was abandoned at Grace Road.
The 20-year-old took four of his wickets in a 15-ball spell as the Foxes were bowled out for 264 in 38 overs, with Shiv Thakor and Matthew Boyce striking half-centuries.
A close game looked in prospect but, after only four overs of the Gladiators’ reply, rain swept in and the game was called off shortly before 6:30pm with the visitors 19 for one.
Leicestershire openers Josh Cobb and Michael Thornely made the most of some erratic bowling, racing to a fifty partnership in six overs.
James Fuller conceded 25 runs in one set of six, with Cobb hitting five boundaries - after which he was caught at slip for 42 off Norwell.
Leicestershire continued to build upon their excellent start, reaching 100 in the 12th over after Thornely had pulled Ed Young over midwicket for the first six of the innings.
When Thornely was caught behind off Benny Howell, Will Jones and Thakor took over - sharing a third-wicket stand of 49.
But Norwell then snapped up his second wicket, having Jones caught by Jonathan Batty off an inside edge for 44.
England Under-19 international Thakor, enjoying a rich vein of form in the last few weeks, reached his half-century off 48 balls only to hole out to deep midwicket off Howell.
That made it 194 for four in the 29th over, yet the Foxes looked on course for a big total. Norwell, however, put them on the back foot with a fine spell.
Norwell had Wayne White caught at long-on, Ned Eckersley at mid-off and Boyce - who had just moved to 50 from 47 balls - at short fine-leg, in between which he bowled Tom Wells.
Fuller picked up the last two wickets of Rob Taylor and Robbie Joseph as Leicestershire failed to bat out the 40 overs.