London: Australians Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel and Ian Harvey helped Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire to wins in Wednesday's Benson and Hedges Cup matches.
Bevan's all-round display helped Leicestershire to a six-run victory over Yorkshire in its North Division clash, hitting a valuable 48 in its first innings' 221 for seven. He also took the wicket of danger man Craig White and claimed three catches as Yorkshire fell agonisingly short in this rain-affected match. Yorkshire's collapse from 185 for three to 210 for eight will dominate the discussion in the pavilion, and there will be much sympathy for White, whose magnificent 93 took his side to the brink of victory. Bichel helped Worcestershire bounce back after its Benson and Hedges Cup humiliation at the hands of Gloucestershire on Monday with a five-wicket win over Northamptonshire at Northampton in its Midlands/West/Wales Division fixture. Bichel produced a superb spell of bowling to record figures of four for 38 - his best in the competition - as the hosts totalled 232 for seven in their 50 overs. Harvey claimed a hat-trick as Gloucestershire thrashed Warwickshire by 149 runs at Bristol, also in the Midlands/West/Wales Division. The Australian finished with figures of four for 12 to destroy the Warwickshire top order as Gloucestershire claimed its second win in this season's Benson and Hedges Cup competition. Earlier he had scored 34 before a stand of 144 between Chris Taylor and Matt Windows helped Gloucestershire post an intimidating total of 240 for six in a match reduced to 43 overs because of rain. In other matches, Durham beat Lancashire by 16 runs in the North Division, and in the South Division, Sussex beat Kent by 126 runs and Hampshire beat Surrey by 1 run.
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