Minor Counties' major moment

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Laurie Potter returned to Grace Road to sentence Leicestershire to a repeat of the lowest moment in their Benson and Hedges Cup history yesterday.

The slow left-armer, released by Leicestershire in 1993 and now playing for Staffordshire, took 4 for 23 as the Minor Counties enjoyed a 26-run victory over last year's Championship runners-up.

It was only the part-timers' sixth win in the competition, and the first since their 131-run victory over the same opponents at Wellington in 1982.

The Minor Counties looked set for defeat after being dismissed for 224, with Gordon Parsons claiming 3 for 46. But Potter and seamer Paul Newman, who took 4 for 29, teamed up to dismiss Leicestershire for 198.

Scotland failed to make the same impact and slumped to a 10-wicket defeat against the in-form Yorkshire in Glasgow.

Graeme Hick hit 94 in Worcestershire's 103-run hammering of Northamptonshire. The England batsman hit nine boundaries before giving a caught-and-bowled to Kevin Curran as Worcestershire reached 240 for 7, bundling out Northamptonshire for 137.

Graham Gooch collected his 22nd gold award with his 13th century in the competition as Essex secured an eight-wicket win over Combined Universities.

Steve James and David Hemp each hit half-centuries to guided Glamorgan to victory over Hampshire by seven wickets. Glamorgan scored 227 with seven wickets left after restricting Hampshire to 225 for 6.

The tightest victory was Gloucestershire's five-run win over Middlesex with two runs remaining. Set a target of 186, Middlesex were all out for 181.