Hampshire Royals showed why they are champions of the Friends Life t20 competition with a comprehensive seven wicket win over Middlesex Panthers at Richmond. Chasing a total of 162-5, they cruised home with 29 balls to spare before a record crowd for Richmond of 3,100.
Middlesex made one change to the team that defeated Essex on Friday night with Ollie Rayner returning to the side in place of Josh Davey. After Jimmy Adams won the toss for the Royals, Middlesex were invited to bat first and Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan opened the batting for the Panthers. The pair put on 28 for the first wicket before Stirling was caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Mascarenhas for nine in the 5th over.
Joe Denly joined Malan but he scored only five runs before he was caught at extra-cover by Adams off Mascarenhas who bowled his four overs straight through to finish with excellent figures of 2-19. Adam Voges joined Malan with the score on 35-2 in the seventh over and they took the total to 63-2 at the half-way point of the innings. Sixteen runs came off the next over, bowled by Liam Dawson, with Voges hitting him for two fours and a six. However, after two successive wides by Vince, Malan was unable to score off the remaining six balls of the over.
Eight runs came off the following over from Briggs before Adam Voges was caught by Carberry on the square-leg boundary for 28 (off 17 balls) to give Vince a wicket. Adam Rossington joined Malan with the total on 90-2 in the fourteenth over and Rossington gave the innings impetus with a quick-fire innings of 26 off sixteen balls. Twenty runs came off the sixteenth over, bowled by Tanvir, with Dawid Malan reaching his third fifty in the competition (off 53 balls, 7 fours).
Thirteen runs came off the 17th over from Wood with a further ten runs off the next over before Rossington was caught by Dawson at deep square-leg for 26 off Briggs’ bowling. Neil Dexter joined Malan and the pair took ten runs off the penultimate over of the innings from Tanvir with Malan opening out before he was caught off the last ball of the innings for 77 off 66 balls (1 six & 9 fours) with Middlesex totalling 162-5. Briggs had figures of 1-30 from four overs with Wood taking 1-35 in four overs with James Vince who strangely bowled just two overs to finish with figures of 1-5.
Only five runs came off the opening over of the Hampshire innings from Kyle Mills but James Vince hit three fours in the second over, bowled by Gareth Berg. Michael Carberry then scored four fours and a six in the third over of the innings from Mills which cost 24 runs but Neil Dexter conceded just four runs in the following over. However, Gurjit Sandhu replaced Mills but Vince hit him for five successive fours in the over before Carberry hit Dexter for two sixes in his second over as Hampshire reached 83-0 after the six Power-play overs.
Ravi Patel came on to bowl and after six runs came off the first three balls of the over, Patel deflected a straight drive from Vince onto the bowlers’ end stumps to run out Carberry for 43 (off just sixteen balls). Just three runs came off Ollie Rayner’s first over before James Vince reached a 30 ball fifty which contained nine fours. Vince then hit Patel for a six as Hampshire reached 107-1 after only nine overs.
Ollie Rayner bowled four overs straight through conceding 25 runs but there was no stopping Vince and Adams as they reached 153-1 after fourteen overs. Gurjit Sandhu returned to the attack but Vince hit his first ball for a six to leave just four runs needed for victory. No runs were scored off the next two balls before Vince was well caught by Paul Stirling who stretched above his head to take the catch at mid-off to dismiss him for 84 (off 49 balls, 2 sixes & 12 fours).
After Ervine took a single off the next ball of Sanghu’s over, Adams was caught at the wicket by Adam Rossington for 29 to leave Hampshire needing just three runs to win from five overs. Ervine ended the proceedings when he struck the first ball of the 16th over for a boundary as Hampshire romped home with 29 balls to spare.
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