Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Hampshire pipped Lancashire in thriller for third Blast title. Earlier on the Finals day, led by Tom Prest's 46-ball 64 and Ellis's 3-30, Hampshire had secured a comfortable 37-run win over Somerset.
Earlier on the Finals day, led by Tom Prest's 46-ball 64 and Ellis's 3-30, Hampshire had secured a comfortable 37-run win over Somerset.
Last ball. 5 runs needed. Stumps shattered. Fireworks. Hampshire go on a victory run. Players celebrate. Umpires call for a no-ball. The celebrations were delayed for Hampshire, but not denied. Eventually defending three runs off the last ball, Richard Gleeson missed connecting a swing off a slower ball from Nathan Ellis, and could only take a run off a bye as Hampshire secured a thrilling one-run win in the final of the T20 Blast on Saturday evening at Edgbaston.
Earlier on the Finals day, led by Tom Prest's 46-ball 64 and Ellis's 3 for 30, Hampshire had secured a comfortable 37-run win over Somerset, soon after quickfire half-centuries from Keaton Jennings and Dane Vilasagainst Yorkshire had already secured a Lancashire's passage to the final.
In the final contest, Hampshire elected to bat, and were dented early, losing captain James Vince and the in-form Prest by the third over. However, Ben McDermott's early assault hadn't allowed Lancashire to take control. The Australian batter hammered four boundaries and as many sixes en route his 36-ball 62, which included a 21-run 11th over, in which he carted Luke Wells for two sixes and a four.
However, there wasn't ample support from the other end as the other batters neither managed to find pace nor runs as easily. Barring Wells, who bowled only that one over, none of the other bowlers conceded more than seven an over, restricting Hampshire to 152 for 8. Matt Parkinson returned the most impressive figures of 4 for 26
In response, Lancashire got off to a far more entertaining start with Philip Salt pulling Chris Wood for a boundary off the first ball and then following up by swinging the next one for a six over backward of square off a free hit. Wood eventually had the better of him by getting him caught, miscuing a pull, off the third ball.
Even though Steven Croft began his innings by carting Brad Wheal for four successive boundaries in the fourth over, in the company of Jennings, they put on a more sedate with their approach but one that solidified Lancashire's innings as they approached a middling target. The duo combined to add 60 runs in 43 balls before both were dismissed in a space of seven balls.
Even at that point, Vilas and Wells didn't allow the innings to slip away. They combined to add 27 runs but the required rate was slowly starting to mount.
Once the duo fell, and a flurry of wickets continued, including two run-outs – Lancashire's innings started to fall apart. The lower order struggled to keep up with the required pace. Wells swung twice in the penultimate over with good results, fetching a boundary and a six but departed off the last ball, leaving Lancashire needing 11 off the last over.
Ellis tricked the lower order bats with his change of pace, and held his nerves to their third T20 Blast win.
Brief Scores: Hampshire 152/8 in 20 overs (Ben McDermott 62, Ross Whiteley 22; Matt Parkinson 4-26, Luke Wood 2-26) beat Lancashire 151/8 in 20 overs (Steven Croft 36, Luke Wells 27; James Fuller 2-19, Liam Dawson 2-23)by 1 run