Glamorgan 234-4 (Allenby 74no, Wright 47no) beat
Hampshire 203-8 (Hogan 4-51) by 31 runs
1st Yorkshire Bank 40 Semi-Final, Southampton
An astonishing blitzkrieg assault from Ben Wright (47 not out off 28 balls) and Jim Allenby (74 not out off 71) was the difference between the sides as Glamorgan booked their place in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord’s on 21st September at the expense of defending champions Hampshire.
Allenby and Wright smashed 57 from the final four overs of the Glamorgan innings to lift their total from a middling one to one that was close to insurmountable on a wearing pitch at Southampton. Jimmy Adams and Sean Ervine did their best with a fourth-wicket stand of 86, but both fell at inopportune times, leaving the lower-order - including Dimitri Mascarenhas in his final match - with too much to do.
James Vince and Michael Roberts began the Hampshire run chase steadily with an opening stand of 46, but Vince was bowled trying to hack Allenby across the line. That was the first of a double-strike for Allenby, who followed up his excellent innings earlier in the day, by taking two for 18 from eight overs of niggardly medium-pace to earn the man of the match award.
Neil McKenzie then ran himself out in what was a big moment in the Royals run chase as they slipped to 73 for three following the loss of their best player.
Adams and Ervine were given a torrid time initially by Glamorgan’s spin pairing of veteran left-arm spinner Dean Cosker and young off-spinner Andrew Salter. Salter, in particular, was impressive and found appreciable turn from the dry surface. He could have had Adams LBW on at least two occasions, but umpire David Millns erred on the side of caution.
Simon Jones bowled three intelligent overs of slower balls, interspersed with his usual pacy offerings, and was arguably under-used by his captain Mark Wallace.
The pair eventually found the going easier as they got used to the slow nature of the pitch. Adams was first to his fifty and had just started to pick up the tempo of his innings, including muscling Salter for a straight six during the batting power play, before he was caught off the leading edge of a Michael Hogan slower ball. Ervine wasn’t long in following and that was about the end of the Hampshire challenge.
Glamorgan’s innings had earlier followed a similar path to that of Hampshire’s as they reached 99 for three after being put into bat. That, in itself, was a decision which Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams may look upon with some regret given the slow nature of the pitch, but he could perhaps be excused on account of the weather forecast, which predicted showers but proved to be wide of the mark.
Gareth Rees (25), Mark Wallace (18), Chris Cooke (37) and Murray Goodwin (27) all got in and got out as Glamorgan struggled against some typically tidy Hampshire bowling. However, Allenby and Wright turned the match on its head and ruined the bowling figures of Chris Wood and Sohail Tanvir during their final onslaught. Those four overs of carnage was where this match was won.
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