Hampshire will join Surrey and Northamptonshire at Friends Life t20 Finals Day after having the better of a pulsating and high-scoring match against Lancashire at Southampton.
Michael Carberry hit his maiden T20 century off 66 balls to take the Royals to 202 for three after they had been put into bat on a flat pitch. Carberry put on 110 in only 10 overs with his opening partner James Vince as the pair laid into the Lancashire attack. Vince was finally extracted by Simon Kerrigan (3-0-35-1), but Jimmy Adams (25 off 17 balls) joined Carberry to add a further 69 in 41 balls. All of the Lancashire bowlers were taken to the cleaners, with Steven Croft the most economical with one for 31 from his four overs.
Lancashire then got off to a rollicking start of their own as Stephen Moore, Tom Smith and Karl Brown all scored quickly. Smith made 22 off 15 balls, with Brown and Moore (44 off 32) then putting on 82 in eight overs for the second-wicket. A Danny Briggs (2-36) double-strike removed Brown (49 off 28) and then Simon Katich first ball and looked to have ended the visitors’ challenge. However, with 42 required off the final three overs, Steven Croft (43 not out off 29) and Gareth Cross (32 not out off 17) somehow got the equation down to four off the last ball. Cross could only manage two, however, so it is Hampshire who walked off smiling - victors by a single run.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Quarter-Final:
Nottinghamshire v Essex at Trent Bridge (1910 BST start)
The Outlaws welcome back James Taylor into their line-up after he missed the end of the group stage to guest for Sussex against the touring Australians. They may elect to play two spinners after Graeme White excelled in the last match against Lancashire.
Nottinghamshire squad (probable): Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Riki Wessels, Samit Patel, James Taylor, David Hussey (captain), Steven Mullaney, Chris Read, Ian Butler, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney, Graeme White, Ajmal Shahzad.
Essex have named a familiar-looking 13-man squad as they travel north. Tymal Mills and Jaik Mickleburgh are likely to be the men disappointed when the final eleven is named unless he visitors opt to strengthen their batting by playing the latter.
Essex squad: Hamish Rutherford, Mark Pettini, Greg Smith, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (captain), Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Shaun Tait, Reece Topley, Jaik Mickleburgh, Tymal Mills.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow evening should be mostly dry in Nottingham, with only the slim chance of catching a shower. It will also be reasonably warm with temperatures peaking at around 20 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Sussex and England spinner Monty Panesar has been fined for being drunk and disorderly following a night out in Brighton on 5th August. Panesar was reportedly asked to leave a nightclub after a group of women complained that he was bothering them and then urinated on the club’s bouncers before running off. Sussex CCC have said that they are still investigating the matter. More
Warwickshire Director of Cricket Dougie Brown has explained the reasoning behind the club’s decision to release Chris Metters. He told the Birmingham Mail: “We just don’t think Chris is ever going to get himself to a point fitness-wise that will be suitable for professional cricket.” Metters has had two shoulder operations in the recent past which have severely restricted his time on the field over the past two years.
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