Magnificent McKenzie Proves Too Much For Outlaws
Hampshire 182-6 (McKenzie 79) beat
Nottinghamshire 178-7 (Patel 60) by 4 wickets
Fourth FLt20 Quarter-Final
Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire in what was by far the closest of the four quarter-finals at Trent Bridge. Neil McKenzie guided the Royals home by hitting three of the last four balls for four as they won off the final ball of the match.
Nottinghamshire had looked like slight favourites for much of Hampshire’s run chase as Samit Patel took three wickets to follow up his earlier half-century. However, McKenzie and Dimitri Mascarenhas kept hitting a boundary each time the rate looked like it might become unmanageable and they got home by the narrowest of margins.
Hampshire had won the toss at the start of the match and inserted the home side, despite all three of the previous quarter-finals being won by the side batting first. They were rewarded with the wicket of Alex Hales second ball, and Riki Wessels in the next over – although not before he had hit 19 off six balls – before James Taylor and Michael Lumb provided the innings with a bit of sanity during a third-wicket stand of 35.
Taylor fell for 10 to Glenn Maxwell, who took three wickets with his off-spin, but Adam Voges came to the crease and held the innings together with an innings of 33 from 26 balls. However, it was Samit Patel at the other end who provided most of the fireworks. The England all-rounder struck 60 of only 33 balls as the Outlaws got away from Hampshire slightly towards the end of their innings. They finished on 178 for seven, which was reckoned at the halfway stage to be about par.
At the start of the visitors’ run chase, Harry Gurney found a bit of swing in his first over and grazed Jimmy Adams’ outside edge to make it 13 for one. Simon Katich then played nicely for a while before succumbing to Steven Mullaney, and when Samit Patel picked up two wickets in the 10th over, Hampshire were in danger of sinking without trace on 78 for five.
Liam Dawson began the recovery and, with McKenzie ticking the score along at the other, end the duo brought their side back into contention. They added 50 in 35 balls, but Dawson became Patel’s third victim when he was caught by Riki Wessels for 30 from 18 balls and it was over to Mascarenhas and McKenzie to see them home.
The equation going into the last four overs was 46 to win at 11.5 runs per over. 13 came off Harry Gurney’s penultimate over; 11 from Jake Ball’s; and 10 from Gurney’s last to leave Andy Carter with 11 to defend from the final over – or more accurately 10 as Hampshire had lost fewer wickets in the event of scores being tied.
Carter began the over well as just a bye came off the first two balls. Whilst running that bye, McKenzie pulled up and called for a runner to rekindle memories of Hampshire’s last-ball win against Somerset in the 2010 final. However, runner or no runner, he hit the next two balls for four and when two came off the fifth, Hampshire had all but won. After much consultation with the umpires by the players, the final ball was bowled with a resigned air by Nottinghamshire and the Hampshire player raced onto the field.
© Cricket World 2012
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