Hampshire continued their fine recent form with a seven-wicket demolition of an apparently distracted Surrey at Southampton. The Lions made just 94 for six from their 20 overs after electing to bat, with Gareth Batty once again skippering the side as Rory Hamilton-Brown continued his gradual comeback from compassionate leave following the death of his flatmate Tom Maynard.
Liam Dawson struck first for the Royals, clean bowling Steven Davies in the first over with a quicker delivery, while his captain Dimitri Mascarenhas struck twice in his opening over, having Jason Roy and pinch-hitter Murali Kartik both caught at short third-man. Hamilton-Brown was run-out in the very next over – his mind seemingly elsewhere as he was oblivious to Gary Wilson’s call from the non-striker’s end – to make it nine for four, with Wilson next to go, for nine. Matthew Spriegel then attempted a partial recovery with Zafar Ansari before he too fell to the wiles of Dawson for 14.
This left Surrey on 42 for six in the twelfth over, and apparently going nowhere, and it was only thanks to a club record unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 52 between Ansari, who again impressed with his maturity in making 38 from 35 balls, and Gareth Batty (23 not out) that they got as close to three figures as they did.
Hampshire were never troubled in their run chase, despite Murali Kartik’s three for 16, and got home with almost five overs to spare, with James Vince’s 22-ball 25 the top score.
The win moves Hampshire up to nine points from seven matches as they maintain second position in the South Group table, while Surrey remain fifth with four points from five games.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (all matches start at 1330 GMT)
North Group, Durham v Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street
It goes without saying that this game is a must-win for both sides. Durham have lost four of their seven games so far and sit fourth, while Leicestershire are a further two points adrift. The home side have named the usual 13 players for their return home with Will Smith and Chris Rushworth added to the side that lost last night to Nottinghamshire.
Durham squad: Phil Mustard (wicket-keeper), Herschelle Gibbs, Ben Stokes, Johann Myburgh, Dale Benkenstein (captain), Gordon Muchall, Scott Borthwick, Liam Plunkett, Gareth Breese, Graham Onions, Mitchell Claydon, Chris Rushworth, Will Smith.
Leicestershire are likely to stick with the same eleven that beat Derbyshire yesterday. With Jigar Naik, Will Jefferson and Preston Mommsen all still unavailable.
Possible Leicestershire XI: Abdul Razzaq, Josh Cobb, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Matthew Boyce, Wayne White, Greg Smith, Ned Eckersley (wicket-keeper), Robert Taylor, Claude Henderson, Nathan Buck, Matthew Hoggard (captain).
North Group, Lancashire v Derbyshire at Old Trafford
The home side have named an unchanged 13-man squad from the one that lost to Yorkshire, with all three left-arm spinners again included.
Lancashire squad: Stephen Moore, Tom Smith, Steven Croft, Karl Brown, Paul Horton, Gareth Cross (wicket-keeper), Jordan Clark, Yasir Arafat, Glen Chapple (captain), Stephen Parry, Gary Keedy, Oliver Newby, Simon Kerrigan.
Derbyshire are effectively out of the tournament following their double defeat to Leicestershire and may well use the opportunity to rest some of their key players.
Mid/West/Wales Group, Somerset v Worcestershire at Taunton
This match will be Somerset’s final home match in this year’s competition and they will be hoping to perform considerably better than they did last night against local rivals Gloucestershire. The will still be without Craig Kieswetter, with Jos Buttler again set to take the gloves and could bring in Max Waller for Lewis Gregory.
Possible Somerset XI: Richard Levi, Nick Compton, Kevin O’Brien, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Albie Morkel, James Hildreth, Arul Suppiah, Alfonso Thomas (captain), Max Waller, George Dockrell, Steve Kirby.
Worcestershire are one of the surprise success stories of the group and have lost only one match so far in this year’s competition. They will still be without Pakistani overseas player Sohail Tanvir, who is still experiencing visa problems and is expected to arrive at the beginning of next week.
Possible Worcestershire XI: Moeen Ali, Vikram Solanki, Phil Hughes, James Cameron, Daryl Mitchell (captain), Gareth Andrew, Alexei Kervezee, Brett D’Oliveira, Ben Scott (wicket-keeper), David Lucas, Jack Shantry.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be mostly dry with only the outside chance of catching a shower. After a cloudy start, the sun should come out and push temperatures up to around 19 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Former Hampshire all-rounder Benny Howell is preparing to sign a new two-year contract with Gloucestershire.
Sussex have signed South African slow left-arm chinaman bowler Michael Rippon, who took four wickets for the Sharks last night against Kent, until the end of the season. The 20 year-old qualifies as a ‘local’ player because he holds a Dutch passport.
Surrey CCC have announced the death of former player David Gibson at the age of 76. The fast-bowler represented the county 185 times during the late 1950s and 60s and took 552 first-class wickets at an average of 22.22, as well as being part of their 1957 and 1958 County Championship winning sides.
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