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Hampshire resist Southee onslaught to maintain winning streak

Tim Southee played a blistering knock
Tim Southee played a blistering knock

Hampshire 189-8 (Carberry 77) beat
Middlesex 160-7 (Southee 64no) by 29 runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Southampton

Mason Crane bowled a splendid spell of 15 for three while Michael Carberry played a blistering 77 run knock as Hampshire managed to resists late charge from Tim Southee and registered a 29 run win against Middlesex in the Natwest T20 Blast South Group encounter in Southampton.

Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat first. James Vince (34) looked good during his 15-ball cameo that had six boundaries and a maximum while Rilee Rossouw (30) was a mere spectator in the opening partnership that had 37 runs coming from 3.2 overs.

Michael Carberry (77) carried on from Vince left and added 48 runs with Rossouw and another 74 runs with George Bailey (28).

Even though, Middlesex managed a brief comeback with wickets of Bailey, Lewis McManus (4) and Shahid Afridi (0) and Sean Ervine (0), Carberry's 45-ball marathon knock ensured Hampshire reached 189 for eight in the 20 overs.

Toby Roland-Jones (4-39) was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with a four-wicket haul while James Franklin (3-19) also snared three wickets.

Middlesex were hampered early in the chase as they lost Paul Stirling (6), Dawid Malan (3), Brendon McCullum (10) and Franklin (1). It looked down and out for Middlesex when they were 74 for seven in 12.3 overs following which John Simpson (37 not out) and Southee (64 not out) waged a lone fight but they could manage only 160 for seven.

The 29 run victory has helped Hampshire maintain their top position in the South Group with Carberry bagging the player of the match.

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