Holders Hampshire to face Somerset in Royal London One Day Cup final after beating Lancashire
Holders Hampshire will face Somerset in the Royal London One Day Cup final after Rilee Rossouw’s 85 helped his county to a four wicket win over Lancashire.
?? HAMPSHIRE WIN! ??@James_Fuller246 strikes the winning runs to take us through to a mammoth four-wicket victory, sealing our place at @HomeOfCricket in the @OneDayCup final! ?? pic.twitter.com/idfpV7qpff— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) 12 May 2019
Gareth Berg had laid the foundations of the victory with his maiden one day five wicket haul, and was brilliantly assisted by Mason Crane’s three for 42.
Berg rolled back the years to grab figures of five for 26 as he rammed through the tail, while legspinner Crane appeared back to his best as Lancashire were restricted to 241.
Meanwhile, Lancashire, who beat Middlesex in a thriller on Friday night, were condemned to their ninth straight List A semi-final defeat, as Hampshire look in search of being the first side since Sussex in 2008 and 2009 to win consecutive one-day competitions.
Saqib Mahmood struck with the fifth ball of Hampshire’s reply when he tucked Tom Alsop up to find an inside edge behind.
The fast bowler followed it up with two more scalps to take him to 50 List A wickets; Aneurin Donald slashed to point and then Sam Northeast chopped onto his own stumps.
That left Hampshire 23 for three and Mahmood celebrating figures of three for 20 from his first six over spell, following up the three for 15 in the same stint against Middlesex.
Vince ignored the wobble happening at the other end and played a pair of delightful square drives and a pull as he dug Hampshire out of the mire with a 55-ball half century.
The captain, who was released by the ECB to play, guided Rossouw through a stick start to flourish into a 122-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
South African Rossouw made it to fifty, off 69-balls, with back-to-back boundaries off James Anderson, the first a sumptuous straight drive and then a pumped pull.
The stand was ended by a sharp piece of fielding from Steven Croft and cover and a foolish piece of running.
But Rossouw continued to slide through the gears, while Liam Dawson found important boundaries at the other end in a 59-run collaboration.
Dawson was dropped on 26 by Parkinson but didn’t capitalise as he skied soon after and Rossouw was bowled off his pads – but Hampshire made it back to Lord’s when James Fuller scored the winning runs with six balls to spare.
Earlier, Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat first on the same wicket used by England and Pakistan a day earlier, a match which bore 734 runs for 10 wickets.
Keaton Jennings and Liam Livingstone put on 37 for the first wicket before the latter was bounced out by Fidel Edwards – with Crane taking a simple catch on the square-leg boundary.
Alsop once again proved his increasing stock behind the wicket when he produced a stunning full-length dive to catch Croft – Alsop is the wicketkeeper with the most dismissals in the competition, with 13 snaffles and five stumpings.
Jennings and Jake Lehmann rebuilt again with a 67-run stand, which saw the England opener move to his fifth One Day Cup 2018 half century in 56 balls.
But Crane entered the attack for a quick bang-bang to have Jennings castled with a straight ball that cannoned into leg stump and Dane Villas caught slapping to Vince at extra cover.
Australian Lehmann notched his 50 in 53 deliveries but was another victim of failing to convert when he slog swept Dawson to Fuller on the deep midwicket boundary.
From that point Hampshire took control, stifling Rob Jones to 38 from 62 balls before Crane picked up the last of his trio of scalps when slogged to long-on.
Berg cleared up the tail, seeing off Josh Bohannon and Graham Onions within four balls before bowling Anderson and having Mahmood caught by Vince – to bowl Lancashire out.
Hampshire bowler Gareth Berg:
“How good is that! It took many years to get to this point in my career.
“We are over the moon, the job is almost done and whatever happens on that day happens.
“The boys have done phenomenally well this year compared the last year. Guys put up their hands up more and today was the cherry on the cake.
“It has taken me 12 years to get to a five wicket haul but things all worked out today.
“The boys bowled well in the middle there and got the wickets that were needed and I felt they had a big tail so the job was a little bit easier than usual.
“I’m very happy, especially to have all the family here as well.
“The pitch slowed up towards the end, it was especially hard to get away the spinners so another 30 runs and it would have been a tough game.
“Credit to Vincey and Rossouw’s partnership there that set-up us nicely towards an easy-sih win.
“When we were three down it was a little quiet in the dressing room but we knew one big partnership was all it would take to put us in the game.
“Hopefully Somerset are scarred from our game the other day. It would have been better than them than Notts. Getting to Lord’s is most of the battle anyway and the better team will win on the day.”
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple:
“After losing the first two games we have shown excellent character to get where we are.
“I think the standard of cricket we have played will make us disappointed that we haven’t played to our best today. That’s the real frustration.
“As a competition as a whole we have played really good cricket and we are definitely developing as a team.”
James Anderson was forced to hobble off the pitch four balls into the 46th over, having been struck on the inside of his knee in his follow-through after a powerful James Fuller straight drive.
And Chapple said: “It is a nasty blow in a painful area. We don’t know but we think that it will be a nasty bruise that will settle down in the next few days.
“The physio will see him in the morning and he walked off there.
“It is a difficult area as soon as there is any swelling in there it will restrict your movement and limit your strength. I imagine it will be painful for a few days."
Hampshire - Tom Alsop(wk), Aneurin Donald, James Vince(c), Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Dawson, Gareth Berg, James Fuller, Kyle Abbott, Fidel Edwards, Mason Crane
Lancashire - Keaton Jennings, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas(c)(wk), Jake Lehmann, Rob Jones, Josh Bohannon, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, James Anderson, Matthew Parkinson
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