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Liam Dawson brilliance too good for Glamorgan

Liam Dawson
Liam Dawson followed up a half-century by taking four wickets
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Hampshire 167-7 (Dawson 76no) beat
Glamorgan 142-7 (Dawson 4-23) by 25 runs
NatWest T20 Blast South Group, Southampton

NatWest T20 Blast South Group

Pos Team Pld Pts NRR
1 Gloucestershire 12 17 +0.415
2 Glamorgan 11 15 +1.001
3 Essex 9 10 +0.308
4 Surrey 10 10 +0.060
5 Sussex 10 10 -0.128
6 Kent 11 10 -0.515
7 Middlesex 9 9 +0.347
8 Somerset 11 7 -0.235
9 Hampshire 11 6 -1.169

Led by an outstanding all-round performance from Liam Dawson, Hampshire beat high-flying Glamorgan by 25 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast South Group at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

After Glamorgan won the toss and chose to bat first, Hampshire overcame a difficult start to post 167 for seven.

Recently capped by England in their T20 International against Sri Lanka, Dawson struck an unbeaten 76 in 54 balls and then took four wickets as Glamorgan reached 142 for seven in reply.

They had got off to a good start but once in-form opener David Lloyd was dismissed, they collapsed, unable to deal with Hampshire's spinners.

Hampshire were 71 for four at the halfway stage of their innings as Graham Wagg (3-38) and Michael Hogan (2-38) struck and they needed Dawson to strike four fours and two sixes to post a competitive score.

He received support from Shahid Afridi (25) and Joe Weatherley (43), who cracked three fours and two sixes in 28 balls.

Glamorgan, who would have gone back to the top of the table with a win, were 41 without loss after five overs and ended their powerplay at 48 for none with Lloyd (18) and Mark Wallace (45) going well.

However, Dawson struck with his first ball to bowl Lloyd and along with fellow spinners Shahid Afridi (1-16) and Brad Taylor, slowed the flow of runs and at the halfway stage, Glamorgan had reached 66 for four.

Wallace fell in the 12th over to Taylor (2-20) and Craig Meschede (17) went in the 16th to leave Glamorgan needing 64 in the last five overs, and even for a side that has been playing highly impressive T20 cricket this season, that was beyond them.

Dawson finished with four for 23 to give everybody connected with Hampshire something to smile about just hours after the club revealed that Michael Carberry has been diagnosed with cancer.

Neither side changes position in the table due to this result but Hampshire are now just one point behind Somerset at the bottom as Glamorgan stay in second.

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