Vince's 190 sees Hampshire to 71 run win over Gloucestershire in RLC
Hampshire v Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl
Hampshire 331/9 beat Gloucestershire 246 by 71 runs on DLS
James Vince set a new Hampshire record highest List A score by crashing an incredible 190 as Hampshire remained unbeaten in the Royal London One Day Cup with victory over Gloucestershire.
Vince beat his own best of 178, which he scored against Glamorgan in 2017, and now holds three of the highest individual one-day totals by a Hampshire player
The innings was even more special for the situation, having arrived at the crease in the second over before Hampshire were reduced to 65 for four and struggling.
Vince, alongside Liam Dawson in a record 186-run stand for the fifth wicket, guided his side to 331 before bowling Gloucestershire out for 246 to complete a 71 run victory by the DLS method.
Hampshire were put in on a good quality wicket, with variable conditions throughout the match, and initially struggled as they collapsed to 65 for four – with Liddle the chief destroyer with the ball.
David Payne was the first to strike as Tom Alsop attempted an extravagant drive in the second over and was bowled through the gate.
Fast bowler Liddle then entered to find Aiden Markram edging behind before forcing Sam Northeast and Rilee Rossouw to chop onto their own stumps.
Enter Dawson, to accompany, and save the innings with Vince.
Both carefully negotiated the niggling line and length of the Gloucestershire attack before fluently moving through fifties – Vince from 63 balls, Dawson off 63 deliveries, with only one boundary.
Together they added 186 runs, a club record for the fifth wicket, to steam Hampshire into a strong position – before Dawson fell for 73 as he picked out Benny Howell at long-on to hand Liddle figures of four for 66.
Vince has now passed fifty in three of his four one day innings this summer – and given the England selectors a push for the ICC Cricket World Cup this summer if any of the currently selected players suffer an injury.
This was must-watch cricket as he moved through the gears and struck five huge sixes – the pick of which saw him dance down the wicket and deposit a checked cover driver over the off-side.
He reached 100 in 111 balls, 150 in 138 as he hurled his total from 100 to 190 in 43 deliveries.
Vince’s assault saw his side score 114 runs in the last 10 overs, although James Fuller’s handy 21 off 13, which included the biggest maximum of the day over squad leg, helped the cause.
Vince eventually succumbed for 190 before scooping to Tom Smith at point and was given a rapturous reception from the Ageas Bowl members.
Fuller and Gareth Berg also departed late on as Hampshire reached 331 for eight, with DLS altering the target to 318 off 47 overs.
Kyle Abbott then stunted Gloucestershire’s reply by dismissing George Hankins in the third over, caught at point by Northeast, and then Gareth Roderick, caught and bowled.
Captain Chris Dent was run out by Northeast’s direct hit, as the visitors slumped to 38 for three.
Mason Crane, who posted three for 64, had James Bracey caught by a stunning outfield catch by Dawson, before Howell was lbw to the leg-spinner.
Jack Taylor was bowled by Crane, before Dawson had Graeme van Buuren stumped and Smith castled to complete figures of two for 32 and Brad Wheal bowled Ryan Higgins.
Hampshire were held up by a 50-run stand for the last stand between Payne and Liddle but Hampshire completed their victory with 19 balls to spare.
Hampshire captain James Vince:
“I didn’t think I would have the chance to get 190 today at one point. It just shows that in 50-over cricket the importance of having a batter in at the end.
“Daws played a crucial role alongside me there; if he wasn’t there then we wouldn’t have had a platform to launch from at the end.
“I am very pleased from a personal view but Daws played a key role in that as well.
“When we came together we didn’t have much choice we just had to spend as much time at the crease together.
“We could still get the ones and twos with the odd boundary to tick us over but we accelerated towards the end.
“I feel pretty good at the crease. If you try and bat time with the white ball on a decent pitch then you don’t feel in too much danger except getting yourself out.
“I have thought about England briefly but at this current moment I am not in the preliminary squad.
“Hopefully I get a go against Ireland, but all I can really do is take my chances like today and prove I am the man to step in.
“From where we were, they would have expected to bowl us out for under 250 so from a mental point of view they had to come out and get a good start but we put pressure on them with early wickets.”
Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson:
“Obviously James Vince batted very well, it was quite outstanding. We bowled pretty well and then at the end he got away.
“The partnership between him and Dawson was really good from a cricket supporter’s point of view especially under the pressure of being 65 for four.
“We can take a lot from watching their partnership.
“We didn’t let them get away until the last 10 when they got up to that score – in 50-over cricket that isn’t out the ordinary.
“Abbott bowled really well with the new ball, he is a high class bowler, but we were still up with the run rate pretty much all the way through.
“Daws and Mason Crane put us under pressure but I can’t fault the effort of the boys today against last year’s winning finalists.”