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Warwickshire vs Hampshire, 2nd Quarter-Final, Vitality Blast :Hampshire won by 104 runs

Hampshire's Joe Weatherley
Hampshire's Joe Weatherley
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Hampshire Hawks booked their place in Vitality Blast Finals Day with a thumping 104-run win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston. 

Match Summary

Warwickshire vs Hampshire, 2nd Quarter-Final, Vitality Blast

Warwickshire 82/10 (13.3 ov)

Hampshire 186/6 (20 ov)

Result - Hampshire won by 104 runs

Scorecard

The Hawks emphatically pooped the Bears' party, denying their hosts a Finals Day place back in Birmingham on July 16 and, at the same time, silencing a big, sun-soaked crowd. 

The Hawks were lifted to an imposing 186 for six by the clean hitting of Ben McDermott (61, 36 balls) and Joe Weatherley (47, 31). Bears linchpin spinners Danny Briggs and Jake Lintott took some unaccustomed punishment (a combined six overs for 76), though skipper Carlos Brathwaite stepped up with four for 31. 

The Bears had topped 200 seven times in the group stage but this time were bowled out for only 82 in 13.3 overs by top-drawer bowling led by James Fuller (four for 17), Nathan Ellis (three for four) and Brad Wheal (two for nine). 

After the Hawks chose to bat, England paceman Olly Stone opened up with two excellent overs for eight runs, but McDermott and James Vince soon upped the ante. After scored 11 from the first two overs, they smashed 50 from the next four as the Aussie, in particular, broke loose. McDermott's fourth six, hoisted over extra cover off former Hawks spinner Briggs, took him to 50 from 28 balls. 

The openers added 93 in 56 balls before Brathwaite dismissed both in four balls. Vince (31, 22 balls) edged to wicketkeeper Alex Davies and McDermott dragged a yorker on to his stumps. It was three wickets in ten balls when Tom Prest missed a reverse sweep and was lbw to Dan Mousley. 

Weatherly and Barnard buried the blip with a stand of 69 in 40 balls before the latter (24, 16) was superbly held by Lintott at long off off Brathwaite. Craig Miles and Adam Hose held their nerve under skiers to oust Weatherley and Liam Dawson respectively, the latter wicket giving Brathwaite his four-for. 

The Hawks' total looked about par on a good pitch but they got their talons straight into the Bears' reply as Ellis forced Paul Stirling into a fatal miscue and Wheal's first ball flattened Davies' middle stump. Sam Hain hoiked Wheal to deep mid-wicket and when Fuller's third ball yorked Adam Hose, the Bears were 40 for four in the seventh over. 

The Hawks advanced ruthlessly to Finals Day. Chris Benjamin and Brathwaite sent up catches off Fuller to leave the bowler with three for 11 from his first two overs and Vince's side closed out victory with such comfort that they could spend the closing overs picturing themselves back on the immaculate greensward of Edgbaston in nine days time. 

 

Bears captain Carlos Brathwaite said:

"It is tough to take. If you look at how we played over the campaign you feel that we deserved more but that's knockout cricket. Probably one of our worst performances of the season has come in a knockout game but credit to Hampshire, they played very well tonight.

"There are a lot of disheartened guys in the dressing room, not least because so many people at the club had done so much to get the game on at the last minute and then we didn't put in the performance that we wanted.

"But when you look over the course of the season there's a lot to be proud of. When you look at where the club was a few years ago in Twenty20 cricket to where we are now, there is a definite improvement. We scraped through to the quarter-finals last year. This year we topped the group but are now out at the quarter-finals stage again and it's now about recognising where we are now and trying to put things in place so we can reach Finals Day next year."

 

Hawks captain James Vince said:

"It's really pleasing to come to Edgbaston, where we have lost a few one-day games in recent years, and put in a performance like that. We got off to a decent start with the knock that Ben McDermott played up top and then, after me and him got out in the same over, Weathers and Ross rebuilt but still found boundaries which was terrific. We felt that 186 was a good total in a quarter-final but it was a good wicket so we knew we had to bowl well. The guys did that. 

"We had done a lot of homework on them and knew they would come hard at us and that would create chances for us and once we got three or four out they were under the pump. We have bowled exceptionally well all competition and executed our plans brilliantly tonight. We had spoken about trying to get Paul Stirling early and we did that and then everything just seemed to come off perfectly."

Playing XIs

Warwickshire: Alex Davies (WK), Chris Benjamin, Adam Hose, Paul Stirling, Sam Hain, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Dan Mousley, Jacob Lintott, Danny Briggs, Olly Stone, Craig Miles

Hampshire: Ben McDermott (WK), James Vince (C), Ross Whiteley, Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Tom Prest, Chris Wood, Brad Wheal, Mason Crane, Nathan Ellis

 

Match Details

Start Time: 18:30

Toss: Hampshire won the toss & elected to bat

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Officials: Graham Lloyd (England) Tom Lungley (England) Dean Cosker (England)

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