August 13, 2022
Recent Match Report – Hampshire vs Works Group B 2022

hampshire beat 236 (Leach 3-41) Worcestershire 192 (Bernard 85*, Holland 3-17, Curry 3-36) by 44 runs

Ian Holland broke the top order of Worcestershire Rapids as Hampshire began their Royal London Cup campaign with a 44-run win.

Hampshire had scored 236 runs thanks to 40 runs from Ben Brown, Fletcha Middleton and Scott Curry, after Australia-born USA international Holland took 3 for 17 to leave Rapids 37 for 5.

A Worcestershire List A sixth-wicket partnership between Warwickshire-bound Ed Bernard – which ended with a valiant unbeaten 85 – and Taylor Cornell helped the hosts recover, but Felix Organ and Curry, who took 3 for 36 For this, cleaned the tail from the front. At the Ageas Bowl, a healthy crowd of 3,100 got Worcestershire out with five overs to spare.

If Hampshire’s 51 for 3 had a poor start, then Rapids; was devastating. Holland bulldozed the top order with his nagging line and length: Gareth Roderick slammed Ed Pollock on his first ball sweep into deep square before attempting to cut a ball, causing it to slip to the side. But there was some extra bounce and Jake Libby pushed the same fielder. Prest. Holland were 3 for 11 in their opening spell of seven overs and included two maidens.

Curry had pinned Pakistan international Azhar Ali in the third over and John Turner entered the attack and Kashif Ali also pushed Perst to leave his side at 5 for 37. Cornall and Bernard honking the rapids went on to put the win back on his radar. With smooth accumulation of runes.

His 130-run stand set a new Worcestershire record in List A cricket, beating the 121 putt between Phil Neale and Steve Rhodes in 1988. To downplay his middle-order prominence, Bernard has been involved in the record stand for fifth. , sixth and seventh wickets – his fifth format is half-centuries in 72 balls.

Felix Orgon eventually broke the partnership after about 30 overs when Cornell went long on and was pinned by Leach in his next over. Nineteen-year-old debutant Henry Cullen skid straight in the air, Adam Finch swung to deep square and Ben Gibbon was lbw off the first ball to end the contest.

Earlier, Hampshire’s top order was in trouble and could not partner on a pitch that gave some good bounce. Leach, Gibbons and Barnard all took a wicket each to stun the hosts – Nick Gubbins hit a six at mid-on, Aneurin Donald bowled and Perst dismissed.

Brown and Middleton made careful recoveries, the pair hitting only eight boundaries in their 85-run stand. Middleton – whose father Tony made his List A debut against Worcestershire in 1989 – dominated the midwicket area, whether on a front foot bridge or clipping his feet, while Brown dabbled and revved the innings. pushed to start.

Both looked on their way to half-centuries but both fell well short of the milestone. Middleton trailed for 49 before Brown chased down a cut shot. Organ escaped with a catch and the ball was not clipped at long on and Holland chipped at midwicket, but Curry came on to give it a blow during a 54-run stand with Toby Albert.

The all-rounder gave impetus to ease into a professional career-high 43 not out with seven crushing fours in the death overs and took Hampshire to around 236 – with Albert, Jack Campbell and Turner all departing late.

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