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Lancashire won by 6 wickets.

Hants vs Lancashire

Lancashire complete victory

Hampshire crash to six-wicket loss

Flintoff: finished with 39 not out

County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 327 (N Pothas 62, C T Tremlett 60) & 130 v Lancashire 295 (L Vincent 83, L D Sutton 55, A D Mascarenhas 6-67) & 165-4
Lancashire (19pts) beat Hampshire (6pts) by 6 wkts

Lancashire needed 25.1 overs to complete a six-wicket success on the final day against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Chasing a target of 163, the visitors quickly slumped to 88-3 after resuming on 34-0.

Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas (2-44) accounted for both openers - Lou Vincent (41) and Paul Horton (18) - and James Tomlinson (1-25) followed up by winning an lbw appeal against Francois du Plessis (20).

But Stuart Law (36) and Andrew Flintoff settled any nerves in the visiting dressing room with a fourth-wicket stand of 73.

And although Law fell to Rory Kleinveldt (1-17) with just two required, Flintoff finished unbeaten on 39, having scored his runs from 23 balls with three fours and three sixes.

That cameo is a further boost for the all-rounder's hopes of a recall to the England squad for the second Test against South Africa, which starts at Headingley on July 18.

Day Three

Andrew Flintoff bowled two lively spells, picking up two wickets as Lancashire edged closer to victory at the Rose Bowl.

The visitors require another 129 runs for victory after the Hampshire batting line-up was knocked over for just 130.

Lancashire began the day at 229 for five and their last five wickets added a further 66, the brakes being applied by the Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas, who finished with six for 67 - his best in the championship for two years.

But when Hampshire batted again they were soon in trouble, being reduced to nine for two in the first four overs, Michael Carberry being out to the third ball he had faced for the second time in the match without scoring.

John Crawley swiftly followed to a catch by Flintoff in the slips and Hampshire never recovered.

Sean Ervine was unlucky in edging Flintoff to second slip where Stuart Law failed to hold on to the catch, but the rebound was snapped up by Horton.

Nic Pothas, top scorer in the first innings with 62, made only eight this time before losing his middle stump to a superb Flintoff delivery.

The all-rounder came back for a further spell of five overs without taking a wicket and was unable to produce the bounce he extracted in the first, during which he twice struck Michael Lumb painful blows on the forearm and right hand and also rapped Greg Lamb on the hand.

Lumb, coming in at number seven because of a back strain, was left on 49 not out after last man James Tomlinson, with whom he added 37 in 15 overs, was caught behind off Steven Croft.

Lou Vincent and Paul Horton made it safely through to the close as the visitors homed in on victory.

Day Two

Andrew Flintoff missed his opportunity to impress the England selectors after failing with the bat for Lancashire on the second day against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Flintoff was one of two key wickets for Hampshire bowler James Tomlinson, who had earlier made 35 as the hosts added a further 79 runs to their overnight score of 248-9.

The England all-rounder faced only two balls before Tomlinson got enough movement off the seam to find his outside edge and provide a comfortable catch for wicketkeeper Nic Pothas.

Flintoff's wicket was one of three to fall for the addition of only six runs as Lancashire faded after a bright start to their reply.

Opener Lou Vincent (83) and skipper Stuart Law (43) had given the visitors a solid platform, but the dismissal of Flintoff left them wobbling at 180-5.

Steven Croft (27no) and Luke Sutton (24no) ensured there were no further alarms as they pieced together a 49-run partnership to take Lancashire through the

close.

Day One

Andrew Flintoff took one wicket but it was Lancashire's other bowlers who did more damage as Hampshire made 248-9 on the first day of their match at the Rose Bowl.

Flintoff took 1-29 from 14 decent overs as he continues his pursuit of an England return, but Glen Chapple took three and Sajid Mahmood two as Hampshire struggled to 249 with just one wicket remaining.

Nic Pothas held the innings together with his 62 while Michael Brown made 49 but wickets fell at regular intervals during the day.

Chapple caught opener Michael Carberry off his own bowling off just the third ball of the day as Lancashire made the perfect start.

Former Lancashire batsman John Crawley was the second man out for 11 as Flintoff had him caught by skipper Stuart Law for his one and only wicket of the day.

Chapple went on to get rid of Sean Ervine for two and then end Pothas' stay at the crease as he returned figures of 3-33 for the day.

Mahmood took 2-51 and Gary Keedy 2-65 as Hampshire closed still two runs short of their batting point.

Match Details

Date
11th Jul 2008
Toss
Venue
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires
N L Bainton and N A Mallender

lancashire BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Vincent c Lamb b Mascarenhas 41
Horton c Lumb b Mascarenhas 18
Du Plessis lbw b Tomlinson 20
Law c Brown b Kleinveldt 36
Flintoff not out 39
Croft not out 0
Extras 4nb, 2b, 5lb 11
Total 36.1 Overs 165 - 4
Full Batting Card

hants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Mascarenhas 14.3 5 44 2
Tremlett 9 4 26 0
Lamb 3.4 2 26 0
Ervine 4 1 20 0
Tomlinson 3 0 25 1
Kleinveldt 2 0 17 1
Full Bowling Card