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Hampshire win by losing fewer wickets

Hants vs Warwicks

Cup double for Hampshire

Warwickshire denied in tight finish to Lord's showpiece

Hampshire: added CB40 title to FLt20 win earlier in the season

Kabir Ali: Hampshire seamer was the final over hero

Hampshire were crowned the kings of limited-overs cricket after a last-ball victory over Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final sealed a trophy double for the Royals.

Already Twenty20 champions, Hampshire laid the foundations for their Lord's triumph by posting 244-5, the highest total in three years of CB40 finals.

Warwickshire's chase was inspired by Ian Bell's 81 and a four from the penultimate ball of the match from Neil Carter drew the scores level.

But Carter, in his last match for the Bears, failed to get a bat onto Kabir Ali's final delivery to leave county champions Warwickshire on 244-7.

The scores were tied but Hampshire claimed the trophy by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

Sent in

With the last four Lord's finals having been won by the chasing side, Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton invited Hampshire to bat first and they responded to the challenge thanks to half-centuries from skipper Jimmy Adams and Sean Ervine - and a 31-ball 35 from Michael Carberry which set the early tempo.

The opener shared a half-century stand with Adams, who made 66 before his defence was breached by Chris Woakes, and Ervine maintained the momentum with 57 at better than a run-a-ball.

The Bears are confident chasers. Five of their eight group wins were secured when batting second while Hampshire were short of two bowlers with Danny Briggs on England Twenty20 duty and Dimitri Mascarenhas sidelined through injury.

Openers Maddy and Varun Chopra took a different approach to Hampshire, putting on 53 for the first wicket at a measured pace.

But the inability of Warwickshire's batsmen, with the exception of Bell, to build on strong starts to their innings proved to be the Bears' undoing.

Chopra was caught by Adams off a Chris Wood slower ball for 26 and Maddy then went for 35 after chipping Liam Dawson to midwicket as Warwickshire slipped to 89-2.

Tim Ambrose smashed Simon Katich for two fours as he and Bell guided Warwickshire past the 100 mark before the wicketkeeper was caught behind off Wood for 26.

When Troughton followed soon after for five, the responsibility for Warwickshire's double bid had fallen squarely on Bell's shoulders.

The England batsman enjoyed taking on the Hampshire bowling, hitting nine fours and a six as he guided Warwickshire to the brink of victory.

Finale

With 10 overs remaining, Warwickshire were on 191-4, exactly where Hampshire had been at the same point in their innings.

Wood bowled Rikki Clarke for 24 but Bell still led the chase, launching 13 from one Ali over before finally succumbing, caught in the deep by Carberry off Woakes.

Warwickshire still required 27 from the final three overs and Woakes did his best with an unbeaten 24, including successive boundaries off Wood to leave the Bears requiring seven from the last six balls.

When Ali bowled Ian Blackwell, that equation changed to five from three before Carter's sublime cover drive brought the scores level.

But Carter could not put bat on the final delivery of the match, wicketkeeper Michael Bates gathered Ali's low full toss to preserve the dot ball and get Hampshire's celebrations under way.

Match Details

Date
15th Sep 2012
Toss
Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Lord's
Umpires
R K Illingworth, N A Mallender
TV Umpire
J H Evans

warwicks BATTING CARD

Batsman R
D.L. Maddy c Wood b Dawson 35
V. Chopra c Adams b Wood 26
I.R. Bell c Carberry b Griffiths 81
T.R. Ambrose c Bates b Wood 26
J.O. Troughton c Adams b Ervine 5
R. Clarke b Wood 24
C.R. Woakes Not out 24
I.D. Blackwell b Ali 2
N.M. Carter Not out 4
Extras 3nb, 7w, 1b, 6lb 17
Total 40.0 Overs 244 - 7
Full Batting Card

hants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
L.A. Dawson 8 0 39 1
K. Ali 8 0 50 1
C.P. Wood 8 0 39 3
S.M. Ervine 6 0 46 1
D.A. Griffiths 8 0 43 1
S.M. Katich 2 0 20 0
Full Bowling Card