Tahir puts Sussex in a spin

Hampshire win to move off the bottom of Pro40 Division One

Last Updated: 14/08/08 11:41am

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Tahir: Bamboozled Sussex

Tahir: Bamboozled Sussex

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NatWest Pro40 - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire Hawks 189-8 Innings Complete (M A Carberry 53) v Sussex Sharks 123 (Imran Tahir 5-27)
Hampshire beat Sussex by 66 runs (D/L Method)

Hampshire Hawks secured their first victory in Pro40 Division One with a 66-run success over Sussex Sharks under the Rose Bowl floodlights on Wednesday evening.

In a match reduced to 31 overs due to rain, Hampshire defended a total of 189-8 with ease thanks to leg-spinner Imran Tahir's six-over spell of 5-27.

After being asked to bat, Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson and Dimitri Mascarenhas all made solid contributions for the hosts.

Number three Carberry set the platform with 53 off 57 balls, before leaving the stage clear for fifth-wicket pair Dawson (43) and Mascarenhas (48) to increase the tempo during a stand of 81.

Sussex paceman James Kirtley took two wickets in the final over of the innings to finish with figures of 3-41.

Early trouble

The visitors' run chase never recovered from the early loss of opening pair Ben Brown (0) and Chris Nash (8).

Dwayne Smith (25) and Adams (21) added a painstaking 41 for the third wicket, and number seven Rory Hamilton-Brown also briefly resisted with 26.

But Tahir's introduction prompted a collapse that saw Sussex crash to 123 all out in 28 overs.

The result means Sussex miss the chance to go above Nottinghamshire at the top of the standings.

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