Hampshire v Bangladesh A, tour match, Ageas Bowl August 6, 2013

Dawson the difference in Hants win


Hampshire 223 (Dawson 97, Mascarenhas 35, Gazi 2-31) beat Bangladesh A 215-9 (Sunny 45*, Marshall 39, Dawson 3-11) by eight runs

Liam Dawson's all-round performance made the difference between Hampshire and Bangladesh A who lost by eight runs at the Ageas Bowl. His 97 was pivotal in the 223 runs made by the home side before his left-arm spin put the screws on. The match also saw two 50-plus last wicket stands, though the second one didn't quite finish the job for Bangladesh.

The visitors' struggled with the bat in their first match on tour, until Robiul Islam and Elias Sunny put on an unbroken 58-run tenth wicket stand which added a bit of drama towards the end.

The last 35 balls saw the No. 11 Robiul smack five sixes as he made an unbeaten 19-ball 34. Sunny ended up as top-scorer for Bangladesh A with 45 not out, with seven fours and a six at the end. The pair pushed the game into the last over from which they needed 22 runs, but seamer Josh Davey gave away just three runs off the first four balls, swinging the game back in Hampshire's favour and keeping it that way. Davey is a Middlesex player who was loaned to Hampshire for this game.

Dawson's 3 for 11 from seven overs stung the Bangladesh A batsmen. Having opened the bowling, he accounted for opener Imrul Kayes' wicket in the seventh over before he took the wicket of captain Jahurul Islam in his next over.

Anamul Haque's 64-minute vigil ended when he was stumped by Adam Rouse off the medium-pace of Josh Davey in the 20th over, having made just 18 off 50 balls. Mominul Haque was more enterprising than the top three in his 28, but he fell to Hamza Riazuddin immediately after hitting the pace bowler for two consecutive fours.

The chase fell apart when Naeem Islam and Farhad Reza were dismissed before the visitors reached the 100-run mark. Marshall Ayub tried to resurrect the innings through his 39 off 47 balls, and the 42-run eighth wicket stand with Elias Sunny. But Dawson's return to the bowling attack brought success as he removed Marshall in the 41st over.

Earlier, Dawson walked in at 86 for 4 in the 25th over and slowly recovered the Hampshire innings. He added 37 for the fifth wicket with Davey, but it was his 54-run last wicket partnership with another debutant Brad Taylor that gave them a 200-plus score.

Taylor only faced four deliveries in his 30-minutes at the crease, as Dawson took charge. He blasted three fours and a six off Farhad in a 19-run over before hitting two more fours and a six in the next three overs. He missed a certain century after falling to Mominul's left-arm spin off the first ball of the 50th over, but the 87-ball innings put Bangladesh A on the backfoot towards the end. Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain and Farhad took two wickets each while Robiul Islam, Sunny and Mominul chipped in with one each.

Bangladesh A's next match is against Yorkshire in Leeds on August 9.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on August 7, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    How can you call this a near strength team it is missing Mashrafe, Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq, Nasir, (Ashraful) , Abdur Razzak and Mahmudullah. Thats like calling an India team a near strength without Bhuvi, Jadeja, Dhawan, Dhoni, Kohli, Raina, (I shudder to compare to Tendulkar as their impact of late has been similar), Ashwin and sorry can't find an Indian equivalent of Mahmudullah (probably because at this stage india does not even need one). What you call a near strength Bangladeshi team is missing its best 4 batsmen (one possibly to the end of time). Four best ODI bowlers (India's bane included (put that in to induce some anger in the Indian fans).)I say ODI because Robiul is possibly our best test bowler to ever emerge. The players that I compared are in order which again might lead to some argument but despite this being meant to be a forum of the fans of the gentleman's game this is the internet.

  • Warm_Coffee on August 7, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    @Matt: lol our under-19 team which is our weakest in almost 10 years just thrashed your England team at home lol Spoke too soon mate. Our future is clear mate thank you very much :P

  • dummy4fb on August 7, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    But Bangladesh team did beat England at their backyard 3 years back ,in the WC.Now they will beat England main team again. Lots of visiting team loses to county teams initially as they fail to adjust to the condition.So that really doesnt matter much, In 2004 touring pakistan,India lost to Pakistan A Team,But won the series against the main pakistan team. So it hardly matters.And this is not the Bangladesh team at all.All these are new comers or kicked out from the team

  • AzAb12754 on August 7, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Bangladesh are too strong for Ireland. Probably just about compete at home but will lose heavily in the subcontinent. Really hope there are at least a few ODI series home and away against Ireland before the World Cup so we can end that silly claim.

  • dummy4fb on August 7, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Ireland should get the test status?? But why take the status away from Bangladesh?? Why should there be only 10 test playing nations?? Don't understand why some cricket fans does not want more test playing nations. Almost every country in the world plays football they do not take away anything from a country.

  • The-love on August 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai -> Why so much Hatred man??I am also an Indian..but we need Bangladesh to perform better to have cricket competitive.Everyone will welcome Ireland in main draw but that does not mean Bangladesh should be an associative team.They are doing good,let them develop and cheer up for your team.Don't underestimate any other team .

  • CrICkeeet on August 7, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @Mr. Shafiqul Haque Heera, unfortunately, so far Bangladesh not able to prove themselves as a test team. And that is huge truth. Even This 2nd XI of hamp r well enough to beat them. At the same time, Ireland and Afghanistan are imporving at lot (just watch the last Ire-pak series). So dont you think that, ire should get d chance to play TEST? I think Ireland, the way the are improving, already they've reached near Bangladesh. and within a few years they can square their position with them. Where ban is playing test for 13 years! Really very slow improvmnt 4m bangladesh....

  • dummy4fb on August 7, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    it seems from your report that there were four new debue from second eleven.in that case the performance is not what i expected.they should be able defeat county teams

    SH Heera former Bangladesh cricket captain

  • Srini_Indian on August 7, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    A third rated County team beats the near strength Bangladesh side. What a humiliation. Here is the more reason why Bangladesh should be relegated to associate status and Ireland should get enough matches.

  • CrICkeeet on August 7, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Just showed that without Tamim and Sakib what Bangladesh can do... :)

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