Hampshire defeat Yorkshire to secure 2nd XI Trophy final berth
Fluent half-centuries from Lawrence Prittipaul and James Adams, together with James Tomlinson's three wicket burst eased Hampshire through to their third Second XI Trophy final in the last four years with a 60 run triumph over Yorkshire at Stamford Bridge near York on Monday.
Electing to bat first, Hampshire lost skipper Jason Laney early but a steady collection of runs led by opener Adams (53) saw the total accumulate.
Alex Morris (37), John Francis (36) and James Hamblin with a quickfire 38 joined forces with Prittipaul, who remained undefeated at the innings close with 61 not out as Hampshire racked up a formidable 278-5 in their allocation.
Chris Elstub (1-30) and Gary Fellows (0-41) took the bowling plaudits despite Nick Thornicroft taking two wickets but at a price of 74 runs.
Yorkshire's reply stumbled as they lost first team opener Vic Craven without scoring to the impressive Tomlinson, whose two wicket opening spell set the tone. Aided by Prittipaul's lively medium-pace, the home side slipped to 88-4.
However, former England and Scotland international Gavin Hamilton revived the innings with 76 before Tomlinson (3-35) returned to remove him and with it any hope of overturning the Hampshire target.
Prittipaul added two run-outs, of Guy and last man Thornicroft, to his 2-51 while all the bowlers enjoyed fruitful days to lead Hampshire to the re-run of the 1999 final against Kent, victors over Middlesex by 4 wickets at Uxbridge, on Monday September 9.
The draw as to who hosts the final was made at Lord's with Hampshire being the lucky ones. The match will be at The Rose Bowl...
HAMPSHIRE'S PREVIOUS 2nd XI TROPHY FINAL APPEARANCES
1987 v Derbyshire at County Ground, Southampton
Hampshire 166-9 (55 overs) (Savage 61, Beardshall 4-32)
Derbyshire 167-3 (46 overs) (Brown 65, Anderson 58, Shine 2-43)
DERBYSHIRE WON BY 7 WICKETS
1999 v Kent at Canterbury
Kent 267-6 (50 overs) (Clinton 54, Hockley 54*, Hansen 2-42)
Hampshire 161 (39.3 overs) (Prittipaul 57, James 52, Llong 5-32)
KENT WON BY 106 RUNS
2000 v Leicestershire at County Ground, Southampton
Leicestershire 205 (49.3 overs) (Adshead 58, Tremlett 2-22, ZC Morris 2-27)
Hampshire 180 (47.3 overs) (Sexton 58, Griffith 3-27, CD Crowe 3-41)
LEICESTERSHIRE WON BY 25 RUNS