It's six out of six as seconds defeat Worcestershire

Iain Brunnschweiller

July 4, 2003

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Hampshire II's continued their fine run of form as they beat Worcestershire at the Rose Bowl, making it six wins out of six in the Second Eleven Trophy.

Chasing 213 for victory, it was some good batting from Jimmy Adams (72) and Lawrence Prittipaul (62no) that paved the way to the finish line, despite another middle order wobble from the young Hawks.

Looking to be cruising home, with the score at 180/2, Hampshire proceeded to lose 6 wickets for 21 runs, to give the away team a chance of an unlikely win, but Prittipaul guided his side to a two-wicket win.

Worcestershire will be sick of the sight of Adams, who smashed 127no against them last week at Kidderminster, and he continued where he left off on home turf. The left-hander played off the new ball well, before accelerating as the change bowlers came on, with one huge pulled six into the golf course sticking in the memory.

However, his demise as he got a thin edge through to the `keeper, sparked off the tumble of wickets for Hampshire.

Prittipaul played with supreme confidence again, with several cheeky sweep shots finding the boundary, and he kept his head well to finish off the win.

Chris Tremlett (1/27) and James Hamblin (2/27) were the pick of the bowlers earlier in the day, as both bowled their allotted ten overs economically, and picked up vital wickets.

Hamblin clean bowled ex-England wicket-keeper Steve Rhodes for 41, as he looked dangerous, and 17 year-old Steve Davies batted well for his 60no, but it was in vain as Hampshire clinched victory with seven overs to spare.

© Hampshire Cricket

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