Hampshire v Glamorgan, YB40 semi-final, Ageas Bowl September 7, 2013

Glamorgan reach final on Allenby exploits


Glamorgan 234 for 4 (Allenby 74*, Wright 47*, Tanvir 2-40) beat Hampshire 203 for 8 (Adams 59, Ervine 54, Hogan 4-51, Allenby 2-18) by 31 runs

Jim Allenby has been the saviour of Glamorgan this season. He is so prized the county secured him on a new four-year contract in August; some deal for a 30-year-old. But his value was evident as he top-scored and bowled a painfully mean spell to send Glamorgan to their first showpiece final since 2000.

His knees must be creaking given the weight of responsibility he has been forced to carry this year. Without his 1700 runs in all competitions, Glamorgan would have endured a miserable year. Here, he read the conditions far better than any of his colleagues with the bat and, with the ball, showed the correct length to bowl on a sluggish pitch.

A 60-ball half-century gave some progress to what was for 30 overs a laboured first innings. From Allenby's stability, Glamorgan added 81 in the final eight overs. That blitz, which included four fours and two sixes in Ben Wright's unbeaten innings, was more like the cricket seen recently at the Ageas Bowl. Four hundred runs were scored here in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final and run-fests ensued in England internationals with New Zealand and Australia.

The push gave Glamorgan a very competitive total, which they defended well, despite Hampshire's own late surge of 71 in the final 10 overs, led by Sean Ervine, who arguably played the innings of the day by continuing to find the rope and keep Hampshire in the hunt with 54 in 51 balls. But once he holed out to long-on with 58 needed in 27 balls, the champions were dethroned.

Ervine was removed by Michael Hogan - another who has made a standout contribution for Glamorgan and who they have relied on in all formats to be competitive. Having been slightly too full in his opening three overs, which conceded 20, Hogan closed out the match with full, straight bowling to end with 4 for 51.

But it was Allenby who led the way with the ball, conceding only 18 runs from his eight overs and claiming the wickets of openers James Vince and Michael Roberts, who were pulling their hair out at how difficult the bowling was to manoeuvre.

The Ageas Bowl has seen some cracking wickets for one-day cricket but a slow, sticky surface was unveiled for this semi-final and the conditions were alien to hosts Hampshire, as they lost a second one-day semi-final this season. Hitherto unbeaten at home in the competition this year, and successful in seven out of eight chases in the group stage, Hampshire were unable to hunt down a target asking for just under a run a ball.

Allenby was almost impossible to score off. He bowled wicket-to-wicket on a length just fuller of good. With no pace or angle to work with, the batsmen endured eight overs of largely patting the ball back up the pitch. Only one boundary came from his spell, Jimmy Adams reaching out to flick a ball from middle and off wide of deep midwicket.

It was Adams who headed the pursuit. Like Allenby, he largely settled for carefully working the bowling around and it was the Hampshire captain who elected to take the batting Powerplay in the 28th over when the required rate had leaped to 10 an over.

Two slog sweeps found the rope but as he attempted a third, Andrew Salter, Glamorgan's 20-year-old offspinner, slid one on to the front pad that was somehow not given out lbw by umpire David Millns. It was the second exceptionally close lbw appeal Adams had survived. He also escaped a caught behind decision when it appeared he gloved an attempted sweep to Mark Wallace.

But he rode his luck and brought up a 73-ball fifty with a leg side swat that bounced over the head of Wallace. It was cricket straight from a schoolboy fixture and matched the six-yard run-out Adams missed earlier in the day; one of three run-out chances Hampshire didn't take in a lacklustre fielding display.

Adams fell top-edging an on-side flick that went straight in the air when 76 were needed from 42 balls and it was too much for the new batsmen who followed to settle on a pitch where timing was very difficult all day, even accounting for a fairytale scenario from Dimitri Mascarenhas, playing his last game for Hampshire.

It was not the swansong he had hoped for. He stood at the end of his run at the Northern End preparing to bowl the 31st over of the Glamorgan innings. But the public address delayed his shuffling few strides to the crease to announce that this would be Mascarenhas's final over at the Ageas Bowl.

He acknowledged the generous applause before sending down a typically slippery over from which only three balls were scored off. A standing ovation followed as the Hampshire faithful recognised the final sight of one of their great servants. Hampshire lost the match and a legend.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on September 8, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @dink76 on (September 8, 2013, 12:28 GMT) I share your gripes 100%. I'm just an armchair fan but it still makes my blood boild that Somerset will be without Buttler for tomorrow's mauling at Notts hands. With Carberry - surely Eng could have opened with Wright and KP in this game and maybe the next and then used Carberry in the final 2/3 games? If Carberry was THAT important to them he'd have played in the T20 series.

  • Cyril on September 8, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Mascarenhas long ruined his own farewell by choosing IPL over Hampshire. How he can travel to India at the start of every season and then claim to be injured for the majority of the remainder without being challenged is a mystery. Luckily those in the know at the Ageas Bowl know this and will not be crying over his retirement.

    I can be certain that some of the positive comments towards Dimi expressed in the comments here do not reflect the daily Hants member, just those who are obsessed with the white ball games; the attitude that sees Hants ticking along in Division 2 with a superb squad.

  • David on September 8, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Really enjoyed a thoroughly professional display by Glamorgan. They got bogged-down at the start but came back well and the bowlers did the usual good job. Thought David Millns was Hampshire's best 'player'. Dreadful display of umpiring.

  • dink on September 8, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Great planning by ECB, lets chuck in important Semi Final in between internationals and sod the counties. Deprive counties of their STAR player and PAYING SPECTATOR !!!!

    As for NUMPTIES belittling Hampshire, though Hants have struggled in longer format but lets be honest they have been Kings of Shorter game over last few years.

    So all true Hampshire and cricket lovers, be very PROUD.

    Jealousy on part of others only brings BITTERNESS !!!

    Dimi, man your a modern day Hants legend along with Richards, Greenidge, Roberts, Marshall etc. Thank you for wonderful memories !!!

    To Glamorgan and fans , well played and good luck for the final.

  • John on September 8, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @markatnotts - I don't think there's any bias re the way England schedule things and have pull players from the county sides but it's still poor. Re Broad/Swann and any of the test players - to me that's slightly different as I don't even consider these players (like Bell and Trott for Warwicks) as anything more than guest players and Warwicks and Notts have built their shorter format sides around other players and they're rested from the Eng side half the time anyway Carberry @Hants/ Buttler@Somerset have however been key players throughout the long qualification period in the YB40 group stages and now they are taken away from the sides. Is it really that important that Carberry (assuming he does) plays today's game in comparison to how important he would have been for Hants in their semi final? Buttler is possible so I have my fingers crossed because we could already be missing Trego through injury so to miss both will severely hurt us

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Unfortunate exit for Dimi.....

    Hampshire failed in all 3 aspects today sadly. Bowlers were very poor at the end - Wood was exceptionally wayward by his own death-bowling standards and Briggs gave too much width at times. Batting lacked conviction in how to construct the run-chase with the RRR spiralling out of control and leaving too much to do. But the fielding -really- disappointed me with ones turning into twos, boundaries not being prevented, and a cardinally bad miss at an easy run-out (for professionals) by Jimmy Adams on Wright which would have take the wind out of the Glamorgan chase and left their total far smaller.

    All-in-all a disappointing season to my dismay, lacking the clinical skills when it counts (semis) in the one day formats and not making much progress in the championship - I hope some of our younger players can step up next season....

  • Pundit on September 7, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Look at bowling hampshire analysis. Two guys one playing already playing for England and the other touted to play by Sky had bad games....If you closely look them closely they have their bad share of bad games. Yet they are selection safe! Not the case for,some others who don't have support.

  • Mark on September 7, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Well played Glamorgan. With regards to scheduling and England players, these semi finals have usually been during the last ODi series of the season. So counties should be used to this by now. Notts are affected more than most at variously stages of the season anyway. Even if Broad and Swann were not resting they have only ever been given dispensation to play the 2010 T20 finals day and not the quarter final at this time of year. In previous years we would have had to make do without Patel had we made the semi final. All in as long as teams are treated fairly consistently then we just have to put up with it.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    So glad Hampshire are out.

  • John on September 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Sad for Dimitri but what a great servant he has been to Hants.

    Hants fans must be sick after being so dominant in the group stages of both the T20 and YB40 only to go out at the semis stage in each. Well played Glamorgan and the Wright/Allenby last 5 overs probably swung the momentum their way and then Allenby started the rot in the Hants inns. I will say Glamorgan bowled well and I was impressed with young Salter , but I was as equally unimpressed with the Hants batting.For me - despite his 50 - Adams crossed the line from building a platform to stagnating the runrate and only in the powerplay overs did he up the tempo and that was still below the required rate leaving the lower middle with too much to do. The Glamorgan bowling was decent and disciplined but I think Hants made it look even better. Also wonder how Hants fans feel about Eng scheduling their ODI sseries to coincide with this game and therefore not having your start batsman Carberry available?

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