Glamorgan v Hampshire, NatWest Blast, Cardiff June 26, 2014

Hampshire go top after Carberry surge

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Hampshire 170 for 6 (Carberry 59, Adams 52) beat Glamorgan 164 for 6 (Wallace 38, Cooke 35*)by six runs

Hampshire soared to the top of the NatWest T20 Blast South Group table with a six-run victory over Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.

After being put into bat Hampshire were indebted to impressive half centuries from Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams as they reached 170 for 6 in their 20 overs.

Despite an impressive sixth wicket stand of 56 from Darren Sammy, playing his final game for Glamorgan, and Chris Cooke, Glamorgan were restricted to 164 for 6 in reply.

Glamorgan needed 14 from the final over but it was beyond Cooke and Andrew Salter.

On a livelier than normal Cardiff wicket Carberry made the most of the opening six over powerplay, plundering 42 of his side's 53 for 1 total.

Glamorgan's cause was not helped that off spinner Salter was given the final over of the power play which accrued 17.

Carberry did lose his captain James Vince, who was caught at mid on off Michael Hogan, but went on to complete his half century from 34 balls out of 69 for 1.

Hampshire had reached 96 for 1 at the halfway stage, but they lost Carberry who holed out on the long on boundary.

But there was no let up in the Hampshire scoring as Adams, who like Carberry, exploited the short boundary at the River Taff end, struck slow left armer Dean Cosker for consecutive maximums

Adams got to his 50 off 26 balls but lost Australian Glenn Maxwell to a diving catch by Stewart Walters at long-on. Adams went in the next over bowled by Will Owen with a smear across the line.

A decline in the scoring rate saw Hampshire only manage 38 from the final five overs as they lost Sean Ervine (6), who skied a return catch to Hogan while Adam Wheater (18) holed out off Sammy.

Glamorgan stuttered at the start of their reply with Jacques Rudolph going in only the fourth over missing a straight one as they made only 32 in the powerplay.

There were setbacks throughout the innings with Jim Allenby caught behind off Danny Briggs in the seventh. Glamorgan were not helped by the fact that they were 37 runs down at the halfway stage.

There was a brief cameo from Mark Wallace who hit two sixes off Ervine before the bowler had his revenge. With 78 needed from 7 overs Glamorgan lost Walters and Ben Wright in the same over as they sank to 96 for 5 in the 14th.

Sammy did his best to give the Welsh support something to remember him by as he struck Kyle Abbott for consecutive sixes over long on to bring the victory target down to 19 off the final 12 balls.

But Sammy and Glamorgan's demise was confirmed when he was caught on the long off boundary by Adams.

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  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Agreed CnC. Would like to see Shah get an extended run rather than Slug. Slug has been a great servant to the club, but I'm not sure Vince can justify him to bowl even a single over. Shah would have got Hampshire to 180 / 185 at least, which would have been well out of Glamorgan's reach.

    Arguably Bates's keeping justifies him a place in the side above Wheater.

  • Paulo on June 26, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    It still concerns me that we seem to be letting games get a lot closer than they should be. We should have scored a lot more but Ervine and Wheater batted us out of a good position. Then we bowled excellently at the start before Glamorgan came back fighting. Same with the other matches such as Gloucestershire.

    Coles impressed me with his slower balls. To be able to see you them on TV for once as opposed to at the ground was interesting, because when at the ground you can tell it's a slower ball, but not how it's bowled. He looked very skillful, but also bowled with pace at times, another thing I've noticed while at the Ageas Bowl.

  • Paulo on June 26, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Excellent win. Having witnessed Glamorgan beat us in the YB40 last year and the Blast this year at the Ageas Bowl I was expecting us to lose. Glamorgan are an excellent side.

    Our batting lineup looks really top heavy. Adams, Vince and Carberry are 3 of the best T20 batsmen in the Blast. Then Maxwell at 4. But it is followed up with a weak but deep middle order. And it doesn't help that Carberry hasn't really fired bar the games on sky and the other 3 have been hit and miss.

    Ervine and Wheater once again batted terribly. Ervine bowled one terrible over but took a wicket. Wheater kept poorly (something which isn't obvious until you watch it on sky).

    Bring in Shah for Ervine and Bates for Wheater. Wheater is certainly not good enough with the bat to be negate his keeping deficiencies and keep Bates out of the side. And Ervine is not good enough to displace Shah.

    1.Carberry 2.Vince 3.Adams 4.Shah 5.Maxwell 6.Coles 7.Smith 8.Wood 9.Bates 10.Briggs 11.Abbott

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