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June 16, 2008
Azhar Mahmood was Kent's saviour with an unbeaten 26 from 12 balls, including a four to seal victory off the final ball of the match, as Hampshire were made to pay for their victory at The Rose Bowl last week. In a tense encounter at Canterbury, Hampshire batted first and posted a competitive 162 for 7 thanks to Michael Carberry's 51 from 39 balls. In reply, however, Kent got off to a flying start, as Robert Key and Joe Denly added 56 for the first wicket in six overs, before Key ran himself out for 40 attempting a second run to Billy Taylor at third man. Denly pushed on to a 46-ball half-century, but when he fell at 132 for 3, the innings suffered a late wobble. Darren Stevens and Geraint Jones faced one ball between them in the tense closing stages, but Mahmood was on hand to put Kent second behind Middlesex in the South Division table.
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Graham Wagg produced a match-turning allround performance as Derbyshire inched to victory off the final ball of their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. After Derbyshire lost the toss and were asked to field first, Wagg claimed 3 for 23 with his left-arm seamers to restrict Notts to 144 for 9. Adam Voges was the mainstay with 52 from 39 balls, and Bilal Shafayat made 32 from 28, but no-one else more than 15. At 100 for 2 in reply, with Wavell Hinds in fine form, the contest looked somewhat one-sided, but four wickets fell for 13 to tip the scales back to Nottinghamshire. With 11 needed off the final over, Wagg clipped Andre Adams for four through fine leg, then belted the last ball of the match through the covers to finish unbeaten on 27 from 18 balls.
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