Adams ton sets up crushing win
Hampshire 199 for 5 beat Glamorgan 145 for 9 by 54 runs
Hampshire opening batsman Jimmy Adams scored his second Friends Provident t20 century of the season to help crush Glamorgan by 54 runs at the Rose Bowl. Adams, who scored a century against Surrey earlier in the campaign, hit an unbeaten 100 as Hampshire eased to a comfortable victory.
Hampshire rattled up 199 for 5 from their 20 overs with Adams reaching his century in the final over. Adams struck 16 fours and faced 61 balls after his captain, Nic Pothas, decided to bat first. Adams lost opening partner, Michael Lumb, on 33 but then featured in a stand of 90 for the second wicket in only 8.5 overs with promising talent James Vince. Vince fell with the score on 123 after hitting a six and three fours in his 39, but his loss failed to halt Hampshire's surge.
Sean Ervine was third out to leave the hosts 163 for 3 and Neil McKenzie fell two balls later, but there was no denying Adams. When Huw Waters began bowling the final over of the innings Adams was on 94 and he almost immediately lost Dominic Cork, who was run out by David Brown.
But he kept his composure to reach his century with two balls to spare having put the hosts in a commanding position. Waters was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers finishing with three wickets for 30 from his four overs while veteran Robert Croft conceded only 24 from his four.
Glamorgan needed 10 an over to win and they never looked like reaching their target. They lost Jim Allenby with the score on 24 but there was always an outside chance with big-hitting Australian Mark Cosgrove at the crease.
Cosgrove thumped three sixes in a quick-fire innings of 33 but from the moment he hit Chris Wood to a diving Cork at the start of the sixth over, Glamorgan rapidly faded as a steady procession of wickets followed.
Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs sent back Gareth Rees, Croft and Chris Ashling first ball to finish with 3 for 27. Glamorgan were 116 for 9 at the start of the 17th over but a late flurry of runs from Mark Wallace and last man Waters at least ensured they batted out their overs.
The last wicket pair put on 29 over the final four overs with Wallace finishing as top scorer with an unbeaten 42 off 26 balls having hit two sixes.