Friends Provident t20, 1st Semi-Final: Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, Aug 14, 2010
Friends Provident t20 - 1st semi final
Hampshire won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
14 August 2010 (20-over match)

The players are out. Pettini and Cook walk out. Cork to open. All right let's have some fun.

11.30: Latest update: Play will start at 11.40.

11.25 Oh heavens! Spoke too soon. Another cloud burst!

Graeme Swann finds humour in this. Check out his latest tweet: "Hmmm, looks like a wet day all round at the rose bowl. I wonder if my award winning late swingers will be called upon."

11.22: All the covers are off and the stumps are in. Heavy clouds still linger though.

Toss Hampshire have won the toss and they will bowl first. The toss was delayed by about 13 minutes. Play should start on time.

Gnasher sends us this update: "The floodlights are already on, the sidecovers still in place but I don't think it's raining at the moment."

11.10am: Better news. The main pitch covers are off. The groundstaff are getting the pitch ready.

11.00 am: Good day to all of you joining our coverage of the Friends Provident T20 finals day. Triple-header as usual, now at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. We have the hosts Hampshire taking on Essex. Time for introductions - I'm Kanishkaa Balachandran and the lucky man at the ground is Andrew McGlashan, our in-house county expert.

For starters, the news isn't great. The covers are on. Damp start to the game.

0.1

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, swings away and he reaches out and squeezes it past backward point

0.2

Cork to Cook, no run, closer to the off stump and he gently pushes it to the off side

0.3

Cork to Cook, 1 run, angles it on middle stump and he whips it just wide of mid-on to get off the mark

0.4

Cork to Pettini, no run, fuller in length and he gets forward early and dabs it to the off side

0.5

Cork to Pettini, no run, defends with soft hands and the ball lobs up and Pettini has no idea where it is, it doesn't spin away to the stumps so he's safe

0.6

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, gets a lot of width to work with and he slashes that wide of point and third man's square

End of over 1 (3 runs) Essex 3/0

    • ML Pettini 2 (4b)
    • AN Cook 1 (2b)
    • DG Cork 1-0-3-0
1.1

Wood to Pettini, FOUR, offers the straight bat, that's a textbook shot, just a defensive push and the ball evades the diving mid-on fielder

1.2

Wood to Pettini, no run, good square drive but very well intercepted by the fielder at cover

The keeper is up to the stumps

1.3

Wood to Pettini, FOUR, the slower ball and he picks it early, stays at the crease, picks it from the off stump and scoops it over midwicket, there's a fielder in the deep but he's too far

1.4

Wood to Pettini, no run, angles it across him and he shoulders arms

1.5

Wood to Pettini, no run, taps it to the off side and he sends his partner back

1.6

Wood to Pettini, 1 run, angles it on the body and he whips it wide of midwicket

Good start for Pettini

End of over 2 (9 runs) Essex 12/0

    • ML Pettini 11 (10b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 1 (2b)
    • CP Wood 1-0-9-0
2.1

Cork to Pettini, no run, fullish on the off stump and he pushes it down to mid-off

2.2

Cork to Pettini, 1 wide, loses his radar and slides it down the leg side, he fails to glance it away

2.2

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, bangs it in short but not enough pace, he pulls it over square leg but there's protection in the deep

2.3

Cork to Cook, 1 run, Cook whips it away from middle and takes a single to midwicket

2.4

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, overpitched wide outside off and he gets forward and scoops it over backward point

2.5

Cork to Cook, no run, Cook lashes at thin air, tries to whack it over midwicket but misses it completely, that wasn't too far from the top of the off stump

2.6

Cork to Cook, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg and clipped wide of square leg

End of over 3 (5 runs) Essex 17/0

    • AN Cook 3 (5b)
    • ML Pettini 13 (13b 2x4)
    • DG Cork 2-0-8-0
3.1

Wood to Cook, 1 run

3.2

Wood to Pettini, 1 run, scenes of panic for Cook and Essex! Pettini guides the ball to fine leg and Cook turns around for the second and is half way down, scampers back but the throw reached the keeper a little too late, close call

3.3

Wood to Cook, 1 run, another big heave but he mistimes it to midwicket

3.4

Wood to Pettini, FOUR, you can't bowl there with the fine leg up! Down the leg side and gently ticked away

3.5

Wood to Pettini, 1 run, good attempt by Daniel Christian! Pettini swings it over square leg and Christian dives forward and the ball just drops short

3.6

Wood to Cook, FOUR, another heave but for a change Cook finds the gap, mistimed but the placement is good enough to beat fine leg

DSA: "Essex have just made their first mistake, and so early too. Why is an out-of-form Cook displacing the in-form Bopara as the second opener? Bopara is a better Twenty20 batsman and he has scored the most runs for Essex in the tournament. This decision is more likely to backfire than succeed."

End of over 4 (12 runs) Essex 29/0

    • AN Cook 9 (8b 1x4)
    • ML Pettini 19 (16b 3x4)
    • CP Wood 2-0-21-0
4.1

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, no run, Razzaq starts off with a loosener but it doesn't cost anything, gently driven to the covers

4.2

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, no run, keeps it tight outside the off stump and Pettini just pushes it to the off side

4.3

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, no run, another dot ball, Pettini can;t beat the gap at cover despite that forceful shot

4.4

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, 1 run, well this time he just manages to punch it wide of the cover fielder and sets off quickly, the fielder decides not to throw

4.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, FOUR, more convincing this time from Cook, gentle half volley and Cook walks a couple of paces across the stumps and launches it over mid-on

Mid-on goes back

4.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, clips it just wide of short fine leg and hurries the single

End of over 5 (6 runs) Essex 35/0

    • AN Cook 14 (10b 2x4)
    • ML Pettini 19 (20b 3x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-6-0

Here's Christian

5.1

Christian to Cook, 1 run, good length on middle and whipped away down to deep midwicket

5.2

Christian to Pettini, 1 wide, poor delivery, down the leg side and Pettini tries to whack it down to fine leg but misses

5.2

Christian to Pettini, 1 run, angles it towards the body and he works it down to deep square

5.3

Christian to Cook, FOUR, awesomeness! Cook grows in confidence, goes across his stumps and clubs a short of a length delivery over square leg, he's playing the horizontal shots well

5.4

Christian to Cook, 1 run, fuller and Cook pulls in the air over midwicket but the ball drops safe of the fielder

5.5

Christian to Pettini, FOUR, drifts on the pads and Pettini shuffles and woks it wide of short fine leg, not a good start for Christian

5.6

Christian to Pettini, 1 run, short and wide and he reaches out and steers it wide of point

End of over 6 (13 runs) Essex 48/0

    • ML Pettini 25 (23b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 20 (13b 3x4)
    • DT Christian 1-0-13-0
6.1

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, 1 run, cuts it wide of point and the fielder there was already flat on the turf before the bal passed him, wrong spikes?

6.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, clips it wide of midwicket

6.3

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, no run, Dropped and ouch! Cork smiles through the pain, Pettini tries to slam a slower ball but the ball thuds Cork's chest at short cover, Pettini checks if he's ok and Cork puts his arm around him, all's well

6.4

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, 1 run, makes room and forces it to the on side

6.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, SIX, crisp! Razzaq pitches it up on middle and leg and Cook pulls off the front foot and just clears the square leg rope

6.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cook, 1 run, drifting on middle and he clips it to the on side

End of over 7 (10 runs) Essex 58/0

    • AN Cook 28 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • ML Pettini 27 (26b 4x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-16-0

Here's Briggs

7.1

Briggs to Cook, no run, fullish on the pads and clipped towards mid-on

7.2

Briggs to Cook, 1 run, slower through the air and he works it wide of square leg

7.3

Briggs to Pettini, 1 run, chips down the track and checks the shot, the ball drops in front of long-off

7.4

Briggs to Cook, 1 run, makes room and forces it through the off side

7.5

Briggs to Pettini, FOUR, precision placement there, Briggs tosses it up generously and Pettini clears the back leg and slogs it in the gap between deep square and deep midwicket

7.6

Briggs to Pettini, 1 run, squirts it to the off side

Encouraging start for Essex

End of over 8 (8 runs) Essex 66/0

    • ML Pettini 33 (29b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 30 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • DR Briggs 1-0-8-0
8.1

Christian to Pettini, FOUR, daring and effective! Pettini isn't afraid of exposing all three stumps, picks the length ball from middle and scoops it over cover point

8.2

Christian to Pettini, 1 run, fullish and works it to the on side

8.3

Christian to Cook, SIX, he's picking the on side like it's his birthright, fuller in length on the off stump and he lofts it crisply over wide long-on

8.4

Christian to Cook, 2 runs

8.5

Christian to Cook, OUT, that ball didn't deserve a wicket so you can imagine how Cook's feeling, wide down the leg side with the fine leg up, he ends up tamely chipping it to that fielder, ends a promising innings

AN Cook c Briggs b Christian 38 (36m 22b 3x4 2x6) SR: 172.72

8.6

Christian to Bopara, no run, Bopara gets a bouncer as a wake-up call, well it wasnt a bouncer length but Bopara decided to duck neverteless

End of over 9 (13 runs) Essex 79/1

    • RS Bopara 0 (1b)
    • ML Pettini 38 (31b 6x4)
    • DT Christian 2-0-26-1
9.1

Briggs to Pettini, 2 runs, tossed up on the off stump and he works it wide of midwicket, fielder little slack there

9.2

Briggs to Pettini, 1 run, forces it to the off side

9.3

Briggs to Bopara, no run, pushes it to the off side but can't take the single

9.4

Briggs to Bopara, no run, thumped off the backfoot but Jimmy Adams is alert at cover

9.5

Briggs to Bopara, 2 runs, the ball skids through and Bopara cuts but there's a fumble at cover point

9.6

Briggs to Bopara, OUT, big edge and that was obvious! The ball skids through outside off and doesn't turn, Bopara tries to cut but it takes the edge, Bates knew it immediately

RS Bopara c †Bates b Briggs 2 (2m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

End of over 10 (5 runs) Essex 84/2

    • ML Pettini 41 (33b 6x4)
    • DR Briggs 2-0-13-1
10.1

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, 1 run, clips it towards midwicket for a single

10.2

Abdul Razzaq to ten Doeschate, no run, tucks him up on the stumps and he punches it down to mid-off

10.3

Abdul Razzaq to ten Doeschate, 1 run, steers it down to third man and takes the first run quickly, thinks of the second

10.4

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, 2 runs, whips it wide of midwicket and the non-striker shows more urgency in going for the second, easily taken

10.5

Abdul Razzaq to Pettini, 1 run, towards the body and he nudges it down to short fine leg

10.6

Abdul Razzaq to ten Doeschate, no run, Razzaq tucks him up for room and Doeschate can only push it back to the bowler

End of over 11 (5 runs) Essex 89/2

    • RN ten Doeschate 1 (3b)
    • ML Pettini 45 (36b 6x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 3-0-21-0
11.1

Briggs to Pettini, FOUR, Pettini makes room and chips down the track, looked like he tried to clear extra cover but adjusted and ended up lofting over mid-off

11.2

Briggs to Pettini, 2 runs, makes room and cuts him just wide of point and that brings up his fifty! Entertaining, with some crisp shots

11.3

Briggs to Pettini, 2 wides, slides down the leg side and wide called

11.3

Briggs to ten Doeschate, OUT, ten Doeschate fails to clear the rope! Comes down the track and looks to loft over the bowler's head but doesn't get enough elevation, long-on gets under it

RN ten Doeschate c Vince b Briggs 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

11.4

Briggs to Pettini, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side

11.5

Briggs to Bravo, 1 run, squirts it to the right of the bowler and picks up a single

11.6

Briggs to Pettini, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he works it wide of square leg

End of over 12 (10 runs) Essex 99/3

    • ML Pettini 53 (40b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1 (1b)
    • DR Briggs 3-0-23-2
12.1

Cork to Pettini, 1 wide, Cork begins his new spell with a wide down the leg side

12.1

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, full on middle and leg and worked down to midwicket

12.2

Cork to Bravo, 1 run, hits the deck hard and the ball sails over Bravo's arched back, that's the one bouncer for the over

12.3

Cork to Pettini, no run, tries to work it to the on side but he's too early on the shot, the ball drops in front of him

12.4

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, slower ball on the pads and he should have put it away, the ball hits his pads and rolls away

12.5

Cork to Bravo, 1 run, stays beside the line and he steers it to the off side

12.6

Cork to Pettini, 1 run, clips it to the on side but finds midwicket

End of over 13 (6 runs) Essex 105/3

    • ML Pettini 56 (44b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 3 (3b)
    • DG Cork 3-0-14-0
13.1

Briggs to Bravo, 1 run, gets forward and forces it to the off side

13.2

Briggs to Pettini, OUT, Briggs takes three for the road! He fires this fuller and quicker, almost on the blockhole and Pettini shapes to slog and the ball goes straight through and hits middle and off

ML Pettini b Briggs 55 (55m 43b 7x4 0x6) SR: 127.90

Here's Matt Walker

13.3

Briggs to Walker, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he clips it to fine leg to get off the mark

13.4

Briggs to Bravo, 1 run, comes well forward and clips it to the on side for an easy single

13.5

Briggs to Walker, no run

13.6

Briggs to Walker, 2 runs, gets on his knee and sweeps and picks up a couple down to deep square leg

End of over 14 (4 runs) Essex 109/4

    • MJ Walker 3 (3b)
    • DJ Bravo 5 (6b)
    • DR Briggs 4-0-28-3
14.1

Christian to Bravo, 1 run, OUT, Wood strikes wood! Bravo spooned it fast over the bowler's head and he drops the catch, the ball is deflected to mid-off and Bravo takes the first run slowly, he seems content with the single but walker hurries him for the second, Wood fires the ball to the batsman's end there's a direct hit and Bravo is short, third umpire takes a look

DJ Bravo run out 5 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

14.2

Christian to Foster, no run

14.3

Christian to Foster, 1 run, takes a single to mid-off

14.4

Christian to Walker, no run, pushed to covers

14.5

Christian to Walker, 1 run, whips it to the on side

14.6

Christian to Foster, FOUR, short and he pulls it behind square on the on side

End of over 15 (8 runs) Essex 117/5

    • JS Foster 5 (3b 1x4)
    • MJ Walker 6 (5b)
    • DT Christian 3-0-33-1
15.1

Abdul Razzaq to Walker, no run, the ball skids through and he pushes it back to the bowler

15.2

Abdul Razzaq to Walker, 1 run, full and wide outside off and driven to deep cover

15.3

Abdul Razzaq to Foster, 1 run, angles it on middle and leg and he works it to the on side

15.4

Abdul Razzaq to Walker, no run

15.5

Abdul Razzaq to Walker, 1 run, drops the ball to the off side and takes a single

15.6

Abdul Razzaq to Foster, no run, Razzaq gets one to sneak past the outside edge, that was close!

End of over 16 (3 runs) Essex 120/5

    • JS Foster 6 (5b 1x4)
    • MJ Walker 8 (9b)
    • Abdul Razzaq 4-0-24-0

The keeper is up to the stumps

16.1

Wood to Walker, 1 run, fullish and wide outside off and he reaches out and chops it to long-off

16.2

Wood to Foster, FOUR, great improv by Foster! Gets across his stumps and on his knee, paddle scoops it down to the vacant fine leg region

16.3

Wood to Foster, no run, tucks him up for room, he gently taps it down the pitch

16.4

Wood to Foster, 5 wides, spectacularly wide! Foster moved across his stumps to repeat the paddle scoop and Wood tired to fire it wide outside off to make it difficult, unfortunately Wood was bowling to third man instead of the batsman, Foster withdrew the shot and let the ball go

16.4

Wood to Foster, FOUR, good shot! Good length on the stumps and he makes room and smacks it over cover point

16.5

Wood to Foster, no run

16.6

Wood to Foster, 1 run, chips it in the air over midwicket and the ball drops short of the fielder

End of over 17 (14 runs) Essex 134/5

    • JS Foster 15 (10b 3x4)
    • MJ Walker 9 (10b)
    • CP Wood 3-0-35-0
17.1

Christian to Foster, OUT, Foster tries to get across his stumps and hit it straight I'd presume but he mistimed it and ended up slashing, the top edge lands down Cork's throat at extra cover

JS Foster c Cork b Christian 15 (8m 11b 3x4 0x6) SR: 136.36

17.2

Christian to Walker, 1 wide

17.2

Christian to Walker, 2 runs, Walker cuts wide of backward point and takes the first run quickly, takes the second easily

17.3

Christian to Walker, 1 run, fullish outside off and squirted down to long-off

17.4

Christian to Flower, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he whips it to square leg

17.5

Christian to Walker, no run

17.6

Christian to Walker, no run, pushed towards cover for a single

End of over 18 (6 runs) Essex 140/6

    • MJ Walker 9 (14b)
    • GW Flower 1 (1b)
    • DT Christian 4-0-38-2
18.1

Cork to Flower, 1 run

18.2

Cork to Walker, 1 run, on the blockhole outside off and jammed out to mid-off

18.3

Cork to Flower, 1 run, full on the pads again and whipped to the on side

18.4

Cork to Walker, FOUR, well played! Cork aims for the blockhole and it's slightly wide, Walker gets enough bat on it to squirt it down to third man

18.5

Cork to Walker, 1 run, squeezed to the on side

18.6

Cork to Flower, 1 run

End of over 19 (9 runs) Essex 149/6

    • GW Flower 4 (4b)
    • MJ Walker 15 (17b 1x4)
    • DG Cork 4-0-23-0
19.1

Wood to Flower, 1 run, makes room but fails to put it away, ends up chopping it back to the bowler

19.2

Wood to Walker, 1 run, goes for the big heave but ends up placing it to deep square leg

19.3

Wood to Flower, 2 runs, clears the back leg and slogs it along the turf down to deep midwicket

19.4

Wood to Flower, 1 run, good ball, on the blockhole and he makes room and he squirts it to the on side

19.5

Wood to Walker, OUT, fails to give a low full toss the treatment it deserved, Walker mistimes it and Christian does well to fall forward at long-on and take the catch

MJ Walker c Christian b Wood 18 (25m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

19.6

Wood to Flower, 2 runs, squirted past cover and they can only manage a couple off the last ball

Satisfying performance from Essex. Hants scored 84 off the first ten overs but Briggs crashed the party with three wickets to pull things back. As a result, Hants managed only 72 off the last ten. The Hampshire dressing room will be a happier one now I'd imagine.

The weather, thankfully, didn't let us down during the innings. Let's hope it stays that way. Join us shortly for the chase.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Essex 156/7

    • GW Flower 10 (8b)
    • DD Masters 0 (0b)
    • CP Wood 4-0-42-1
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