Hampshire v Somerset, FP t20 Final, Rose Bowl August 14, 2010

Hampshire champions after thrilling finish

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Hampshire 173 for 5 (McKenzie 52, Ervine 44*) beat Somerset 173 for 6 (Kieswetter 71) by losing fewer wickets
Scorecard

Hampshire secured the Friends Provident t20 in extraordinary style by losing fewer wickets than Somerset after scores finished level after a frantic final two overs that turned a comfortable chase into a mad scramble. It ended with Dan Christian, who had to call for a runner for the final ball, scoring a leg bye and then, forgetting his injury, sprinting the length of the pitch only for Somerset to miss the chance to run him out and secure victory themselves. One-hundred-and-fifty-one matches came down to one ball.

The game looked done and dusted when the penultimate over started with Hampshire needing 11 to win, but Ben Phillips claimed two wickets as he removed Neil McKenzie for 52 then had Michael Carberry caught for a duck from a top edge. In between he'd seen Sean Ervine spilled at deep square-leg by Nick Compton, who was only on the field because of a horrid eye injury suffered by Kieron Pollard at the end of Somerset's innings.

The final over began with eight needed and both batsmen swung at fresh air while Craig Kieswetter missed two chances to hit the stumps with under-arms. Off the penultimate ball Christian pulled his hamstring coming back for a second which meant Jimmy Adams had to come out as a runner. When Christian missed the last ball it looked mighty close for lbw, but replays showed it was just sliding down leg side, yet still there was confusion.

Eventually the result was confirmed by the umpires and Hampshire launched into their celebrations, led by the 39-year-old Dominic Cork who had been pacing the sidelines during the closing stages. In the final outcome his last over of the Somerset innings proved vital as he conceded just three runs, claimed two wickets and sent Pollard to hospital as a sharp bouncer squeezed between the grill into his right eye. It was an incident that shook Cork.

Pollard's absence in the field left Somerset a key bowler and fielder short and it became telling after Hampshire started the chase with a string of boundaries. Abdul Razzaq helped them collect the best Powerplay score of the day with the fifty stand coming off 29 balls, a significant achievement on a surface being used for its third match in nine hours. However, two balls before the fielding restrictions were lifted Razzaq got a top edge against Peter Trego and Kieswetter just managed to settle under the spiralling catch as it dropped from the floodlights.

Three balls later James Vince was on his way after a sharp piece of work from James Hildreth at short third-man who threw to the keeper while still on his knees. The chase then went into accumulation mode as Adams and McKenzie consolidated while Marcus Trescothick juggled his attack without Pollard. His sixth bowler proved an inspired choice as Arul Suppiah removed Adams via an inside edge into the stumps first ball.

Then came the major stand as McKenzie and Ervine used all their experience to soak up the pressure as they added 79. It was smart, risk-free batting which kept the required rate under control until McKenzie had a rush of blood and carved a catch to cover. It looked nothing more than a minor blip, but it almost turned the match completely on its head.

With the rare situation of a home team being in a final it was one of the better attended conclusions to the tournament where the last game has often been played to large sections of empty seats as supporters from eliminated sides head home. Some did filter out during the day, but the stands were still well populated during the mad closing stages.

Somerset's innings only came to life in the second half as Kieswetter anchored the effort with 71 off 59 balls. After a stodgy start, where he took 37 balls to make 29, he hit 42 off his last 22 deliveries having done well not to throw his innings away as the pressure mounted. It's a display that is likely to come in for criticism, and Kieswetter still isn't back to his best, but a straight six off Danny Briggs and another cover drive that cleared the ropes were positive signs.

Crucially for Hampshire's hopes, they snuffed out Trescothick before he could do major damage having threatened something violent with 19 from eight balls. After his second six he managed to pull a long hop to midwicket and couldn't believe what he had done. With Kieswetter and Trego not connecting cleanly the boundaries dried up.

Key to that was another impressive spell of left-arm spin from Briggs to follow his 3 for 29 in the semi-final. He isn't afraid to give the ball a rip and throw it up a touch, easier said than done when batsmen want to charge, and he is a rapidly developing cricketer.

That was one of the most pleasing aspects about Hampshire's success. Although the main part of their chase was fashioned by two former seasoned internationals - and the end was chaotic - there is a strong core of English youth in the side which can help carry them forward.

They said they didn't want Kevin Pietersen and their faith has been fully justified. Even if it was too close for comfort.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • colc on August 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    What is it with Pakistan supporters. One of their own wasn't given Man of the Match, and so we get an endless stream of comments. The pressure on Pakistan players must be immense if this is the kind of blinkered support you guys give your team. As a player, you're either rubbish, or brilliant, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. I hate to think of the number of great players over zealous fans have destroyed over the years..............is this way Razzaq isn't in the Test side?

  • sgh142 on August 16, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Kevin... who??????? well done The Royals

  • robheinen on August 16, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Good on Hampshire. Showing all the world how it's done in spite of so-called star players and cricket board officials. Way to go!!!

  • on August 16, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Ab Razak should be made captain of pakistan's test squad,while Salman should be assigned much greater responsibility of 12th man as water boy

  • Blythesville on August 15, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Think Cork should have got MOM. His bouncer that took out Pollard changed the game completely and gave Hampshire the edge.

  • Adhiqarie on August 15, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Abdul Razzak should have been given the MAN OF THE MATCH award...He deserved it more than any other..!

  • smoggie3 on August 15, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Its a pity people dont know who plays for Hampshire as they have quite a number of poms. It will take a while I hope for the penny to drop and build home grown tallent in our teams however Hampshire lead the way and have told a very expensive some times brilliant South African , KP, sorry but we dont need you and in essence they didnt.... but like the Premiership money talks.It is true our overseas Aussie was the coolest Guy on the field.Essex allegedly paid £10,000 to bring over a fast bowler from the Windies. As far as Notts were concerned it was just another day in the office for Hussey.Sami Patel is another un recognised player.Cook Played a shambles and surprise , suprise our Cilla he is in the next England game nothing to do with playing for Essex...of course!!!

  • on August 15, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Relax boys. The Razzler played a key role, but he failed to see it through. If he had given 10 less runs or scored 15 more runs he would have been an obvious choice but he didnt. NM deserved it just as much

  • ThetigersofCricket on August 15, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    it was nice match but i think Abdul razzaq should be the man of the match becasue of his 33 runs and 2 main wickets.

  • on August 15, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    In my opinion it was marginally unfair & selecrtively naive judgement not to adjudicate Abdul Razzaq the man of the final!

    He detached the openers when Treso was threating to building something very big and then again at 2/145 he put halt to the runs accumulation and Hampshire fell short short 20-22 runs. Razzaq being the main bowler.

    He emulated the bowling goods with the bat and played with the best SR for his team and provided a fast start around 11 an over.

    What else do you need for a T20 affair? (with all respect to ND McKenzie)

  • colc on August 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    What is it with Pakistan supporters. One of their own wasn't given Man of the Match, and so we get an endless stream of comments. The pressure on Pakistan players must be immense if this is the kind of blinkered support you guys give your team. As a player, you're either rubbish, or brilliant, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. I hate to think of the number of great players over zealous fans have destroyed over the years..............is this way Razzaq isn't in the Test side?

  • sgh142 on August 16, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Kevin... who??????? well done The Royals

  • robheinen on August 16, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Good on Hampshire. Showing all the world how it's done in spite of so-called star players and cricket board officials. Way to go!!!

  • on August 16, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Ab Razak should be made captain of pakistan's test squad,while Salman should be assigned much greater responsibility of 12th man as water boy

  • Blythesville on August 15, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Think Cork should have got MOM. His bouncer that took out Pollard changed the game completely and gave Hampshire the edge.

  • Adhiqarie on August 15, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Abdul Razzak should have been given the MAN OF THE MATCH award...He deserved it more than any other..!

  • smoggie3 on August 15, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Its a pity people dont know who plays for Hampshire as they have quite a number of poms. It will take a while I hope for the penny to drop and build home grown tallent in our teams however Hampshire lead the way and have told a very expensive some times brilliant South African , KP, sorry but we dont need you and in essence they didnt.... but like the Premiership money talks.It is true our overseas Aussie was the coolest Guy on the field.Essex allegedly paid £10,000 to bring over a fast bowler from the Windies. As far as Notts were concerned it was just another day in the office for Hussey.Sami Patel is another un recognised player.Cook Played a shambles and surprise , suprise our Cilla he is in the next England game nothing to do with playing for Essex...of course!!!

  • on August 15, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Relax boys. The Razzler played a key role, but he failed to see it through. If he had given 10 less runs or scored 15 more runs he would have been an obvious choice but he didnt. NM deserved it just as much

  • ThetigersofCricket on August 15, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    it was nice match but i think Abdul razzaq should be the man of the match becasue of his 33 runs and 2 main wickets.

  • on August 15, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    In my opinion it was marginally unfair & selecrtively naive judgement not to adjudicate Abdul Razzaq the man of the final!

    He detached the openers when Treso was threating to building something very big and then again at 2/145 he put halt to the runs accumulation and Hampshire fell short short 20-22 runs. Razzaq being the main bowler.

    He emulated the bowling goods with the bat and played with the best SR for his team and provided a fast start around 11 an over.

    What else do you need for a T20 affair? (with all respect to ND McKenzie)

  • on August 15, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Amazing....The Match was outstanding. Abdul Razzaq's stunning inning of 33 of 19 balls and 2 major blows really helped Hampshire to win the Provident Trophy. WELL DONE ABDUL RAZZAQ for such a fine gift on our independence day, Allah Bless You. Happy Independence Day. Live Long Pakistan :)

  • Metman on August 15, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Pollard what! He is a slugger not a bowler.If he was not injured, probably the match would not have reached that far!

  • doosra_inventer on August 15, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    A.Razzaq must have been a man of the match...33 just on 19 ball n 2 wickets...dont know wat didnt make him to get man of the match...super hero of T20

  • on August 15, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    The question is really whether Somerset were ignorant of the rules, or showed good sportsmanship by not running out Christian at the keeper's end. I suspect the former, given the high stakes. See A.G. MacDonnell's famous story 'The Cricket Match' (actually a chapter in his 'England, Their England') for the funniest (fictional) incident arising from this situation.

  • on August 15, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    I think if Razzaq had not given them the start Hampshire would have failed in the chase and he also took 2 crucial wickets. I think his innings had greater impact than Neil's. How did they not give Razaq Player of Match award? Surprised and of course livid.

  • on August 15, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    abdul razzay has played this match and score 33 of 19 balls

  • David47 on August 15, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Were any poms playing in this game??

  • nrms on August 15, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @dsr: Very good point... The Law is strangely unclear on the matter; but the interpretations document on the Lords website states:

    2-G Injured striker runs even though he has a runner An injured striker has a runner. The runner remains within his ground at the striker's end, but the injured striker and the non-striker both run, and both make good the ground at the opposite end. Should this run be allowed? No. Law 29.2(e) makes it clear that the injured striker's ground is always at the wicket-keeper's end. Even though he grounds his bat behind the crease at the bowler's end, he has not made good his ground. Law 18.1requires that both batsmen make good their ground for a run to be scored. Therefore no run has been completed. [Law reference: 2.8, 18.1, 29.2(e)]

    Sounds like, to me, Christian was therefore out of his ground (even if Adams also ran and made good his ground) and could have been run out. However, there is also the point of when does the ball become dead... AGAIN! ;)

  • fercsl84 on August 15, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    just a stat pollard have played t20 for 4 teams t&t last year , mumba iindians, south Australia, and somerset all teams have qualified for final but lost all the finals ha ha how amazing is that

  • fercsl84 on August 15, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    just a stat pollard have played t20 for 4 teams t&t last year , mumba iindians, south Australia, and somerset all teams have qualified for final but lost all the finals ha ha how amazing is that

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Razzaq deserved the Man of the Match .. :)

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    And people say Twenty20 lacks drama.

  • 68704 on August 15, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Despite all the confusion hampshire won a tight game I think the most significant thing for Hampshire is not wanting Kevin Pietersen and still managing to win. Some where people have to realise that cricket is a team game and not about prima donnas. Sad that Trescothick is not available to play for England, they sure could do with the likes of him at the top of the order. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • on August 15, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    HAMPSHIRE WON!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • on August 15, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Allow me to express 2 of my own heavily influenced opinion here.. Razzaq should have been Man of the Match. Now for the one which will attract a lot abuse.. Pollard is just a glorified version of Razzaq.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 14, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Totally biased judges do their tricks while naming man of the matches. In the final Abdulrazzaqs 2 wickets including that of tresco and 33 runs at SR 173 couldn't win over McKenzies 52 at SR 133. In semifinal Abdulrazzaqs 4 overs @ 5.75 and 44 runs at a high strike rate coudn't beet Danny's 3 wickets. Hampshire owe it to Abdul.

  • dsr. on August 14, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Last time I looked, the runner wasn't allowed to leave his ground. He can't be safe at the wrong end, he has to be in his own crease.

    So all Somerset had to do was lob the ball to the wicket keeper and run Christian out - the run wouldn't have counted, and Somerset would have won. Or have they changed the rule?

  • Munkeymomo on August 14, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    that last ball was out. Im gutted. If Pollard hadnt been injured, would have been different. C'est la vie, well played Hampshire though.

  • saintyboy73 on August 14, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • saintyboy73 on August 14, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Munkeymomo on August 14, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    that last ball was out. Im gutted. If Pollard hadnt been injured, would have been different. C'est la vie, well played Hampshire though.

  • dsr. on August 14, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Last time I looked, the runner wasn't allowed to leave his ground. He can't be safe at the wrong end, he has to be in his own crease.

    So all Somerset had to do was lob the ball to the wicket keeper and run Christian out - the run wouldn't have counted, and Somerset would have won. Or have they changed the rule?

  • Zahidsaltin on August 14, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Totally biased judges do their tricks while naming man of the matches. In the final Abdulrazzaqs 2 wickets including that of tresco and 33 runs at SR 173 couldn't win over McKenzies 52 at SR 133. In semifinal Abdulrazzaqs 4 overs @ 5.75 and 44 runs at a high strike rate coudn't beet Danny's 3 wickets. Hampshire owe it to Abdul.

  • on August 15, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Allow me to express 2 of my own heavily influenced opinion here.. Razzaq should have been Man of the Match. Now for the one which will attract a lot abuse.. Pollard is just a glorified version of Razzaq.

  • on August 15, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    HAMPSHIRE WON!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • 68704 on August 15, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Despite all the confusion hampshire won a tight game I think the most significant thing for Hampshire is not wanting Kevin Pietersen and still managing to win. Some where people have to realise that cricket is a team game and not about prima donnas. Sad that Trescothick is not available to play for England, they sure could do with the likes of him at the top of the order. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    And people say Twenty20 lacks drama.

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Razzaq deserved the Man of the Match .. :)

  • fercsl84 on August 15, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    just a stat pollard have played t20 for 4 teams t&t last year , mumba iindians, south Australia, and somerset all teams have qualified for final but lost all the finals ha ha how amazing is that