Twenty20 Cup round-up June 27, 2005

Pothas keeps his cool for Hampshire

Cricinfo staff

Nic Pothas guided Hampshire to a thrilling last-ball victory over Kent, cracking seven fours in a 55-ball 58 and keeping his cool after his fellow opener, Derek Kenway, was bowled for a second-ball duck by Andrew Hall. He was given ample support by Craig McMillan (36) and Lawrence Prittipaul (35). Earlier, Kent were given a flying start by Matthew Walker, but were indebted to Michael Carberry's 43-ball 56, which anchored the innings.

Stuart Law trumped HD Ackerman's unbeaten 79 with a magnificent 92 not out from 54 balls, as Lancashire kept their hopes alive of progressing in the Twenty20 Cup. Law's blitz enabled Lancashire to romp home in the 17th over, after Muttiah Muralitharan had claimed amazing figures of 4 from 19, to confirm his injured shoulder is on the mend. Brad Hodge helped condemn Leicestershire to defeat with a composed 31.

James Hildreth starred with bat and ball as Somerset overwhelmed Glamorgan by 89 runs at Taunton. Hildreth spanked 71 from 37 balls, including seven fours and three sixes, and was backed up by a 57 not out from 28 balls from Keith Parsons, as Somerset rattled up an imposing 212 for 3. Glamorgan needed a solid start, but Matthew Elliott fell first-ball to Andrew Caddick. Ian Blackwell chipped in with 4 for 26 to hasten Glamorgan's defeat.

David Sales and Usman Afzaal were the mainstays of Northamptonshire's victory over Worcestershire at New Road, adding 86 for the third wicket out of a testing total of 180 for 6. Stephen Moore replied with 53 from 50 balls, but received scant support from his team-mates, as Johann Louw took 3 for 25.