slower ball, a swing and a miss... and this time Hampshire do win it! Lancashire sprint the single, but it's not enough... Hampshire prevail by one run!
|Liam Dawson||HANTS||60.18||2(6)||- 2.36||- 7.78||2/23||3.18||67.96|
22.14pm And with that, Vince strolls over to lift the trophy, with yet more fireworks lighting the sky. Hampshire lost their first four games of the tournament, and have won 12 out of 13 since then, including this ... by one solitary run at the death! Thanks for joining us, see you tomorrow for the third ODI at Old Trafford!
The player of the match is Ben McDermott "That second-last ball, we were nearly in the Hollies and had to come back... a couple of sets of fireworks were nice. To get 150 on the board was a good total in the end. Thought it was below-par at first but kept taking wickets to keep us in it."
Dane Vilas "Tough game, down to the wire, under pressure and couldn't get over the line. The wicket did change but we thought we could chase that down. All the emotions [on that last ball], thought we'd lost it... on a day like this anything can happen, expect the unexpected."
James Vince, the winning captain, is named as Player of the Year. "It was a great game of cricket, a few things got in the way of us getting over the line, but contributions all the way through. We could tell from watching it that the pitch had deteriorated through the day, we had the belief, wickets were crucial. The fight the guys showed, never-say-die attitude shone through. Ellis has been immense, as has our other overseas player [McDermott]. Not too bothered about my award, just looking forward to celebrating with the lads."
10pm Nathan Ellis is talking through that final moment. "I was conflicted, didn't know whether to stick to what was working. But Vincey got everyone together, and once I'd made my mind up I stuck to it. With the tail I wanted to be able to defend six or seven. I was aware I'd bowled a lot of slower balls in the semi
9.55pm Backslaps all round for Hampshire as they do their walk of honour. Vince is especially gleeful, as he leads his side in a dance in front of their supporters. Incredible resolve in the closing overs. Lancashire were strolling it at barely a run a ball, until a fateful lock-up against James Fuller in particular, before Nathan Ellis's death wiles sealed the deal.
9.52pm Somehow there are more fireworks around Edgbaston ... that's an impressive reload! Unbelievable scenes, and huge composure from Ellis, winning it twice in two balls with another cheeky slower ball!
Such relief for Hampshire, three times winners now, level with Leicestershire as the most successful team in English T20 history
SO... MUCH... DRAMA! Hampshire were already in a huddle celebrating! Gleeson chuckles, as well he might... and they'll have to wait for the firework smoke to clear!
bowled him! Slower-ball yorker, Gleeson swings across the line, misses everything, and back goes the off stump! ... IT'S A NO-BALL! Jeepers creepers! It's going to be a Free Hit for the title! Two needed!
Third man and fine leg is up... that might not be wise... Vince has just been told the permutations
pumped down the ground, they rush back for two... four for the title!
Lancashire need six off two, they win on Powerplay if the scores are tied
slower ball, swinging away outside off, beats the intentions, they rush the bye... but McDermott is dead-eyed with the under-arm! Stunning drama... the single doesn't count, and Wood has to walk!
clothed to the on-side, climbing into the wide line, and they take the single again
very full, bashed hard to the on-side, the instant call is "two" and two it is, Hartley beats the shy home
yorker, right on the money, Hartley does the needful and jabs the single to get Wood back on strike
wide full toss, slapped to the off side... and a direct hit from Vince at the non-striker's end! Incredible! He's six inches short! A new man will be on strike, with 11 runs to win!
length delivery, outside off, pressed to cover for the single
huge hack, miles in the air! Short third rushes in, and doesn't get close!
hammered through wide long-on! Whiteley dives valiantly, gets a goalkeeper's fingertip to it, and Lanky the Giraffe is ecstatic
he's picked this one up! Round the wicket again, too tight to the body this time, and that's a massive heave off the legs, picking the slower ball and dumping it over the ropes!
round the wicket, slashed into the covers, sharp pick-up and no run!
Right, who's got the stones? Here's Wood
strides down the pitch, hacks the back-of-a-length ball out to deep midwicket. Could have been two with the fumble but they turn it down...
huge wipe to the leg side, Fuller just ghosts that through to the keeper, outside off
steps across the stumps, on the full length, clipped to mid-on
width, too full, glided through third man! Priceless runs!
backs away, aims for the slap over cover, but holes out to Vince at mid-off! Now this is Hampshire's game to lose! That was swirling, a tough take for Vince, as the rate climbs close to two a ball!
swung leg-side, picked up from outside off, just the single to square leg
Fuller continues, obviously
And lo, the rate is up to ten!
swing and a miss on the quicker yorker, and now the crowd are starting to believe!
|Toss||Hampshire, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Hampshire won the 2022 Vitality Blast|
|Match days||16 July 2022 - night (20-over match)|
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