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Alistair20000

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Cidermen will be scratching their heads as to why they lost last night.

It was all because of an absolutely sublime masterclass from James Vince. Is there a more elegant player when he is in this form ? I have just read that his second fifty came in only 15 balls, very ably supported by teenager Tom Prest with a half century of massive skill and maturity. Vince scored overall at more than 2 a ball. Quite remarkable. No other batsman got above 6 but truth to tell they were not needed. A horrid 19th over from Jack Brooks enabled Hampshire to post a challenging 208. Prior to that, Lewis Gregory had gone for 31 in a single over that was the key to acceleration from Vince after a cautious start. Why he was preferred to Lammonby who bowled 2 tight overs up top is curious as Gregory’s first over was poor too.

Even so, with an excellent pitch and one very short boundary, this target was achievable and after Smeed, Banton and Rossouw had blasted their way to cut the asking rate below 10 with wickets in hand and not many overs left Somerset imploded. Banton got out tamely and Rossouw blasted a full toss straight down Fuller’s throat. The incoming batsman found it difficult to get bat on ball and eventually a virtually certain Somerset win ended up as a comfortable Hampshire win.

Only the second T20 Hampshire have won on this ground. Cidermen with back to back defeats now have 3 sides breathing down their necks and need to beat the Welsh in Cardiff tonight.
 

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England scoring at 4.55 per over. Shame they are 6 down😡
Case of getting used to it I'm afraid for you Ali. Bairstow and Jamie Overton leading the charge now at 216-6 putting on 161 at almost a run a ball.

It was always likely to be the case of positive cricket under Stokes and McCullum. It will be exciting but we will be 70 all out at times. But then again we were when we batted like tortoises.

Edit. As Chimes says above, it sounded like Boult in particular was on fire with the new ball in favourable conditions. World class operator.
 

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Jamie just 3 short of a debut 100. Unbelievably England have a first innings lead of 31 and NZ are already 28 for 1. Exciting stuff!
 
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