Rob Jones averages 239 but he can’t halt the Hampshire juggernaut

Hampshire 186 for 8 (Albert 65*, Damage 3-25, Bailey 3-37) beat Lancashire/b> 183 (Jones 84, Turner 5-25) by two wickets

John Turner’s maiden skilled five-wicket haul and Toby Albert’s nerveless unbeaten 65 maintained Hampshire’s 100 per cent Royal London Cup report in a nail-biting victory over Lancashire.

South African-born Turner’s 5 for 25 led an impeccable quick bowling show from Hampshire, with Jack Campbell and Scott Currie eradicating the remainder.

In kind batter Rob Jones crashed 84 in a 119 partnership with Steven Croft, to take his competitors common to 239, as Lancashire scored 183.

Liam Damage’s brutally fast three for 25 made certain Hampshire could not ease to victory however 20-year-old Albert, on the again of a match-winning 84 towards Derbyshire, managed to get his facet over the road with 10 balls to spare.

Hampshire’s eight-wicket victory retains them prime of Group B with an ideal report, with Lancashire now three factors adrift with three wins, a washout and this defeat – each will count on to make the knockout stage.

On a blistering fast wicket, having been requested to bowl by Keaton Jennings, Campbell and Turner had Lancashire seven for 3 inside 5 overs.
Turner’s first supply of the match set the tone, with Ben Brown taking the ball at shoulder top a few steps in from the 30-yard circle. Jennings could not resist trying to chop at one although on his return from Lions responsibility, however the further bounce discovered his edge.

Luke Wells impatiently skied Campbell and Josh Bohannon was caught behind to a ball which gloriously formed in.

Lancashire nonetheless hadn’t scored off a run off the bat at this stage, however Jones pushed and ran to cowl earlier than unfurling a sq. drive to start a really worthwhile, and wanted fourth-wicket partnership.

Jones has been in superb kind within the competitors with scores of 70 and 85, each with out being dismissed. Right here he was easy in reaching a 60-ball fifty, usually utilizing the bounce to his benefit.

The pair had recovered the state of affairs earlier than Lancashire collapsed once more, with the final seven wickets falling for 57 runs. Croft was yorked by Campbell to finish the county’s report fourth-wicket stand towards Hampshire earlier than George Balderson clothed Turner to midwicket.

Currie then opened the floodgates with a triple wicket maiden, taking three wickets in 4 balls. Jones fell for the primary time on this season’s cup when he lower to level, Tom Bailey edged behind first ball earlier than Will Williams defended his first ball however was pinned second. George Lavelle and Liam Damage had been each caught making an attempt to assault Turner to provide him his 5.

Hampshire plodded moderately than attacked the goal. Ben Brown, promoted to open, was lbw to a Bailey supply which seamed in, Tom Prest dragged a large Damage ball onto his stumps having been slowed down, and Nick Gubbins fell into a wonderfully positioned quick further cowl entice off Balderson.

Damage’s searing tempo had Aneurin Donald chopping down and Fletcha Middleton caught behind with a frighteningly fast supply from his lengthy run-up and low motion. Felix Organ additionally hit onto his personal stumps off Bailey and Scott Currie swung two boundaries earlier than he was pinned by Luke Wells.

Sixteen-year-old debutant Dom Kelly belied his inexperience with 17 in a 38-run stand with Albert however lower to level with 18 nonetheless wanted. However Albert reached back-to-back fifties in 64 balls and ticked off the remaining runs with Turner to the backdrop of a raucous crowd, with the profitable runs a lofted on-drive for 4.

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