Hampshire win T20 opener


Rose Bowl hospitality guests who are planning to attend one of Hampshire's Friends Life Twenty20 games this summer may be pleased to hear the team have got their campaign off to a winning start against Somerset.

The match was a repeat of the 2010 final, but unlike last year's tense showdown, which was decided on the number of wickets lost after the scores finished tied, Hampshire had a much more comfortable win yesterday (June 2nd).

Michael Lumb, a member of the England side that won the World Twenty20 trophy in the Caribbean, led the way for the Royals, scoring 53 as part of a 90-run opening stand alongside Jimmy Adams as they chased down Somerset's target with nine balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.

Previously, good work from Dimitri Mascarenhas had reduced the visitors to a total of 145-7, taking 3-19, with Peter Trego the pick of the Somerset batsmen, scoring 55 off 37 balls before he was caught off the bowling of veteran Dominic Cork.

The win erases the minus two points deficit Hampshire started the tournament with after they were penalised for the state of the pitch in the corresponding fixture last year.

Posted by Jana Roberts

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