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Hampshire make history

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Hampshire won the National Disabled County Championship for the first time after they defeated Yorkshire in the final in Derby.

Winning the toss on an overcast morning, Yorkshire decided to bat first. Hampshire opened the bowling with their England PD squad spin bowler, Dan Reynaldo, who soon struck, bowling the opener Couchman for a duck with the total on five.

Gordon Laidlaw was then joined by Liam Thomas, both members of the England PD squad, but not even their prowess could not decrease Reynaldo’s grip on proceedings as they both fell to the spinner.

Sandwiched between those dismissals was the demise of Haydon Coventry off the bowling of Ashley Humber. At this stage Yorkshire’s decision to bat was not looking too good with the total 22 for four.

Things did not improve for Yorkshire as the wickets just kept coming. Opening bowler Ben Hyde completed a mean spell with figures of 2-13 from eight overs with Reynaldo finishing on 3-8 from six overs.

The only real resistance came from Jonny Ackroyd who finished undefeated on 36 as the Tykes were bowled out for 82.

Following the break, Hampshire, through Alex Hammond and Lee Jay, broke the back of the run chase.

After captain Ian Rogers fell lbw with the total on 21, Hammond and Jay put on a further 34 before the latter went for 19.

Humber joined Hammond and the two pushed the score to within a dozen of the required total, before Hammond was well caught for 37.

Some great hitting down the ground by Humber pushed Hampshire over the finishing line in just 14.3 overs.

Nadeen Nawaz took 2-16 for Yorkshire.