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Champions Hampshire continue to impress

Adam Wheater's rapid 70 and Sohail Tanvir's three wickets on his competition debut enabled champions Hampshire Royals to comfortably overcome Derbyshire Falcons' challenge at the Ageas Bowl.

In reply to Hampshire's formidable 277 for eight after being put in, Derbyshire could only muster an inadequate 231 for eight in stumbling to a 46-run defeat.

Hampshire, who won both limited-overs trophies last season, have now won five of their six matches in Group B of the YB40 and, at the halfway mark, are in a strong position to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Michael Carberry led the way when Hampshire batted with 53 before he was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Richard Johnson off David Wainwright.

When Neil McKenzie was spectacularly caught by the diving Mark Turner, Hampshire were 137 for five in the 26th over and in need of inspiration.

They got it from Wheater and Liam Dawson in a spectacular stand of 84 in nine overs for the sixth wicket.

That ended when Dawson edged Jonathan Clare to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, but Wheater went on to take 21 in an over from Turner, including two maximums, and also hit Clare for six on his way to his best score since joining Hampshire from Essex in the close season.

Wainwright bowled Wheater sweeping in the penultimate over but the damage had been done as inexperienced Derbyshire lost control.

Turner was punished for some short deliveries by conceding 75 from eight overs, although he also produced another brilliant catch to dismiss James Vince and ran out Jimmy Adams from backward point.

Derbyshire needed the best part of seven an over to stand any chance of winning and scored too slowly to seriously threaten Hampshire's dominance.

Paul Borrington and Chanderpaul put on 51 for the third wicket but both were out in successive deliveries - Chanderpaul run out by Adams - and Hampshire easily shut out their toiling opponents.

Wayne Madsen and top-scorer Dan Redfern, who made 53 from 48 balls, did their best to retaliate in a stand of 89 for the fifth wicket but it was not quick enough.

Brave Redfern was last out at 218, bowled by Sohail with only three overs left and Hampshire already celebrating victory.

Pakistan international Sohail dismissed opener Chesney Hughes in his second over and returned to get rid of Jonathan Clare and Redfern as Derbyshire tried to accelerate.

Sohail finished with 3-42 but Liam Dawson was the most economical of the bowlers, taking 2-32 from seven overs.

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