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Glamorgan secure first Ageas Bowl win

Glamorgan claimed their first Twenty20 win at the Ageas Bowl as they upset Hampshire by 10 runs in their NatWest T20 Blast opener.

The visitors posted 161 for seven, with several batsmen getting starts, but it was 25-year-old Welshman Will Owen who played the decisive role with 3-32.

Hampshire are a perennial fixture at finals day, but they were therefore forced to begin the new campaign with defeat as they were restricted to 151 for six. 

Hampshire won the toss and put Glamorgan in to bat with Jim Allenby hitting the first ball of the campaign behind square for a four. 

Jacques Rudolph then dispatched Matt Coles for three consecutive boundaries before Hampshire turned to the spin of Danny Briggs and the decision brought quick results as Allenby was stumped by Michael Bates for 15.

The combination of the ever-reliable Briggs, who bagged 3-26, and Bates produced results again as Rudolph was stumped for 34 off 21 balls and Mark Wallace was next to go for 33 as Liam Dawson took an impressive catch off Will Smith on the midwicket boundary.

Six balls later Murray Goodwin was gone for 14 with the veteran caught by Kyle Abbott off Dawson and Ben Wright followed for eight as Dawson took a second catch of the evening off Coles.

Jimmy Adams pouched Chris Cooke (20) at long-on as Briggs took his third wicket. Ruaidhri Smith had his leg stump removed by Coles for just two in the final over to leave Hampshire a testing total. 

Michael Carberry, called up to the England limited-overs squads earlier in the week, was first to go in reply with Owen bowling the opener for four.

Adams was then caught by Cooke as Owen got his second wicket and Carberry was soon back on the field as a runner for Dawson, who had a leg injury. 

Dawson was forced to retire hurt soon after, though, bringing Sean Ervine to the crease but skipper James Vince was next to fall, stumped by Wallace off Andrew Salter for 38.

Hampshire slipped off the pace due to tight bowling, especially from Allenby, before Coles began to clear the rope, leaving Hampshire hope with 51 needed off the last five overs.

Ervine hit three consecutive boundaries but was bowled by Owen and when Smith was run out, the writing was on the wall.

Coles supplied some late hitting in his 42 but it was too late before he was bowled by Graham Wagg with the penultimate ball.

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