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Maxwell magic downs Lightning

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Glenn Maxwell scored a limited-overs career-best 146, his first Hampshire century, to carry the county to a resounding 148-run Royal London One-Day Cup win over Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Australia international, 25, hammered 22 fours and two sixes in a brutal 96-ball assault, which carried his side to a mammoth 360 for nine, a target Lancashire never looked like hunting down.

Their captain, Paul Horton, top-scored with 57 off 50 balls in 212 all out inside 38 overs.

This was a clash between two teams who had lost their opening Group A fixture on Saturday.

Lancashire, who lost the toss for the second match running, conceded 324 for seven against Yorkshire on the same pitch and Hampshire lost at Derbyshire having conceded 340 for five.

Hampshire’s innings saw a number of records fall. It was their highest 50-over total ever - their second best in all List A cricket - and the highest total by any team in all List A cricket at Old Trafford. It was also the highest total Lancashire have ever conceded.

Maxwell and third-wicket partner Will Smith, who hit 49, shared 179 in 22.2 overs, a Hampshire record for that wicket in List A matches against Lancashire, beating 129 shared between Robin Smith and David Gower at Southampton in 1991. 

Maxwell hit a quarter of his balls faced either to or over the boundary fence as he helped advance a score from 57 for two in the 11th over following the departures of James Vince and Jimmy Adams.

He went from 50 to 100 in 30 balls to bring up his ton off 75 and when he was caught at short cover off Wayne White with the score at 236 for three in the 33rd, he had topped his previous career best by one run.

Sean Ervine added 64 off 46 balls but he was one of five wickets to fall in the last six overs of the innings in search of quick runs.

Lancashire were not helped by losing new ball bowler Kabir Ali to a right shoulder injury after he had bowled only three overs and Karl Brown’s medium pace was employed for the first time since 2012 in county cricket.

Chris Wood bowled Usman Khawaja and had fellow opener Ashwell Prince caught off a top-edged pull to leave the Lightning 40 for two in the seventh over of their chase. And that was pretty much that.

Maxwell continued his impressive day with two catches at backward point to help left-arm seamer James Tomlinson get Brown and Steven Croft as the score slipped to 71 for four after 13.

Horton and Jordan Clark added 64 in 11 overs for the fifth wicket to give a sparse home crowd something to cheer but the latter was bowled by left-arm spinner Liam Dawson with 135 on the board in the 24th. 

And when Dawson bowled Horton three balls after he had reached his half-century, Lancashire were 150 for six. 

It was 186 for eight in the 33rd when White and Stephen Parry fell in quick succession to Danny Briggs and Matt Coles, the latter courtesy of another Maxwell catch at backward point.

Coles had Alex Davies caught at mid-on for 40 before Briggs had Ali caught at backward point in the 38th to wrap things up.

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple said: "It's not the start to the competition we would have liked. Bowling first on a very flat pitch on both days, we conceded too many runs if we're honest.

"When you get a strong player in like Maxwell, it's very difficult to defend. But we've released pressure too early on batters in the first 15 overs or so and let them build a foundation. Today, we probably conceded 50 or so too many.

"You just can't lose wickets when you need to score that many runs. We were keeping up with the run-rate but we were losing wickets too frequently.

"Maxwell's one of those players. If he stays in for any length of time, he's scoring big runs. We knew that.

"Our plan was to bowl as well as we could at him in the knowledge he will give you a chance. It just didn't quite come. He was nearly caught at short cover early on and I don't think he was under a run a ball until he was 30. From 30 to 100, it was rapid. He punished us big time in the middle of the innings."

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