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Middlesex stay in last-eight race

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Jimmy Adams is caught behind cheaply at the start of a disastrous evening for Hampshire Royals' quarter-final chances

Tom Smith and David Warner led Middlesex Panthers to a crushing eight-wicket win over Hampshire Royals in their Friends Provident t20 match at the Rose Bowl.

Smith took three wickets, held a catch and also ran out Hampshire captain Dominic Cork as the hosts were bowled out for 99 in 17.5 overs, while Warner blazed a rapid 43 to make the result a formality.

Middlesex breezed for 100 for two to win with 34 balls to spare and set up an intriguing last day in the race for the final quarter-final place in the South Group.

Hampshire made a bright start after winning the toss, despite the early loss of the prolific Jimmy Adams.

But from the moment James Vince was bowled by Tyron Henderson at 43 in the seventh over, Hampshire fell away, losing their last nine wickets for 56.

Only Michael Carberry stood in Middlesex's way with an aggressive 34 which included two sixes and three fours.

Henderson had Carberry leg before and Hampshire rapidly slowed down with Smith making most of the damage caused by Henderson's spell.

The left-arm spinner dismissed Neil McKenzie, Abdul Razzaq and Nic Pothas to end with three for 26 from his four overs.

Henderson and Neil Dexter each took two wickets as Hampshire subsided to a total which was never going to trouble Middlesex.

Dexter and Warner made sure of the two points with an opening stand of 57 before Dexter, the minor partner in the opening stand, was dismissed.

Warner smashed seven fours in his 43 but there was hope for Hampshire when he drove his countryman Dan Christian to Razzaq in the ninth over with the score on 60.

But Middlesex steadied when Owais Shah and Dawid Malan came together in a stand of 40 for the third wicket in 5.5 overs.

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