Ervine and Riazuddin give Hampshire win
Sean Ervine’s 75 laid the platform for Hamza Riazuddin to hit the winning runs as Hampshire overcame Glamorgan with a ball to spare in their LV= County Championship clash.
Riazuddin held his nerve as the match came down to the visitors needing two runs from as many balls at the SWALEC Stadium.
But much of the credit for their success had to go to Ervine, who navigated his side into a winning position via a 92-ball stay, before perishing 13 from the end.
Hampshire won by two wickets to take 19 points from the match, while Glamorgan gained three.
It was the hosts’ third straight defeat, which leaves them firmly rooted to the bottom of the Division Two table.
Play did not resume on the fourth day until 4:15pm due to persistent showers throughout the morning and afternoon sessions.
Eventually, though, the weather relented enough to allow sufficient overs to be bowled, with Hampshire resuming on 112 for four in pursuit of 204.
With the ninth ball after the restart, Huw Waters trapped Michael Bates leg before to leave Hampshire 112 for five.
But, just as Michael Carberry - batting with a runner due to a groin problem - arrived on the outfield, he had to come off as more rain arrived.
After another loss of 10 overs, play resumed at 5pm with Hampshire needing 92 from 16.3 overs.
Carberry, battling against his injury, cut Jim Allenby for two fours, only to be bowled behind his legs by Waters soon after.
But Hampshire still had hope of knocking off the runs while Ervine, who reached his half-century from 67 balls with seven fours, was there.
It was Chris Wood who really gave the chase impetus; his third four left the visitors needing just 40 from eight overs.
Wood was then brilliantly caught by Will Bragg on the long-leg boundary off Graham Wagg to leave Hampshire still needing 31 from 32 deliveries.
But the pressure was taken off the visitors’ chase when Ervine struck Moises Henriques for three successive fours, which included a fortuitous inside edge through fine-leg.
There was more drama as wicketkeeper Mark Wallace took a steepling catch to remove the dangerman, but Riazuddin and Danny Briggs held their nerve to knock off the remaining 14 runs from 13 balls.