Royals clinch dramatic double
Hampshire won the season’s final piece of silverware in thrilling circumstances as they defeated Warwickshire with the last ball of the Clydesdale Bank 40 final to complete a domestic double.
Needing 245 to win their second trophy themselves - following success in the LV= County Championship - Ian Bell looked set to guide the Bears over the line, before he fell with three overs to spare.
Chris Woakes’ flurry of fours kept the Bears in touch, but, having lost more wickets, they needed a single off the last ball, and Neil Carter - playing his final match for the county - missed a Kabir Ali full toss to spark jubilant celebrations from the Royals.
Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton inserted Hampshire, yet the free-scoring Michael Carberry and James Vince looked as though they would make him rue that decision.
While the latter had looked restless before departing on 18, Carberry further underlined his credentials as one of the country’s finest opening batsmen.
The leading run-scorer in the CB40 motored along supremely with a selection of delightful shots, none more brutal than the maximum he lifted over long-on to bring up the fifty.
But he failed to pick Chris Wright’s slower ball and found Jeetan Patel at point to perish on 35 in what could have been the game’s turning point.
However, captain Jimmy Adams kept the scoreboard ticking along with an astute 66 and showed he could up the ante when required too, flexing his muscles by clipping Woakes for a six to bring up the hundred and end a barren spell without a boundary.
Once Adams dragged on off Woakes, Sean Ervine and Simon Katich were given a licence to thrill and the former picked up the mantle by opening up with a series of marvellous strokes through point.
Ervine was unable to see out the job, though, departing on 57 as Hampshire finished on 244 for five, the highest total in a CB40 final.
Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy started brightly in reply by recording the highest opening stand at this stage of the competition; their 53 bettering Carberry and Vince’s alliance from earlier in the day.
Both departed without really pushing on, and that heralded the arrival of dangerman Bell, who displayed plenty of patience as he set out his stall to occupy the crease for the remainder of the innings.
Tim Ambrose and Troughton fell in successive overs as Hampshire looked to wrestle back the initiative, but it was Bell, dropped by Kabir prior to reaching his fifty, who continued to put on a one-day masterclass.
It seemed set for a grandstand finale whatever the outcome but the Friends Life t20 champions were galvanised when Bell perished 19 shy of three figures by finding Carberry on the square-leg boundary off the bowling of David Griffiths.
Woakes found his rhythm quickly, however, and successive fours put Warwickshire in the driving seat, even after Ian Blackwell’s stay at the crease was ended by Kabir.
New batsman Carter and Woakes needed seven from Kabir’s final over and it seemed fate would side with Carter, who set himself up for a fitting sign-off from the penultimate ball by crashing a four to tie the scores. But, as Lord’s held its breath, he was unable to make any contact with a full toss as Hampshire secured the most dramatic of victories.
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5:33pm - END OF INNINGS; War 244/8 - HAMPSHIRE WIN BY LOSING FEWER WICKETS - Woakes looks to sweep and Hampshire are screaming for an lbw. He connected with the bat, though, and darts through for a single while the Royals protest. That brings Neil Carter on strike and it’s four! Carter drives through mid-off to reach the boundary. Last ball it is then and he needs at least a single otherwise Hampshire win having lost fewer wickets. And he’s missed the full toss. Incredible last-ball drama!
5:25pm - WICKET! Blackwell b Kabir 2; War 240/7 - Blackwell’s indecision nearly costs him but McKenzie’s sprawled out on the ground and can’t hit the stumps. He resumes strike following a Woakes single and he’s gone, bowled through the gate by Kabir. So it’s five needed from three. Stand by for some fireworks.
5:21pm - Wood’s been the pick of Hampshire’s attack and he shows just why once more with a lively concoction of pace and bounce which Woakes cannot get away. The Bears duo then scamper through for a couple with Blackwell just beating Carberry’s throw. Bates cries for a stumping again but is denied. A pair of singles are no good to Warwickshire now, but a flicked four off Woakes’ pads is just what the doctor ordered. And he’s found the rope again, edging a full toss over gully.
5:15pm - It’ll be decided by Warwickshire’s two newcomers then, and Woakes, whose innings is only slightly less embryonic than Ian Blackwell’s, bends down to clip a four over point. He responds after a dot ball with two more to keep the strike. There’s no run of Ervine’s next delivery but Woakes hits back down the ground for a single. Twenty needed off just 12.
5:11pm - WICKET! Bell c Carberry b Griffiths 81; War 218/6 - Bell wants to hog the strike and who can blame him? The two from the first ball are important because it allows him to lift over backward point for a four and he follows that up with a swipe past fine leg to add another boundary. Woakes takes his guard as the circle closes in to stop a single, unsuccessfully. But Bell is gone next ball as Carberry brings Lord’s to its feet by clinging on at deep square-leg.
5:05pm - Bell remains, however, and Kabir’s full toss gets a predictable response – four more off his toes. He follows that up with another four, this time past Vince at deep midwicket to bring up 200. Chris Woakes has little time to find his feet and Bell knows this more than most but even he acknowledges that single wasn’t on as he turns back. Kabir can’t end the set on a high either as Woakes lifts through the slips to make it 13 off the over.
4:59pm - WICKET! Clarke b Wood 24; War 193/5 - Clarke aims to crack another one into his favoured region of square-leg and, although he is left swinging at air, he has the presence of mind to slide his bat back across the line before the bails come off. This is an excellent spell from Wood as the game meanders towards its conclusion, though. And, as Clarke goes for the big heave again, the left-arm paceman gets his reward by clipping the top of off stump.
4:46pm - Kabir yields a series of singles, but that is broken with a premeditated blast over square-leg by Clarke from his last ball to give Warwickshire another maximum.
4:40pm - FIFTY! (Bell 61b 4x4 1x6) - A cry of catch goes up as Bell chips in Vince’s direction. Thankfully for Bears supporters it drops just short. Griffiths beats the England man’s outside edge with the next delivery he faces. Two leg byes leave Bell still waiting for his half-century but, in typical fashion, he guides down to third man to bring it up.
4:36pm - While that may have been a difficult chance for Kabir, he and his team-mates will know Bell’s demise could be the key here. As if to remind them of that very fact he finds the gap between fine-leg and square-leg with precision for another four.
4:30pm - DROPPED CATCH! - Carberry’s afternoon with the willow may have been ended a bit prematurely for those of us who enjoy watching him bat, but he’s just displayed his usefulness in the field by scurrying across to mid-on and diving to claw Rikki Clarke’s drive back from the rope to save a run. Unfortunately it doesn’t inspire Kabir to come in quickly enough from deep fine-leg and hold onto Bell’s chip moments later.
4:24pm - WICKET! Troughton c Adams b Ervine 5; War 144/4 - A single gets Warwickshire’s captain off the mark and his first four follows shortly afterwards, but just as he looks to settle into his stride, he’s gone! Attempting to drive Ervine, he’s left looking to the sky as his fellow skipper Adams holds on at midwicket.
4:21pm - WICKET! Ambrose c Bates b Wood 26; War 137/3; - Wood strikes again with one which straightens and bounces more than Ambrose anticipated and he knicks it through to Bates behind. That heralds the arrival of the veteran Jim Troughton. The duo at the crease now were the only two of Warwickshire current squad present when Hampshire triumphed in 2005. Troughton has his heart in his mouth as he glances behind after inside edging Wood’s last ball into the ground.
4:16pm - Bell’s just been waiting for the right moment and he hammers Katich over the ropes at deep midwicket to force Adams into a reshuffle. Ambrose plays with fire by seeking out James Vince at mid-off and then trying for a single. That would have been interesting had he hit directly.
4:08pm - The game could swing either way in the next few overs and Warwickshire will hope Bell is still out there for some time to come. Dawson thinks he has plotted his downfall, though, by getting one to turn sharply and Michael Bates knocks off the bails, only for the video replay to show Bell was back behind the line in time.
4:05pm - Griffiths lets one go too late and Bell’s able to chip him past mid-on for another four. And while Ambrose may be small, Michael Carberry isn’t quite tall enough as Warwickshire’s wicketkeeper-batsman lands a Simon Katich delivery over his head before the ball takes once bounce and goes for four. Ambrose survives an optimistic appeal from Katich before smashing him square for another fourth.
3:54pm - Dawson has a spring in his step since snaring Maddy and jogs across to midwicket to stop Bell making any more than a single. It does bring up the hundred, however, with this one now intriguingly poised.
3:45pm - WICKET! Maddy c Wood b Dawson 35; War 89/2 - Maddy’s time occupying the middle ceases with Dawson’s second ball and he’ll be thoroughly frustrated by that shot. The spinner’s delivery is short and inviting but there are three men out on the leg-side boundary for exactly that reason, and Maddy cannot get hold of his shot, merely finding the hands of Wood at deep forward square-leg.
3:42pm - Maddy proves timing is everything as he waits for Dawson’s delivery to come onto his bat before racing the ball through point for four. Bell’s happy to remain in first gear while his partner’s playing shots like that. He coaxes Griffiths into firing one wide by inching forward.
3:35pm - Dawson claims the ball once more and this innings is starting to eerily mirror Hampshire’s in the way that Bell and Maddy carve through the gaps for singles, just as Adams and Neil McKenzie did earlier. Bell opts for aggression against Griffiths but he can’t quite time his thumping hook.
3:28pm - Bell just looks so at home out there as he records successive fours. The second boundary brings the press box together in collective approval as he tip-toes down the ground before dispatching Ervine to long-on. David Griffiths comes into the Hampshire attack and concedes a pair of singles before Maddy takes the aerial route to dart through and retain the strike.
3:18pm - WICKET! Chopra c Adams b Wood 26; War 53/1 - Just as I start preparing the eulogies for Chopra he miscues a Wood delivery straight to Jimmy Adams at midwicket, who lurches forward to take the catch. Here comes Bell, though, and if anyone is going to see Warwickshire past this total, it’s surely their number three.
3:14pm - Maddy strokes the first delivery of the second powerplay to the square-leg boundary for four. Sean Ervine gets the nod to replace Kabir and he’s not able to transfer his form with the bat. He oversteps the line as Chopra runs a single to bring up the 50. Hampshire breathe a sigh of relief as Maddy can only add one from the free hit.
3:06pm - Kabir again turns to Illingworth when Chopra takes a couple of strides forward before the ball licks his pads. He’s unlikely to get that decision given how far down the wicket the Bears opener was and, indeed, the umpire simply awards a leg bye. The end of the first powerplay sees Warwickshire going along nicely at 41 without loss.
2:58pm - Too short from Kabir and Chopra gives it the treatment by nonchalantly flicking it over the ropes through the fine-leg region for Warwickshire’s first maximum. The seamer finds a better length to have Maddy stumbling over as the ball crashes into his pads. It appeared to be going down leg, however, and umpire Richard Illingworth agreed.
2:53pm - Chopra continues to find fortune backward of square with a couple of singles off Kabir before he twice sends Darren Maddy back as he looks to rotate the strike. The Dawson experiment comes to a close as Chris Wood adopts the Pavilion End. Maddy looks to hook him away off his midriff and succeeds on neither occasion. He does enjoy more success by guiding him down past Kabir at third-man for a four.
2:43pm - Kabir Ali’s steady seam is the weapon of choice for Hampshire at the other end. His line is awry when he slides one down the leg-side and nobody expects the next ball to lift off the surface as Chopra runs through for a bye.
2:38pm - Danny Briggs opened the bowling for England on Wednesday and his spinning club-mate Liam Dawson is asked to do likewise here. It proves costly, though, as Varun Chopra paddles him down to fine-leg for the innings’ first four.
2:05pm - END OF INNINGS; Ham 244/5 - Carter ends strongly, yielding just the four singles from the final over. Warwickshire will need Bell and Varun Chopra, who struck a century in the semi-final, to be on song early in their reply.
2:00pm - WICKET! Ervine c Ambrose b Maddy 57; Ham 240/5 - Katich is playing with plenty of verve too. And he just punches his bat at a Maddy delivery outside off-stump to add another four. But Ervine’s fine knock is over shortly afterwards as he can only finely cut a quicker ball into Ambrose’s gloves; you feel he’s already done the damage.
1:55pm - FIFTY! (Ervine 50b 6x4 1x6) - Ervine joins Adams in making a half-century by blasting Carter over the covers for four before he offers himself some space to repeat the outcome and clubs to mid-on.
1:49pm - Clever, clever shot from Ervine as he waits for Woakes’ ball to arrive at him before guiding to third man for four. Patel has to race around to stop him making it successive boundaries but he brings up the 200 with the next delivery. Five overs to come.
1:45pm - Ervine moves his right foot again to allow him to take a huge swipe at Maddy. There are fielders out on the leg-side fence but they can only watch the ball disappear over their heads. These two will look to kick on even more during this third powerplay now.
1:41pm - Simon Katich takes just two balls to find the fence. Carter tries to counter his shuffle across but the Royals’ batsman gets enough on a top edge to send it looping over Ambrose’s head. There’s a touch more class about his next four that pierces the mid-on region for back-to-back boundaries. Katich has clearly been given a licence to thrill as he looks to heave Carter to the same spot, only for his hand to fly off the handle.
1:35pm - WICKET! Adams b Woakes 66; Ham 171/4 - From the same end where Woakes toiled against Carberry a few hours ago, Adams hammers him down to fine-leg for four. But his time at the crease comes to an abrupt end when he fails to move his feet and drags a wide delivery onto his stumps. That’s a big breakthrough for the Bears.
1:31pm - Ervine has decided he won’t bide his time any longer as he opens up to smash Patel through wide long-on for his first four off his 25th ball faced. He plants his front forward again and almost drops the shot right into a fielder at deep midwicket. Wright's left grasping air, though, as the ball takes one bounce before crashing into the advertising hoardings.
1:24pm - Superb athletic fielding from Bell at midwicket keeps an Ervine cut down to just a single. It does bring up the 150, however, from just 155 balls. But Adams’ race is almost run as he swings and misses at Maddy only for his trailing leg to just get back behind the line before Tim Ambrose knocks off the bails. The video replay confirms Adams lives on.
1:18pm - Blackwell’s spell with the ball is over and he is obviously less content in the field, allowing Adams to scamper through for two off Darren Maddy thanks to his misfield.
1:08pm – FIFTY! (Adams 49b 3x4 1x6) - Sean Ervine, rather than Liam Dawson or Simon Katich, arrives to partner Adams. It was Ervine who struck a match-winning century when these two met seven years ago. Troughton sends his men deep as Adam returns on strike, but there’s nobody at fine leg which is where he collects the two runs he needs for his half-century.
1:02pm - WICKET! McKenzie b Blackwell 19; War 127/3 - Warwickshire have their third wicket as McKenzie plays across the line trying to plunder Blackwell through the leg-side. The ball catches the bottom of the the South African’s bat and disturbs the bails.
1:00pm - Patel is still proving difficult to score off as McKenzie is sent back trying to scurry through for a single. But Adams changes his attack by reverse-sweeping him and it proves fruitful as it reaches the rope.
12:57pm - McKenzie abandons his patient approach by flicking Blackwell off his legs for four before dancing down the pitch to collect another boundary. And, while they may have gone about their business quietly, this partnership is beginning to gather steam too, as it passes the half-century mark in becoming the highest third-wicket stand at this stage of the competition.
12:50pm - Patel sends down a tight set of six meaning Adams merely dabs away the majority of them. Blackwell’s arrival ensures it’s spin from both ends and Hampshire's skipper is fortunate his big heave just beats the flying Ian Bell at cover-point.
12:43pm - The pressure is mounting slightly for Hampshire given they haven’t found the rope in the previous four overs. Successive dot balls from Woakes only serves to build that tension but Adams has had enough, he shuffles across his stumps before clipping a fuller ball off his toes for six. That brings up the hundred inside 17 overs.
12:39pm - Woakes will perhaps be the most relieved to see the back of Carberry and he returns to the attack with a change of ends. Warwickshire’s fielders are now pushed back to the fence so Adams and McKenize continue to find the singles. It is like-for-like as spinner Patel, who has played a part in both wickets, comes on for Blackwell. McKenzie survives a half-hearted lbw decision in an otherwise drama-free spell.
12:32pm - Adams and McKenzie have plenty of time to play themselves in here as the opening two laid the foundations with a blistering stand. It’s now 13 balls since Hampshire recorded a boundary but the wily duo are picking out the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
12:23pm - It’s a case of help yourself as Blackwell drags a delivery down which Neil McKenzie duly dispatches to the leg-side fence to get off the mark. Just 18 runs came from the second powerplay, though, and, even more importantly for Warwickshire, Carberry is back watching events unfold from the pavilion.
12:18pm - WICKET! Carberry c Patel b Wright 35; Ham 70/2 - Wright continues to prove effective from the Pavilion End and claims the key scalp of Carberry. A shorter, slower ball rears up more than the opener expected and he simply loops the ball to Patel at point. Carberry initially stands his ground before trudging off upon seeing the replay with the ball clearly carrying to Patel’s hands.
12:15pm - Chris Wright replaces Carter and stops the bleeding somewhat with a frugal set of six as Carberry and Adams collect just three. Adams finds the boundary rope for the first time when he swivels to sweep Blackwell down to fine-leg.
12:06pm - After Woakes’ poor over last time out, Troughton turns to Ian Blackwell, not that Carberry cares who is sending them down when he's in this form. He launches a six over the mid-off region to bring up the 50. New batsman Jimmy Adams is almost sent back off just his second ball as he inside edges Blackwell with the ball just dropping in front of the leg slip.
11:59am - WICKET! Vince c Patel b Carter 18; Ham 48/1 - It’s not pretty but it’s effective from Vince as he strides down the track before edging one over gully for four. He adopts the daring attitude once more from the next ball but this one ends up where he intended, past mid-on. However, his luck runs out as he holes out to Jeetan Patel on the square-leg fence to end the most productive opening partnership in CB40 final history.
11:54am - Hampshire’s dangerman is starting to warm-up and Woakes is the one to feel the heat. Carberry heaves the game’s first maximum over deep midwicket off the bowler’s first delivery before finding the fence straight and then square off consecutive deliveries to ensure the Royals help themselves to a 14-run over.
11:50am - It’s successive fours for the Royals as Carberry plays straight to Carter’s first ball and that runs to the fence on this outfield, despite the presence of two chasing Bears fielders. Vince is growing in confidence too, which is demonstrated as he strokes another one to the rope through mid-off.
11:46am - A better set of six from the Pavilion End for Carter this time with Carberry failing to cash in with a pull off his only stray ball. Woakes continues to find a good length which forces Vince to stride forward and attempt to force the issue as he flashes down to third man. However, Woakes pushes one a little too full and Vince finishes the over by recording his first boundary through point.
11:38am - All-rounder Chris Woakes will partner Carter in attack. There’s plenty of zip on this wicket, justifying Jim Troughton’s decision to put Hampshire in. Woakes beats Vince, who looks somewhat uneasy, for pace in an economical over which yields just two.
11:33am - Neil Carter is the first to let rip with the white ball and it’s an unglamorous beginning from the seamer as he fires a wide down the leg side. He tightens up, though, and almost finds a way between James Vince’s bat and pad. Michael Carberry steps across to record the game’s first four from the penultimate ball, stroking the ball through cover.
11:28am - Incidentally, Warwickshire also won the toss and opted to insert Hampshire in the 2005 C&G Trophy final between these two sides. Both Bell and Troughton were present when the Royals won that afternoon and they will be hoping that’s exactly where the comparisons end.
11:20am - Lord's is starting to fill up nicely with play just 10 minutes away. Here are the teams in full.
Hampshire: Michael Carberry, James Vince, Jimmy Adams, Simon Katich, Neil McKenzie, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, Michael Bates, Chris Wood, Kabir Ali, David Griffiths
Warwickshire: Varun Chopra, Ian Bell, Jim Troughton, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Tim Ambrose, Chris Woakes, Ian Blackwell, Neil Carter, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright
11:15am - Hampshire’s success in the FLt20 owed much to the bowling heroics of Dimitri Mascarenhas, who played that day in Cardiff despite ripping a muscle in his shoulder. That injury sidelines him today, much to the dismay of the Royals.
11:05pm – WARWICKSHIRE WIN THE TOSS AND FIELD Troughton enjoys the day’s first slice of luck and he’ll let his bowlers have a go at the in-form duo of Carberry and James Vince first up. Both teams make two changes from their semi-final line-ups. The Edgbaston outfit will be inspired by the return of England’s Ian Bell for Will Porterfield at the top of the order while off-spinner Jeetan Patel replaces Paul Best. Hampshire are buoyed by Neil McKenzie’s return from South Africa; he replaces Bilal Shafayat, but Danny Briggs is in Sri Lanka preparing for England’s World Twenty20 defence, so Kabir Ali comes in.
10:50am - The Bears, meanwhile, will be conscious that the Royals have had the edge over them in these crucial contests in recent times. Hampshire were already relegated when they denied Warwickshire the County Championship title last year, and they defeated the same opponent in the final of this competition in 2005, too. Despite those recent setbacks, captain Jim Troughton insists revenge will not be the chief motivator for his Warwickshire side.
10:45am - Limited-overs masters Hampshire are out to claim a clean sweep of the one-day honours to soothe the blow of missing out on County Championship promotion following last year’s relegation. Their star man in this competition has been Michael Carberry, who has bludgeoned 563 runs in just eight CB40 innings to accrue an average of 94 and he is keen to put on another big performance in the showpiece event today.
10:40am - After presiding over the controls during the rain-affected England v South Africa clash at Old Trafford on Monday, I’m delighted to say that there is virtually no chance of the elements disrupting proceedings today. The home of cricket is basking in the glory of the mid-morning sun and there are no white clouds cast across the azure sky.
10:30am - Good morning and welcome to Lord’s for the 2012 domestic season’s last hurrah. There’s just one piece of county cricket’s silverware to be decided and both Hampshire and Warwickshire will be hoping to clinch their own double here in London this afternoon. In one corner it’s the Friends Life t20 champions, Hampshire, and in the other it’s the LV= County Championship Division One victors Warwickshire.