Vince and Carberry slay Dragons
James Vince and Michael Carberry struck half-centuries in an opening stand of 142 as Hampshire defeated the Welsh Dragons by 48 runs with the aid of Duckworth/Lewis in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B.
The Dragons made 173 for seven from their 34 overs in a rain-reduced contest and Hampshire were well on their way to their target at 151 for two when rain washed out any hope of a conventional finish.
The visitors' former England paceman Simon Jones endured a miserable return to the Ageas Bowl where he spent the last two injury-ruined years.
He conceded a costly 54 from five overs with both openers cashing in on some short deliveries, Vince twice hitting him for two fours in an over and Carberry no less punishing.
Kabir Ali, another ex-England international, was the most successful of the hosts’ bowlers when the Dragons captain Mark Wallace chose to bat first after a delayed start.
The Dragons made a promising start with openers Gareth Rees and Stewart Walters putting on 48 in 11 overs and then the latter and Nick James contriving the best partnership of the innings, 79 for the fourth wicket.
But Kabir bowled Walters for a fluent 68, which included six fours and a maximum from 89 balls, and then had James caught in the deep for 37.
Kabir finished with figures of 3-44 and there was a wicket each for spinners Danny Briggs and Liam Dawson as the Dragons failed to accelerate at the death.
Vince and Carberry made light of their task with a first-wicket partnership that took only 22.2 overs to put together and the result was never in doubt.
With victory in sight and the clouds gathering, Carberry tried one aggressive shot too many and lofted Alex Jones to namesake Simon at long-on.
Carberry’s 60 came off 65 balls, including five fours and two sixes, but he was overshadowed by Vince.
Vince was on his way to a deserved century when he edged Will Owen to wicketkeeper Wallace on 83.
Vince’s innings was compiled over 78 deliveries in which he hit 11 fours and a six but, with Hampshire needing a further 23 from 10.1 overs, the rain returned before Sean Ervine could face a ball.