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Katich helps Hampshire hit top spot

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Simon Katich guided Hampshire to a comfortable four-wicket Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Durham at the Ageas Bowl with a perfectly-judged half-century.

Australian left-hander Katich struck three sixes and a four in his 59 not out to see Hampshire home with 10 balls to spare and ensure they leapfroged Surrey into top spot in Group B.

Durham, put in on a slow wicket, mustered 200 for seven but that proved not enough as Kabir Ali gleaned the winning single off Mitchell Claydon in the penultimate over.

Gordon Muchall underpinned Durham's total with a brave and defiant 96 not out, coming in at 41 for three with his side finding it hard to get the better of a wet outfield.

Simon Katich

Australian left-hander Simon Katich's unbeaten 59 off 62 balls helped Hampshire leapfrog Surrey into top spot in Group B

Muchall struck five fours and two sixes in 99 balls, sharing an important stand of 83 for the fifth wicket with Dale Benkenstein, who made 31.

Paul Collingwood contributed 28 and it might have been more had he not been beaten by a throw from Jimmy Adams at extra cover when the Durham total was 59.

Kabir was the most successful of the Hampshire bowlers, taking 3-39; he removed opener Phil Mustard in his first spell and then returned to get rid of former Hampshire batsman Johann Myburgh and Gareth Breese.

When Hampshire responded, they were given a solid base by Adams and fellow opener James Vince, who put on 73 for the first wicket.

Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick ended the stand when he removed Adams for 33 and later caused concern in the Hampshire camp by coming back to dismiss Sean Ervine and Liam Dawson.

But, all the while, former Durham batsman Katich was in command. He twice hit Borthwick for six and did the same to Ben Stokes before finding the perfect ally in Dimitri Mascarenhas.

With 30 required off 29 balls at the fall of Dawson's wicket, Katich and Mascarenhas went on the offensive.

Mascarenhas lifted Borthwick for another maximum to take Hampshire in sight of victory before the leg-spinner got some measure of revenge by trapping the Hampshire captain lbw for 22.

The sixth-wicket pair had put on 28 in 15 balls and, with Hampshire now needing two runs, the rest was a formality.

Katich faced 62 balls and, for all his late punishment, Borthwick was the pick of the Durham bowlers in terms of wickets, finishing with 4-51 from his eight-over spell.

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