Powell heroics in vain
Michael Powell's first limited-overs hundred proved in vain as opener Michael Carberry gave Hampshire Hawks the impetus for a nervy four-wicket Friends Provident Trophy victory over Glamorgan Dragons at Cardiff.
Carberry set the pace in a first-wicket stand of 96, though, like their opponents before them, Hampshire lost their way with the bat, they had enough in reserve to reach a target of 229 for five.
After Carberry had become the second Hampshire left-hander to be bowled round his legs by off-spinner Jamie Dalrymple, the visitors chipped in sufficiently down the order to get home with almost two overs to spare.
The Hawks retain an outside chance of reaching the quarter-finals, while Glamorgan must now win all their games and hope other results contrive to allow them an unlikely passage through.
Glamorgan's innings was notable for Powell's maiden hundred after a decade of trying.
It also fell flat after the number three's second-wicket stand of 145 in 32 overs with Matthew Wood.
Thirty-one-year-old Powell (114 not out) was succeeding at the 174th attempt in List A matches.
But Glamorgan failed to cash in as a rush of 4-17 undermined the platform they had built. The Welshmen mustered only 52 runs in the last ten overs.
In reply, Carberry delighted in a pitch of even pace and bounce to produce some memorable driving through the off-side against the new ball.
Hampshire's England Lions opener blazed past his 50 from only 46 balls, having hit nine fours.
His opening partner Michael Lumb is no slouch but was required only to play a support role, until he was bowled by medium-pacer Ryan Watkins – the first of two wickets for one run in successive overs.
When Sean Ervine was then Dalrymple's first victim, Hampshire needed Carberry to consolidate.
Even after being dropped at slip off Dalrymple by David Hemp, Carberry could not see the job through – leaving the likes of Chris Benham, Greg Lamb and finally the in-form Michael Brown and Jimmy Adams to do so.
The Glamorgan innings had earlier seen captain Hemp go after a wide one from his opposite number Dimitri Mascarenhas and edge behind in the fifth over.
Powell joined Wood (64) and soon esablished a handy tempo on his way to a chanceless 129-ball hundred which contained eight fours and a six.
Wood also needed no help from the field, apart from on 20 when he was grateful for a slightly wayward throw from his ex-Yorkshire team-mate Lumb at short third-man which allowed him to regain his ground as he retreated from an unwise single.
Powell struck the ball particularly well down the ground, and a Hampshire attack shorn of the injured Chris Tremlett and Shane Bond and the rested James Tomlinson looked there for the taking at 164 for one in the 37th over.
Instead, with Powell understandably determined to reach three figures at last, there was little or no support from the middle order.
Once Wood was gone, thick-edging an attempted drive at Ervine down to third man, three batsmen came and went for seven runs between them.
Tom Maynard appeared intent on smashing most balls out of the ground but never managed to middle any of them, before losing his off bail to Mascarenhas as he aimed high again.
Dalrymple pulled David Griffiths into the hands of midwicket without scoring, and Ben Wright's pick-up shot off Ervine went straight to the leg-side man in the deep.
It was left to Mark Wallace to provide Powell with the help he deserved, although even he might have gone cheaply had Ervine held an awkward semi-skier at midwicket.
In the final analysis, it transpired neither Wallace nor even Powell had done quite enough.