Big-hitting Maxwell stuns Essex
Glenn Maxwell produced another explosive innings to carry Hampshire to victory in their Friends Life t20 South Group clash against Essex at Chelmsford.
The 23-year-old Australian smashed an unbeaten 60 from just 24 deliveries as the visitors overhauled their opponents’ total of 176 for four with six wickets and 12 balls to spare.
Thirty came in one over from left-arm spinner Tim Phillips, the 17th of the innings. Maxwell smashed him for three sixes, all of which went out of the ground, and went on to to win the match with his fourth maximum, a mighty blow over midwicket off Graham Napier.
Keeping him company during the blitz, which also included six fours, was Simon Katich.
The Australian stroked the ball around in a more orthodox manner while scoring 42 from 38 balls and sharing in an unbroken stand of 83 in six overs.
Maxwell's explosion of shots came a few days after he struck a match-winning 66 from 32 balls in the victory over Kent and leaves Hampshire well on course for a quarter-final place.
Essex had looked set for a much bigger total as openers James Franklin and Mark Pettini tucked into the visitors' attack with a series of aggressive strokes.
They scored at around 10 an over during an opening stand of 83, which was brought to an end when spinner Liam Dawson had Pettini caught in the deep for 38.
His effort off 26 balls contained three sixes but it was Franklin who went on to play the starring role with an innings full of quality.
His 78 from a mere 49 deliveries, including five sixes and the same number of fours, ended when he drove Sean Ervine into the hands of James Vince at long-on.
James Foster predictably added momentum late on with a brisk unbeaten 30 from only 14 balls, striking two sixes in the final over of the innings sent down by Maxwell.
But as later events were to prove, Maxwell was to have the final word of the evening.