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Hampshire progress to quarter-finals in dramatic style

Sunday Vitality Blast round-up

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Hampshire progress to quarter-finals in dramatic style

D'Archy Short hits rapid half-century as Hampshire Hawks progress

South Group
Essex Eagles 160/9 lost to Middlesex 169/5 by 9 runs
Hampshire Hawks 187/4 beat Glamorgan 184/4 by 6 wickets
Kent Spitfires 130/7 lost to Sussex Sharks 134/6 by 4 wickets
Somerset 183/6 beat Gloucestershire 160/6 by 23 runs

North Group
Birmingham Bears 191/6 beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 177/8 by 14 runs
Notts Outlaws 221/4 beat Durham 143 by 78 runs
Leicestershire Foxes 171/3 beat Worcestershire Rapids 169/6 by 7 wickets


After a sluggish start to their Vitality Blast campaign, Hampshire Hawks lit up the competition in recent weeks, in no small part because of D'Archy Short's performances at the top of the order alongside James Vince. Against Glmaorgan, knowing they needed to reach the target of 185 inside 14 overs, the pair launched an onslaught, Short brutally bashing the ball to all parts, before Joe Weatherly saw them home with a brilliant unbeaten 43 from 13 balls. But they had to wait for results elsewhere to learn if they would progress to the knockouts.


In what proved to be one of the best batting displays of the summer, Tom Lammonby, coming in at six, revealed his full repertoire of shots, deploying a 360 attack as he smited 90 off 36 balls. Gloucestershire had Somerset against the ropes at 89/4 in the 13th over, but Lammonby struck back in style. A tight bowling showing followed as Somerset set about securing a home quarter-final, and in the process helping Hampshire Hawks finish in the top four in the South Group.


Another match, another defining innings, this time from the hands of Josh Inglis, whose phenomenal unbeaten century clinched Leicestereshire Foxes an impressive win at home to Worcestershire Rapids. Unfurling an array of massive sixes, Inglis inflicted a defeat on Worcestershire that meant they wouldn't reach the final eight.


That handed a place in the quarter-finals to Birmingham Bears, after they beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks by 14 runs. Their victory was built on the back of a brilliant debut half-century by Chris Benjamin, mixing reverse sweeps with powerful hits down the ground.


And the quarter-finalists are...

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