• Royal London One-Day Cup 4m

    How The Royal London One-Day Cup Final was won

    The major talking points from Lord's as Hampshire take the RLODC title

    Relive the story of the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord's as Hampshire beat Kent by 61 runs...

    SCORECARD: Kent Hampshire


    Under glorious skies at the Home of Cricket, Sam Billings wins the toss and elects to field first and half an hour later Rilee Rossouw and Tom Alsop head out to open the batting for Hampshire as 20,500 people wait expectantly in the stands...


    A penny for Billings' thoughts as the left-handed pair of Alsop and Rossouw warm to their task - not hard as the mercury pushes beyond 26 degrees. By moving past 125 for no loss, they record the highest opening stand in the Lord's final since 1999. Alsop also becomes the youngest Hampshire batsman to record a half century in the final, beating Sean Ervine's mark from 2005. Rossouw isn't far behind in chalking up his half ton.

    1237pm - THAT'S AL-SOP FOLKS!

    Kent make their first breakthrough as Alsop charges down the track to Imran Qayyum, leaving Billings with an easy task or removing the bails. And just as it looked like James Vince was getting into his stride, he holes out at long on when trying to biff the left arm spinner over the ropes. Hampshire are 193/2 after 30.1 overs.

    1327pm - A LOVE GONE COLD

    Sam Northeast strides to the crease to a chorus of boos from the Kent faithful, still bitter that he left them to shuffle 128 miles along the south coast and join Hampshire. But he reminds them what a good player he is by keeping his head as a flurry of wickets fall at the other end - Rossouw, Dawson, McManus, Weatherley and Berg - to smash an unbeaten 75 that included two hefty sixes, and a delightful scoop to finish the innings and get his side to 330/7. 

    1515pm - Heino Kuhn and Daniel Bell-Drummond stride out to the crease to attempt to clinch Kent's first domestic white ball title in over a decade..

    1552pm - HURDLING THE BERG

    A steady start from Kent's openers was undone by a risky run into the offside, as Kuhn nudged one into the path of Gareth Berg and called his partner through. But in a South African on South African duel, it was the ice-cool Berg that won, picking up cleanly and hitting the stumps from close range, but a very narrow angle. He got a bat in his ribs and a knee in the head for his troubles. Kent 55/1.

    1636pm - STRAIGHT TO DBD

    Joe Denly joined Bell-Drummond at the crease but could only muster 12, as he top-edged Gareth Berg to mid on where James Vince slid in to take the catch. Sean Dickson was next up and helped Bell-Drummond to push Kent past the 100-mark, the opener soon completing his fourth half-century of the 2018 RLODC.


    A treble blow for Kent as the run rate climbs towards the 10-an over notch. First Sean Dickson unleashes a huge swipe off Mason Crane, only succeeding in skying the ball into the gleeful buckets of Rilee Rossouw. Next, the main man - DBD - is forced to chop onto his stumps by Chris Wood, and after depositing one big six into the crowd, the brute force of nature that is Alex Blake is run out by a brilliant shy from that man Crane. Kent are 190/5 in the 37th and Hampshire tighten their grip on the trophy.


    Enter one of the world's greatest ever bowlers. After the dangerous Darren Stevens holes out to Joe Weatherley off the bowling of Liam Dawson, Dale Steyn accounts for Matt Henry second ball as Alsop takes the catch. And though Sam Billings clocks up his half century, another run out - this time courtesy of a pinpoint throw from James Vince - leaves Kent 241/8 and the last rites being prepared.

    1818pm - ALL HAIL HAMPSHIRE!

    Another run out - the fourth of the Kent innings - took Hampshire to the brink. This time Harry Podmore was the victim, desperately trying to scramble two to get Billings back on strike. And though the skipper carried on clattering the ball when he could, passing his half century and offering his fans just a glimmer of hope, the end came when Billings tried one ramp too many, and was caught by Dale Steyn. Cue the Hampshire celebrations!

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