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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Hants crush Yorks to reach final
C&G Trophy semi-final, Rose Bowl: Hampshire 199-2 (39.5 overs) beat Yorkshire 197-9 (50 overs) by eight wickets

Sean Ervine hits out during his innings
Ervine struck 12 fours and a six
Hampshire cruised to their first Lord's final since 1992 with a crushing C&G Trophy semi-final win over Yorkshire.

Zimbabwean Sean Ervine smashed 100 off 99 balls to hurry the hosts to their target with 10 overs to spare.

Nic Pothas hit an unbeaten 73 as the duo made light work of some powderpuff Yorkshire bowling in a 147-run stand.

The visitors could only manage 197-9 in their 50 overs, as Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shane Watson and Shaun Udal all took two wickets, Michael Lumb making 43.

Once Hampshire had negotiated Deon Kruis' excellent 10 overs for the loss of just John Crawley, the outcome was never in doubt.

Ervine, who reached his half-century off 59 balls, took only 37 for his second 50 as hit the accelerator, smashing 12 fours and a six in all.

His splendid knock saw Hampshire through to their first Lord's final since beating Kent to win the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1992.

We were absolutely outstanding and our fielding was exceptional
Shaun Udal
Earlier, two run-outs amid three quick wickets for six runs saw Yorkshire stumble to 127-6 as Hampshire took a grip on the game they never relinquished.

The visitors had started reasonably well despite the loss of Matthew Wood (9) in the seventh over, caught by Watson off Andy Bichel.

Phil Jaques went for 31 to a leading edge off Mascarenhas with the score on 76, and Lumb hit five boundaries in a fluent innings.

But once he departed in the 25th over, caught behind off the impressive Watson, Yorkshire never recovered.

Watson, who finished with 2-29, started the collapse with a brilliant direct hit from square leg to remove Anthony McGrath for 17.

Richard Pyrah quickly followed and when indecision from Ismail Dawood saw Udal run him out two overs later, the writing was on the wall.

Captain Craig White dug in and remained unbeaten on 40 at the end.

Michael Lumb plays a pull shot during his innings of 43
We were up for it - but it just didn't happen for us
Craig White
But wickets continued to fall at the other end, Mascarenhas bowling Richard Dawson for 21 and Udal accounting for Tim Bresnan and John Blain to finish with 2-33 off his 10 overs.

Chris Tremlett, playing after overcoming a knee problem, appeared short of pace in eight wicket-less overs.

Yorkshire, who travelled down from Manchester on Friday evening after the Roses match against Lancashire, arrived late at the ground after their coach driver was not allowed by law to drive again so soon.

The visitors had to unload their gear onto a gardener's truck to ensure play was only held up by 15 minutes.

They were without pace bowler Chris Silverwood, who has a hamstring injury, as well as England's Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard and Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey.

Kevin Pietersen was also resting ahead of the fourth Ashes Test, but the hosts were in complete command without him.

Hampshire: S Udal (capt), N Pothas (wkt), S Ervine, J Crawley, S Watson, J McLean, G Lamb, K Latouf, D Mascarenhas, A Bichel, C Tremlett.

Yorkshire: C White (capt), M Wood, R Pyrah, A McGrath, P Jaques, M Lumb, I Dawood (wkt), R Dawson, T Bresnan, GJ Kruis, J Blain.

Interview: Hampshire's Sean Ervine

Interview: Yorkshire's Anthony McGrath


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