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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July 2005, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Hants blaze past Surrey to semis
C&G Trophy quarter-final, The Oval: Hampshire 359-8 (47.5 overs) beat Surrey 358-6 (50 overs) by two wickets

Shane Watson
Watson rejoined Hampshire after international duty with Australia
Aussie Shane Watson hit an audacious century as Hampshire set a record score to beat Surrey's 358-6 at The Oval and claim a C&G Trophy semi-final spot.

Watson hit 132 from 105 balls and captain Shaun Udal made 44 from 39 to see the Hawks home with 13 balls left.

Surrey appeared to have put the match out of reach after opener Jon Batty made an unbeaten 158 on a flat pitch.

Graham Thorpe, passed over for a Test place, showed his fine form with a quick-fire 60, adding 115 with Batty.

It was an atonishing game but we always thought we had a chance
Shaun Udal

It was the highest successful chase in the history of the competition, beating Sussex's 329 to beat Derbyshire eight years ago.

Watson, drafted in as Shane Warne's replacement, could not bowl because of a thigh injury, but his batting was unimpeded as he hit the Surrey bowling to all parts.

Jimmy Ormond and Mohammad Akram both disappeared for 71 runs from their 10 overs as Watson turned the chase into a procession.

He was given good support by John Crawley, who made 45, in a stand of 78 for the third wicket.

Thorpe was passed over for selection for the first Test
Thorpe was passed over for Test selection

Batty had earlier taken advantage of some slack Hampshire bowling and fielding, and a quick outfield, to reach his century from 114 balls.

He played second fiddle to James Benning (73) initially in an opening stand of 142.

Thorpe the joined him to keep the run rate up at nearly seven an over before Thorpe aimed an ugly swipe at Udal and was bowled.

Surrey captain Mark Ramprakash was bewildered after his side missed out on a semi-final place.

"We thought 350 was a fantastic score and Jon Batty had a fantastic knock," he said.

"Even with people going well we still felt it was a lot of runs to get."

Udal said: "It was an atonishing game but we always thought we had a chance and it was an atonishing innings from Shane Watson."




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