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Hants beaten by Worcs team effort

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP A, New Road
Worcestershire 246-8 beat Hampshire 138 by 108 runs
(Worcs 2pts, Hampshire 0pts)


Chris Whelan
Whelan's previous best one-day best figures were 4-78 against New Zealand

Worcestershire produced a real team effort to secure a 108-run win over Hampshire in the FP Trophy at New Road.

Steve Davies top-scored with only 34 as Worcestershire made 246-8, but crucially only Stephen Moore failed to make double figures.

Matt Mason and Ashley Noffke made early inroads to reduce Hampshire to 28-4.

Only Chris Benham (42) offered any real resistance as they were bowled out for 138, Chris Whelan taking the last three wickets to earn a one-day best 4-27.

The victory took Worcestershire back to the top of Group A at Hampshire's expense and ended a run of two-straight defeats in the competition.

But, with two games left against the bottom two Ireland and Leicestershire, Hampshire will still fancy their chances of booking a quarter-final place.

Worcestershire got off to a flying start, with Vikram Solanki and Davies putting on 44 in six overs.

Dimitri Mascarenhas accounted for Solanki, the Worcestershire captain playing on to his own stumps, and Moore, before Billy Taylor (3-37) removed Davies.

And when Liam Dawson produced a smart catch off his own bowling to dismiss Ben Smith, Worcestershire were in trouble at 124-4.

But they dug in and Moeen Ali, Gareth Batty and Ian Fisher all hit 31 and Ashley Noffke 29 as they posted what proved to be a more than competitive score.

Noffke and Mason struck twice each to remove Michael Lumb, John Crawley, Sean Ervine and Michael Carberry with the new ball.

That early damage proved terminal for Hampshire as they never threatened to mount a challenge for victory.


Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"We put a few ghosts from the last couple of games behind us and the way we played our cricket today was very professional.

"You could see it in the field today as we were electric and that was very pleasing.

"We had an excellent chat yesterday morning and opened up a little bit as we recognised that we needed to lift it a notch or two and we did that."

Hampshire manager Giles White told BBC Radio Solent:

"We underperformed today, but they played well and beat us convincingly.

"We felt they got too many and we didn't bowl very well at the end, and they had got off to a flier.

"We thought we could have got 240 at the beginning, but it wasn't to be. They hit us hard, first with the bat and then with the ball."



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