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Hants blitz Notts to go through

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP A, Trent Bridge
Hampshire 149-0 beat Nottinghamshire 145 by 10 wickets
(Hants 2pts, Notts 0pts)


Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork produced his best one-day figures in four years

Hampshire thrashed Nottinghamshire by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge as both sides qualified for the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy.

After Notts won the toss, their top order was blitzed by Dominic Cork (4-18) as they were reduced to 68-6.

Mark Ealham (33 not out) and Andre Adams (26) led a recovery of sorts before the hosts were shot out for 145.

But Hampshire openers Jimmy Adams (73) and Michael Lumb (72) raced to their target inside 30 overs.

Hampshire's victory saw them leapfrog Nottinghamshire to the top of Group A, guaranteeing a home draw in Saturday's quarter-finals as group winners.

Despite being comprehensively thrashed, Notts still squeezed into the last eight thanks to Ireland's surprise victory over Worcestershire at New Road.

Hampshire veteran Cork's return of 4-18 was his best one-day figures for four years.

He helped his side get on top right from the first ball when, having won the toss, Notts got off to the worst possible start.

Mark Wagh chipped a return catch to Cork off the first ball of the match.

FP TROPHY QUARTER FINALISTS
GROUP A: Hampshire (winners), Nottinghamshire
GROUP B: Somerset (winners), Middlesex
GROUP C: Gloucestershire (winners) Sussex
GROUP D: Lancashire (winners), Essex

And the veteran former England all-rounder was soon celebrating again thanks to a stunning catch from Chris Benham, who plunged to his right at short midwicket to catch a full-blooded pull from Samit Patel.

With the ball keeping low and nipping around off the seam, Cork was in his element, backed up by exemplary glovework by Nic Pothas, who showed sharp reactions to stump Ali Brown when he lost his balance to a leg-side delivery.

After hitting the first two boundaries of the innings, Aussie Adam Voges perished to Hamza Riazuddin, playing on for 17.

A mix-up with Chris Read then saw Will Jefferson run out with a direct hit from cover before Read edged a seaming ball from Sean Ervine behind to Pothas.

And when Paul Franks skied the occasional off-spin of Michael Carberry to mid-off to leave the score at 68-7, the hosts were struggling to beat their lowest-ever score in the competition of 121, set last year against Warwickshire.

They passed that only thanks to some late hitting from Ealham and Andre Adams, who hit Ervine for 4, 4, 6, 4 to pass 100 in the 38th over.

He was then caught at deep midwicket off Imran Tahir, Luke Fletcher handed Benham his second catch and Cork returned for another Pothas stumping to remove Jason Brown and finish the innings.

Despite the home side's troubles, Hampshire openers Lumb and Adams made batting look far easier, cruising past 50 in the seventh over as they set about their task in aggressive style.


Hampshire captain Nic Pothas told BBC Radio Solent:

"Winning the group is brilliant. We have played very good cricket.

"The only game where we let ourselves down was at Worcester.

"What is encouraging is that the guys have learned from that and today was a fantastically clinical performance."

Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It was a pretty poor performance. We were out bowled, out fielded and out batted. It's not really good enough from our point of view.

"Mick Newell and myself have had a word with the players and expressed our disappointment about the way we played, and how we let ourselves and our supporters down.

"But we've got 10 points, we've gone through to the quarter-finals and we've got to make sure we come out and put in a far better performance."



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