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Lumb century helps Hants victory

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL, The Rose Bowl:
Hampshire 310-4 beat Middlesex 266 by 44 runs


Michael Lumb
Michael Lumb on the way to his match-winning century at The Rose Bowl

Michael Lumb hit only the second one-day ton of his career to help Hampshire brush Middlesex aside and reach the Friends Provident Trophy semi-finals.

Lumb hit 100, sharing a first-wicket stand of 156 with James Adams (76) as Hants piled up 310-4 at The Rose Bowl.

Unfancied Middlesex had a brave stab at getting there, Neil Dexter top scoring with 79, but they fell short.

The visitors were bowled out for 266 to lose by 44 runs, as Billy Taylor claimed the last of his three wickets.

Weakened Middlesex, skippered by former Hampshire spinner Shaun Udal, were without five first-team regulars.

But the visitors actually looked on course for an unlikely win at 207-3, only to lose their last seven wickets for 59.

HAMPSHIRE'S KNOCKOUT RECORD
Benson and Hedges Cup winners, 1988 and 1992
Nat West Trophy winners, 1991
Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy winners, 2005

Lumb struck 10 boundaries in his 98-ball innings as, in partnership with Adams, their an opening stand of 156 in only 25 overs paved the way to victory on an easy-paced wicket.

Even after Adams was bowled by Steven Finn for 76, Sean Ervine (34) came in to help Lumb add another 58 for the second wicket.

Three wickets then went in quick succession as Lumb was stumped off Dawid Malan just two balls after reaching his ton and Udal removed both Ervine and Chris Benham.

But Liam Dawson (51no) and Michael Carberry (42no) saw their side through to the end with an unbroken 90 for the fifth wicket.

Middlesex then battled gamely but in vain.

They lost both openers before teenager Sam Robson helped Dexter compile 89 in 17 overs for the third wicket.

Malan and Dexter continued to cause problems for Hampshire, who were themselves missing skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas, with a stand of 55 for the fourth.

But then it all went wrong for Middlesex.

Malan, Dexter, Udal and Gareth Berg all went in four overs, two of them to Taylor and the other two to spinner Imran Tahir.

There was some late resistance from Ben Scott and David Nash, but Taylor (3-44) returned to finish it, last man Finn being removed by the second of two stunning catches from Carberry.



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