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ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 in Scotland

Hampshire 236 (Leach 3-41) beat Worcestershire 192 (Barnard 85*, Holland 3-17, Currie 3-36) by 44 runs

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Ian Holland ripped via Worcestershire Rapids’ prime order as Hampshire started their Royal London Cup marketing campaign with a 44-run victory.

Australian-born USA worldwide Holland picked up 3 for 17 to depart Rapids 37 for five after Hampshire had scored 236 because of 40s from Ben Brown, Fletcha Middleton and Scott Currie.

A Worcestershire Record A report sixth-wicket partnership between Warwickshire-bound Ed Barnard – who ended with a courageous unbeaten 85 – and Taylor Cornall helped the hosts get better, however Felix Organ and Currie, who took 3 for 36, tidied up the tail in entrance of a wholesome 3,100 crowd on the Ageas Bowl to bowl Worcestershire out with 5 overs to spare.

If Hampshire’s begin of 51 for 3 was poor, the Rapids; was catastrophic. Holland bulldozed the highest order along with his nagging line and size: he had Ed Pollock slog sweeping to deep sq. to his first ball earlier than Gareth Roderick tried to chop a ball which gained some further bounce to edge to slide and Jake Libby pushed to the identical fielder Prest. Holland’s opening seven-over spell returned 3 for 11 and included two maidens.

Currie had pinned Pakistan worldwide Azhar Ali within the third over and John Turner entered the assault to have Kashif Ali additionally nudging to Prest and leaving his aspect 37 for five. Cornall and Barnard went from giving the Rapids respectability to placing the victory again on their radar with a simple accumulation of runs.

Their 130-run stand set a brand new Worcestershire report in Record A cricket, beating the 121 placed on between Phil Neale and Steve Rhodes in 1988. To underpin his significance to their middle-order, Barnard has been concerned within the report stands for the fifth, sixth and seventh wicket – his fifth format fifty coming in 72 balls.

Felix Organ lastly broke the partnership after virtually 30 overs when Cornall swept to lengthy on and had Leach pinned in entrance in his following over. Nineteen-year-old debutant Henry Cullen skied straight up within the air, Adam Finch swung to deep sq. and Ben Gibbon was lbw first ball to finish the competition.

Earlier, Hampshire’s prime order received slowed down and could not construct partnerships having been put in on a pitch which supplied some respectable bounce. Leach, Gibbon and Barnard all picked up a wicket every to depart the hosts floundering – Nick Gubbins chipping to mid-on, Aneurin Donald bowled and Prest nicking off.

Brown and Middleton set concerning the restoration fastidiously, with the pair solely scoring eight boundaries of their 85-run stand. Middleton – whose father Tony made his Record A debut towards Worcestershire in 1989 – dominated via the midwicket area whether or not it was on the entrance foot pull or clip off his legs, whereas Brown dabbed and pushed to recalibrate the innings.

Each appeared en path to half-centuries however each fell agonisingly in need of the milestone. Middleton tickled behind on 49 earlier than Brown chased a lower shot to level. Organ survived a caught and bowled however not a clip to lengthy on and Holland chip to midwicket, however Currie got here in to provide it a whack, throughout a 54-run stand with Toby Albert.

The allrounder gave the demise overs impetus with seven crushing fours to ease to knowledgeable career-high 43 not out and take Hampshire to an round par 236 – with Albert, Jack Campbell and Turner all departing late on.


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