Hampshire’s Edgbaston nightmare continued today as they were beaten NatWest T20 Blast semi-finalists by six wickets at the hands of Lancashire after a forgettable batting display on a sluggish pitch.
James Vince’s 69 off 60 balls was the feature of just 114 all out in 19.5 overs after the England T20 hopeful won the toss and elected to bat first.
Lancashire’s pace off the ball attack squeezed the life out of a Hampshire side who have now lost four semi-finals at this venue in the last five years, including against the Lightning last year.
Karl Brown anchored a routine reply with a measured 45 not out off 43 balls, and Lancashire won with seven balls to spare to set up an evening final against Northamptonshire, who beat hosts Birmingham earlier.
Only two other Hampshire batsman, Michael Carberry and Owais Shah, reached double figures as Lancashire spin duo Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley returned combined figures of 5-32 from eight overs.
With Vince going well, his team-mates were guilty of playing too aggressively across the line and failing to milk the spinners. A good score on this surface would have been 140.
There was some controversy in the Lancashire chase as Fidel Edwards was adjudged to have had Alex Davies caught at mid-on off a no-ball.
It would have left the score at 20-2 in the fourth over, and Shah said on TV microphone that umpire Rob Bailey ‘wasn’t on the ball’.