Four on the spin for impressive Hampshire

Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Michael Carberry top scored for Hampshire with 30. Picture: Neil Marshall

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A strong bowling display from Hampshire proved enough to defeat Kent and make it four wins on the bounce in the Natwest T20 Blast last night.

Danny Briggs & Co proved too good for the visitors who came up 22 runs short, despite the best efforts of Rob Key (89 not out).

That was after some classy batting from Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams had taken Hampshire to 171 for seven.

Glenn Maxwell made his Hampshire return, with Adam Wheater handed the gloves.

Hampshire won the toss and chose to bat.

James Vince clattered the first boundary but then lost his wicket to a good catch by Adam Ball, off the bowling of Doug Bollinger in the second over.

Adams came in and immediately upped the pace.

Darren Stevens, Mitchell Claydon and Adam Riley all took severe punishment.

But Riley hit back, trapping Adams lbw, for a brutal 47 off 26 balls.

Maxwell was given a big cheer as he strode out for his first Hampshire appearance since 2012.

Fireworks were expected and he immediately bludgeoned a massive six, before being dismissed next ball, trying to repeat the trick.

Carberry smacked a four and a six off consecutive balls to bring up his 50 off 45 deliveries.

The hosts then lost three wickets for three runs.

Ervine was dismissed for one, Carberry perished to a great ball from Bollinger (three for 19) for a superb 73 off 58 balls, then a brilliant direct hit from Stevens ran out Wheater.

But Hampshire added 16 off the final over, with Chris Wood blasting two well-taken fours and Will Smith firing one boundary.

In reply, Briggs removed Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond for 12 in the fifth over.

But Key reached his 50 off 34 balls.

Hampshire’s bowlers then began to spark as Smith removed Sam Northeast (34) in the 15th over.

Briggs (three for 28) bamboozled Stevens and sent Sam Billings packing as well.

That put Hampshire in complete command as Kent were restricted to 149 for four.