Hampshire’s faint hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition evaporated last night.
An inexperienced Royals side suffered a crushing 81-run defeat at the hands of Durham Dynamos at the Rose Bowl.
After losing the toss, the visitors racked up 210 for five in their rain-reduced innings 34 overs.
Central to that score was a partnership of 142 in 118 balls by Michael Di Venuto (70) and Paul Collingwood (73).
David Griffiths (three for 36) was the pick of the Hampshire bowlers, who upped their game late on to stop the Dynamos racing away.
Duckworth and Lewis weighed in to nudge the target up to 216 but in the end the total was well beyond the Royals’ batsmen, who never got going.
A flurry of boundaries saw the home side rush to 26 without loss off four overs but when James Vince (13) ran himself out and Jimmy Adams (24) departed soon after they were never in the hunt.
Hampshire were ultimately bowled out for 134 in the 33rd over.