Hampshire fall at final hurdle

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It was heartbreak for Hampshire’s visually impaired team on t20 finals day at North London CC.

The south-coast outfit had a tough time – losing both matches to finish fourth in the competition.

Warwickshire, fresh from a league and cup double, were the first opponents.

On paper there was a gulf between the two sides and this was shown as Hampshire were dismissed for just 42.

Warwickshire sent England stars Luke Sugg and Andy Powers out to begin the chase.

And despite losing an early wicket, the Bears went on to win at a canter in little under three overs.

Hampshire captain Ian Morris then had the tough task of rallying his troops for the third place play-off against league runners-up Yorkshire, who lost to Sussex in the semis.

Hampshire held Yorkshire to 187 off 20 overs after opening batsman Peter Blueitt was bowled first ball by Ryan West.

Morris led by example with a fine performance in the field, while Dave Daniels held on to a fantastic reflex catch close to the bat. In reply, West calmly played his way to 50 but after accelerating the run-rate he was caught for 68 and Hampshire fell short in their bid for glory.

Skipper Morris said: ‘I’m very pleased with the way we bounced back after such a heavy loss.

‘And it was great to see a couple of our players nominated in the various player-of-the-year awards, which is encouraging.’

Finals day saw England international Matt Paige call time on five years of service with Hampshire. He joins London Metro next season.