Hampshire heartbreak on finals day

Shahid Afridi on his way to 80. Picture: Barry Zee

Shahid Afridi on his way to 80. Picture: Barry Zee

Chris Stone

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Hampshire were defeated by Somerset in a thrilling second semi-final of Friends Life t20 finals day.

The Cidermen’s one-over eliminator score of 16 was enough to snatch success by 11 runs and break Royals fans hearts.

The six-ball shootout – equivalent of spot-kicks in football – was set up when the two sides had tied the rain-affected clash at Edgbaston this afternoon.

In a repeat of last year’s final, the Royals had struggled to defend 95 in 10 overs.

First Marcus Trescothick (28) and then Jos Buttler (32) delivered some brutal hitting to rock the reigning champions.

But – in a fantastic last over from Dominic Cork, which cost just four runs – James Vince ran Arul Suppiah out off the last ball to snatch a tie.

Earlier, Shahid Afridi struck a brilliant 80 off 42 balls as Hampshire posted 138 from 15.5 overs.

Vince added 22 in a second-wicket partnership of 68 with the Pakistani all-rounder.

Showers punctuated the Royals innings, though, with the final one forcing the players off with a ball still remaining.

Leicestershire had already beaten Lancashire – also in a one-over eliminator – to book their spot in the final.

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