Major blow for Hampshire

James Vince - Hampshire v Welsh Dragons - Ageas Bowl - CB40''Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
James Vince - Hampshire v Welsh Dragons - Ageas Bowl - CB40''Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
James Vince will make his Ashes debut at the Gabba

Vince to make Ashes debut

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Hampshire’s hopes of CB40 success suffered a major setback as they went down to a comprehensive six-wicket defeat at Nottinghamshire.

James Vince (102 not out) played a marvellous one-man vigil to drag the Royals to 230 for seven as he batted out the full 40 overs.

But support was in short supply as Hampshire struggled to find any kind of momentum with their partnerships.

For the Outlaws, however, it was a different story as they made their run-chase look easy.

They raced to a flying start through openers Rikki Wessels (38) and Alex Hales (70) who battered the Hampshire bowlers all around Trent Bridge in the opening powerplay.

Samit Patel (36) and the Royals’ nemesis James Taylor (74) then took up the baton as Jimmy Adams’ men failed to stem the flow of runs.

Hampshire’s innings struggled with the early loss of Jimmy Adams to a first-ball duck, while Simon Katich followed soon afterwards.

Vince stuck around and played a mature innings.

But Sean Ervine (31) needed to support his team-mate for longer and while Kabir Ali (23) blasted an eye-catching late cameo, the total always looked short.

It was a fine effort from Vince, though, who reached three figures off the penultimate delivery.

But Taylor & Co sealed victory with 17 balls to spare.