Maxwell fires as Hampshire bounce back

Glenn Maxwell. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography

Glenn Maxwell. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography

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Glenn Maxwell kick-started Hampshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with a sublime century yesterday.

The Ageas Bowl outfit slumped to a 136-run defeat at Derbyshire on Saturday as their assault on domestic cricket’s newest competition got off to the worst possible start.

But Jimmy Adams & Co roared back to their best 24 hours later at Lancashire, claiming a 148-run victory with Maxwell taking centre stage.

The destructive Aussie batsman has struggled for form since arriving on the south coast for the NatWest t20 Blast.

But as England skipper Alastair Cook was rediscovering his touch against India at the Ageas Bowl, Maxwell was hammering his way to a brilliant and timely 146 at Old Trafford.

His demolition job against a shell-shocked Lancashire attack came off just 96 balls with a stunning 22 fours and two sixes.

The knock – coupled with useful contributions from Adams (41), Will Smith (49), Sean Ervine (64) and Liam Dawson (30) – saw Hampshire post 360 for nine from their 50 overs and take command of the group A fixture.

After the interval, Chris Wood (two for 27) strengthened his side’s grip on the match.

The left-armer removed dangerous Aussie Usman Khawaja for five and then accounted for South African Ashwell Prince (14).

Eager to get in on the act on his return to limited-overs cricket, James Tomlinson (two for 37) knocked over Karl Brown and Steven Croft to leave Lancashire wobbling on 71 for four.

And while Paul Horton (57), Jordan Clark (22) and Alex Davies (40) steadied the ship, the hosts were always behind the rate and were eventually bowled out for 212.

Hampshire’s performance was a world away from the Derby display on Saturday.

Jimmy Adams won the toss and invited Derbyshire to bat at the County Ground.

And despite two early strikes from Wood (one for 67) and Matt Coles (three for 62), the visitors failed to make it count.

Wes Durston (134) and Wayne Madsen (138) helped the hosts put a dismal t20 campaign behind them with a stand of 222 in 35.4 overs.

Both notched tons as the Hampshire bowlers were put to the sword.

Coles returned to grab a couple of late wickets late on, as Shiv Chanderpaul pushed Derbyshire’s score to 340 for five with an unbeaten 29 off 24 balls.

And it proved more than enough for the hosts.

Michael Carberry (55) and James Vince (30) made a positive start to the chase – crashing 52 off 34 balls before the latter departed.

Carberry, who missed the game at Lancashire, was joined by Maxwell (35) for a further 51 off 29 balls.

But when the pair were dismissed – along with Adams for a duck – Hampshire never recovered.

A total of 149 for three quickly became 204 all out, with only Will Smith (35) offering any significant resistance as they tumbled to defeat.

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