Wicket-taker aims to bat Royals into Lord’s final

Neil McKenzie. Picture: Neil Marshall
Neil McKenzie. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Neil McKenzie signed off his County Championship season at Hampshire – with a wicket.

The former South Africa Test batsman (one for 10) picked up an unlikely scalp as the division two clash with Northamptonshire petered out into a draw yesterday.

While the visitors remain on course for promotion, the stalemate left Hampshire third from bottom in the table.

They will be without McKenzie, 37, for the remainder of the campaign, as he prepares to return to South Africa after today’s Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final clash with Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl (11.45am).

But he is determined to sign off his current stint in style.

‘It’s my last game today,’ said McKenzie.

‘Hopefully I can do something and send Hampshire into a Lord’s final.

‘I would love to come back but we’ll see what happens.’

The right-hander has scored 433 first-class runs – at an average of 48.11 – and taken one wicket in his latest stint at the club.

‘It’s another one to my tally, I suppose,’ added McKenzie on the scalp of Alex Wakely.

‘There aren’t too many of them. I think it’s 11 now!’