Wood thankful as Ali lands knockout blow

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Chris Wood revealed he thought he had blown Hampshire’s victory hopes before Kabir Ali saved the day.

The left-arm seamer – who led the side to Friends Life t20 success last month – went for 13 runs from the penultimate over to leave Warwickshire in charge.

But after thinking he had cost his side the game, Wood was then thankful to Ali for his terrific last over, which saw the Royals claim the title.

Wood said: ‘It wasn’t planned. I bowled well for the previous seven overs and thought maybe I had lost the game for us.

‘But, thankfully, Kabby bowled really well and saved the day for me.

‘My head was down on the boundary. I thought “I’ve just lost us the game” but Kabby bowled an awesome over.

‘I thought it would be difficult with them only needing seven runs.

‘But then, with three balls to go, we were favourites but it kept switching.

‘Luckily, we got over the line.’

Ali himself played down his contribution but revealed some specific work on bowling yorkers had come to fruition.

He said: ‘I was quite nervous but I have worked very hard on my yorkers over the past few weeks and thankfully it paid off for me.

‘I wouldn’t say it was exactly where I wanted it but it was round about where I wanted it.

‘If you get a half-decent yorker in there, it’s always difficult to hit, especially with the keeper standing up and Batesy did really well.

‘We were in a situation where you expect the batsmen to win the game so, in a weird way, the pressure was off me.

‘Bowling the last over in these kind of occasions is special.

‘This is definitely up there in my career highlights.’