Dawson shines as Hampshire bounce back

Liam Dawson impressed again for Hampshire. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson impressed again for Hampshire. Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire's James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall

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HAMPSHIRE returned to winning ways in the Royal London One Day Cup with victory over Warwickshire.

A 23-run Duckworth-Lewis win arrived in the rain-damaged contest at Edgbaston.

After defeat by Essex, Hampshire responded forcefully by compiling a meaty 280 for seven built around a century stand by Liam Dawson and Will Smith

They then reduced the home side to four for two, and those early wickets proved crucial by cranking the Duckworth-Lewis equation right up when rain came.

Facing a three-time amended target of 208 from 31 overs, Warwickshire had to go for broke and Dawson took advantage - completing his excellent day with three wickets for 34.

The win now takes Hampshire a big step towards the quarter-finals.

Put in, Hampshire raced to 50 in 50 balls thanks to Michael Carberry.

After Adam Wheater was run out by William Porterfield’s direct hit, Oliver Hannon-Dalby collected his seventh wicket in three days with a superb leg-cutter edged by James Vince.

Jimmy Adams’ anchor role (41, 48 balls) ended when he lifted a drive at Jeetan Patel and fell to a fine catch by Porterfield.

That was 94 for four, but Dawson, with his third half-century in four RLC innings, and Smith added 123 in 22 overs before both were caught in the deep. Gareth Berg and Chris Wood added useful late runs to leave Warwickshire a mountain to climb.

Meanwhile, Hampshire have signed fast-bowler Ryan Stevenson on a contract until the end of the season.

The 23-year old has been on trial at the Ageas Bowl and impressed for the second team against Glamorgan seconds last week.