HAMPSHIRE enjoyed a rare T20 Blast win with a 25-run victory over Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl.
It was only the hosts’ second win in 11 T20 games this season and it was Liam Dawson who played the lead role.
Dawson who recently made his England T20 debut hit 76 not out.
The home side posted a target of 167 for six on a night when it was announced that Michael Carberry had been diagnosed with cancer.
When Glamorgan looked to be coasting at 48 without loss in their reply Dawson (four for 23) signalled the start of Glamorgan’s demise with two quick-fire wickets in one over.
Shahid Afridi also bowled impressively, only conceding 16 runs in his four overs and taking one wicket.
After losing the toss and being put into bat Hampshire made a positive start, scoring 18 runs off the opening two overs.
The home side were soon in trouble, however, when they lost two wickets in the space of three balls in the third over.
Tom Alsop edged Graham Wagg’s first ball of the over straight to Colin Ingram at slip.
Two balls later Sean Ervine sent a leading edge straight to Aneurin Donald at point.
Adam Wheater became the third casualty when he looped an easy catch to Wagg at mid-off.
It was left to Dawson and Afridi to try to rebuild the innings.
Afridi (25) hit Timm Van De Guyten for three successive fours.
Just when he looked like taking off, though, he skied a catch to Wagg.
With Hampshire in trouble not for the first time, Dawson came to the rescue this time with the help of youngster Joe Weatherley (43).
They put on 78 runs off 28 balls, helping Hampshire to finish on 167 for six.
In reply, Glamorgan openers David Lloyd and Mark Wallace started in a steady fashion.
But once again Hampshire were able to call upon Dawson.
With his very first ball he bowled Lloyd.
Dangerman Colin Ingram became his second victim, caught behind by Lewis McManus four balls later.
Afridi increased the pressure when he bowled Donald for a duck.
And Brad Taylor tightened the noose having Jacques Rudolph caught and bowled.
Glamorgan were suddenly under the cosh at 61 for four with 11 overs remaining.
When the dangerous looking Mark Wallace (45) was caught off the bowling of Taylor Hampshire were clear for an emotional win.