Rilee Rossouw struck a brilliant century as Hampshire clinched the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s on Saturday.
The left-hander smashed 125 for the Ageas Bowl outfit in a 61-run victory over Kent at the home of cricket.
Rossouw shared an opening stand of 136 with Tom Alsop (72) after Hampshire were asked to bat by Spitfires skipper Sam Billings.
The left-hander’s knock spanned 114 balls and featured nine fours and three sixes.
Former Kent captain Sam Northeast then weighed in with 75 from 60 deliveries as Hampshire posted a record-breaking 330 for seven from their 50 overs.
And the total – the highest in the competition at Lord’s – proved too much for the Spitfires, despite good innings from Daniel Bell-Drummond (89) and Billings (75).
Four run outs – three direct hits – undermined their challenge but, in truth, Hampshire sparkled with bat and ball in the Lord’s sunshine.
Skipper James Vince toasted the triumph, while reserving special praise for Rossouw and Alsop for their work in setting up the victory.
He said: ‘It is very pleasing. The way Tommy and Rilee started obviously settled any nerves we had early on.
‘We were able to sit back in the pavilion, watch the guys go about their business and set a great platform for the team.
‘It probably did hold a bit towards the back end and we could have got 20 or 30 more runs but in a final it was still a great score to put on the board.
‘Then in the field I thought we were excellent. To get the run outs we did really change the momentum.
‘Kent have a very strong batting line-up and deserved to be in the final. But the way we played was fantastic.’
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