James Vince stars as Hampshire make finals day again

James Vince Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
James Vince Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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James Vince blasted a supreme unbeaten century as Hampshire secured a sixth straight visit to finals day in the Natwest T20 Blast.

The Hampshire skipper crashed a superb 107 not out from just 65 balls as he peppered the boundary at Worcestershire’s New Road with 13 fours and three sixes to reach three figures for the first time in his t20 career.

Vince led the the way in Hampshire’s 196 for four from their 20 overs but Michael Carberry (42) and Adam Wheater (32) also played important knocks to take the total up towards the 200-mark.

Hampshire looked big favourites with an imposing score on the board but their passage into the semi-finals was eventually confirmed when the game was abandoned because of bad light and conditions were deemed as dangerous by the umpires.

The decision was hastened when Chris Wood attempted to take a catch on the boundary and failed to pick the ball out of the gloomy conditions, taking a blow to the face as the ball went through his hands.

With Worcestershire at 58 for two in the ninth over, it meant the visitors were well ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score and claimed victory.

They now join Northamptonshire and the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston on August 29 as Kent and Lancashire battle it out for the final place in today’s clash.

Having lost the toss, Hampshire shrugged off the conditions with Vince and Carberry getting the innings off to a flying start.

The opening pair rattled the scoreboard along to 88 inside 10 overs but a brilliant piece of fielding by Ed Barnard, when Vince played the ball to deep cover, created the breakthrough for the home side.

The England under-19 international produced an excellent throw and even Carberry was not quick enough to to make his ground as he was run out.

Wheater then picked up the baton with his 22-ball knock as he shared a stand with Vince worth another75 runs.

The wicketkeeper holed out to Barnard going for the boundary but with 163 already on the board and wickets in hand, Hampshire were well in command.

Vince brought up his century with another classy stroke through extra cover but the returning Sean Ervine (two) was then run out backing up before Owais Shah (five) was out off the final ball of the innings.

Much of the responsibility for Worcestershire was resting on the shoulders of England’s Moeen Ali and skipper Daryl Mitchell, who has a fabulous record against Hampshire.

The opening pair got off to a fast start but Wood got the Test star, courtesy of a top-edge to Wheater.

The Hampshire man then showed brilliant athleticism in the field as he ran out Tom Kohler-Wood with a swift pick-up and throw from cover.

Mitchell (20 not out) and Ross Whiteley (16 not out) threatened to get their team back into the contest.

But when Wood was escorted off with a bloodied nose, the team failed to re-emerge as Hampshire booked their finals day place once again.