Weather gods smile on Hampshire

Liam Dawson had no luck for Hampshire as his seven overs went for 60 runs. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson had no luck for Hampshire as his seven overs went for 60 runs. Picture: Neil Marshall
  • Cup challenge goes on after rain intervenes
  • Trip to Gloucestershire awaits in last eight
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Rain came to the rescue as Hampshire limped into the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

After Sunday’s defeat to Lancashire, James Vince’s men had to beat group B leaders Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge to make sure of their progress.

But after winning the toss and opting to field, the Ageas Bowl outfit got off to a disappointing start and were facing a huge chase as the hosts raced to 256 for three in 39 overs.

Heavy showers then arrived in the Midlands and – after two pitch inspections – umpires Richard Illingworth and Paul Baldwin drew stumps, much to the relief of the visitors.

And with the other three fixtures all washed out as well, Hampshire edged into the quarter-finals in third spot in the pool.

Gloucestershire will be their hosts in the last eight of the competition – with the matches to be played next week.

But Giles White admitted Hampshire were just pleased to have made it through.

The director of cricket said: ‘Obviously we are delighted as a group.

‘When you set out in the competition you want to get through to the knockout stages and we have managed to do that.

‘It was a long day and Notts played well in the cricket we had.

‘But in the end we are happy and move forward to a quarter-final against Gloucestershire.’

The home side dominated the play that was possible at Trent Bridge.

They were given a typically explosive start by Alex Hales and Riki Wessels, who posted 124 for the first wicket.

Danny Briggs broke the partnership when he had the former caught on the square leg boundary by Sean Ervine for 58.

The England one-day opener had hit two sixes and six fours in his 56-ball stay.

Wessels had brought up his own 50 from 65 deliveries and advanced to 81 – from 90 balls with five fours – before helping a Chris Wood delivery into the hands of Yasar Arafat at fine leg.

Promoted to three in the order, former Hampshire all-rounder Dan Christian then bludgeoned his way to 72 before being bowled by Briggs (two for 48).

His half-century was the quickest of the three – coming in only 35 balls, with four fours and three sixes.

The Australian struck another two maximums and reached his highest score for Nottinghamshire before missing a full toss from the left-arm spinner.

James Taylor was unbeaten on 25 and Brendan Taylor had made 10 when the umpires were forced to take the players off the field.

Nottinghamshire will entertain Durham in the last eight, with the dates yet to be confirmed.