Chris Wood picked up career-best t20 bowling figures as Hampshire bounced back with a 21-run victory in their Natwest T20 Blast encounter at Glamorgan.
The left-arm seamer, who turned in a match-winning display at the same Swalec Ground in Cardiff back in the 2012 t20 final, came up with the goods again with four wickets for 16 runs as James Vince’s side showed plenty of character to respond to last week’s shock home defeat to Kent.
Having lost the toss and been put into bat, Hampshire’s innings got off to an awful start as they lost both skipper Vince (four) and Jimmy Adams inside the first three overs.
The skipper perished to the fifth ball of the match as South African Wayne Parnell (two for 23) came up with an impressive opening spell.
And Adams (five) followed him back soon afterwards.
Things went from bad to worse when Michael Carberry (four) became the first of Graham Wagg’s victims with the Glamorgan man returning excellent figures of four for 27.
With the Hampshire top order blown away at 39 for four, Sean Ervine (49) showed his worth to the side once again with a fine knock to drag his side out of real trouble and help post a competitive total.
The Zimbabwean shared a useful 34-run stand with Adam Wheater (19), but Will Smith (30) then rattled the score along to 115 for six.
Ervine was trapped in front one short of a deserved half-century to leave Smith and Wood (18) to scrape out a few more runs.
And while they ended up perhaps a few runs short of what they might have felt was a par score, it was certainly something to bowl at – especially with the Hampshire bowlers in ruthless mood.
Just as the visitors struggled early on, Glamorgan suffered a similar fate.
Smith worked his usual magic, picking up a wicket in his first over as he bowled Ben Wright (nought) and Wood got in on the act with a beauty of a delivery to remove Chris Cooke (one) in the third over.
When Colin Ingram (one) chopped on to his stumps, Hampshire looked to have the momentum but Jacques Rudolph (38) and Mark Wallace (37) put on a 69-run partnership, which appeared to swing the game back towards the Welsh outfit.
Ervine, who had earlier starred with the bat, then picked up the vital wicket of Rudolph before a short rain delay threatened the game.
Things looked even brighter for Hampshire on the restart when Danny Briggs bowled Craig Meschede (one) but the Glamorgan hopes appeared to be over when Wallace holed out to Vince as Yasir Arafat marked his 200th t20 game with a key wicket.
It left Glamorgan needing 44 from the final three overs and when Wood picked up two wickets in two balls, Hamphire knew they had their victory.