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Hampshire take the T20 title in thrilling finale

Hampshire captain Dominic Cork holds aloft the Twenty20 trophy

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Hampshire captain Dominic Cork holds aloft the Twenty20 trophy

Hampshire claimed the Twenty20 title in a thrilling finish against Somerset at the Rose Bowl.

The match ended in a tie as both sides scored 173 in their 20 overs, but the hosts took the crown at the Rose Bowl by virtue of losing fewer wickets – five to Somerset’s six.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat and England one-day opener Craig Kieswetter led the way with 71 from 59 balls, while Kieron Pollard added a blistering 22 off just seven balls before being forced to retire hurt after being hit on the head by a Dominic Cork bouncer.

Their total of 173 looked highly competitive, and so it proved. But Hampshire scraped over the line thanks to decent contributions from Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, Sean Ervine and a half century from Neil McKezie.

But they still needed to scramble a bye from the final ball of the match to tie the scores on 173 and seal victory owing to them losing fewer wickets.

Captain Cork said afterwards: “”I’ve never seen a last over like that. It had everything – changes of ball, runners, wickets, the lot.

“It was a chaotic last two overs but I’m proud of all the guys for taking us over that winning line.

“The young guys who’ve come in have transformed this side.”

Earlier in the day, Hampshire beat Essex in the first semi-final by six wickets, while Somerset beat Notts by three runs on the Duckworth Lewis method after rain restricted the Notts innings to just 13 overs.

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