Vitality Blast: Hampshire Hawks end Notts Outlaws’ reign in quarter-final thriller | Cricket News

Hampshire only manage 125-9 at Trent Bridge but Notts Outlaws come up just short after stunning fightback by the visitors despite late onslaught from Matt Carter, with Liam Dawson leading the way with the ball for the Hawks

Last Updated: 25/08/21 10:37pm

Hampshire Hawks celebrate their Vitality Blast victory over Notts Outlaws

Hampshire Hawks celebrate their Vitality Blast victory over Notts Outlaws

Hampshire Hawks booked their place at Vitality Blast Finals Day with a stunning two-wicket win over defending champions Notts Outlaws.

With runs hard to come by on a slow, used wicket at Trent Bridge, the quarter-final contest see-sawed either way as the Outlaws chased a target of just 126 for victory, with Brad Wheal claiming the decisive wicket when he dismissed Dane Paterson off the fourth ball of the final over.

The visitors were put into bat and lost their two-star batsmen early on as D’Arcy Short was caught by Ben Slater off the bowling of Paterson (3-22) for nine and James Vince was caught by Matt Carter off Samit Patel for six.

Calvin Harrison (2-27) then removed Lewis McManus for two and Liam Dawson for a duck off successive balls to leave the Hawks toiling on 40-5.

A 49-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Tom Prest (44) and James Fuller (30) rallied the visitors before the latter fell to Carter (2-18), with Hampshire then managing to scramble their way to 125-9 from their 20 overs.

This total appeared around 20 or 30 runs under par and it certainly looked that way as Alex Hales and Joe Clarke made a flying start as the Outlaws began their reply.

Joe Clarke and Alex Hales gave the Outlaws a flying start

Joe Clarke and Alex Hales gave the Outlaws a flying start

Hales was eventually caught by Vince off Dawson for 19 from 12 balls with the score on 42 in the fourth over, but Ben Duckett continued the hosts’ charge alongside Clarke until he was run out for 16 by a direct hit from Fuller with Tom Moores out for one shortly afterwards.

Notts still looked comfortable at 83-3 when Dawson (3-24) took centre stage with the wickets of Clarke (42 from 37 balls) and Patel (four) from successive balls, with Scott Currie (2-16) then repeating the back-to-back trick thanks to stunning catches in the deep from Short which claimed the wickets of Harrison (five) and home captain Steven Mullaney (four).

Liam Dawson celebrates taking the wicket of Samit Patel

Liam Dawson celebrates taking the wicket of Samit Patel

That had the Outlaws reeling on 96-8 which then became 109-9 when Wheal (2-24) bowled Luke Fletcher, but there was still a twist in the tale as Carter (23no) smashed two sixes off Chris Wood (1-32) in the penultimate over.

Notts therefore needed only three to win off the final over but Paterson was crucially on strike and he was unable to score off the first three balls of Wheal’s over before edging him behind to McManus, leaving Carter stranded and Hampshire celebrating.

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