Twenty20 Cup – Quarter FinalNorthamptonNorthamptonshire 134-6 Innings Complete v Hampshire 121Northamptonshire beat Hampshire by 13 runs
Andrew Hall inspired Northamptonshire to a 13-run win over Hampshire which booked their place in the Twenty20 Cup semi-finals.
South African all-rounder Hall hit an unbeaten 39 before he took three wickets, the last two being the final two of the Hampshire innings which sealed the home side’s victory.
Hall’s 39 not out came off 24 balls and helped propel a struggling Northants innings up to 134-6 from their 20 overs after being put in by Hampshire.
In response, the visitors stood a chance on 121-6 with Dimitri Mascarenhas and Dominic Cork at the crease, but they then lost their final four wickets without adding another run to crash out of the competition.
The hosts made a bad start to their innings, with Mascarenhas removing Stephen Peters for a duck to make the score 1-1, and Cork chipped in to get rid of Rob White.
When Mascarenhas (2-24) grabbed his second wicket, Northants slumped to 16-3 and were in deep trouble, but 27 from Niall O’Brien and 22 from Riki Wessels helped them to 86-2.
Hall and Johan van der Wath powered onwards from there, adding an unbeaten 52 with Hall the star as he hit one six and four fours in his 39 for the hosts to close on 134-6.
It looked a small target, but Hall made an early breakthrough when bowling Jimmy Adams for nought, before Michael Lumb hit 26 off 17
Skipper Nicky Boje took two wickets and as the run rate crept up, Mascarenhas launched a counter-attack with his quick-fire 36, including a six and four fours.
However, he unluckily played on against van der Wath, who also claimed Chris Tremlett’s wicket in the 19th over, leaving the stiff task of 14 being needed in the final over at 121-8.
Hall then stepped up and had Cork caught for eight before bowling Tom Burrows for a duck and Northants had sealed a first ever visit to finals day of the Twenty20 Cup.