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Ben McDermott hit his fourth Blast fifty of season as Hampshire beat Glamorgan

30 Jun 2023 3 minute read
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Ben McDermott smashed his fourth fifty of the Vitality Blast season against Glamorgan to put defending champions Hampshire Hawks in prime position for a quarter-final spot.

Australian McDermott pinged 54 off 27 as Hampshire scored 97 for two in 9.2 overs before rain descended on the Ageas Bowl and Glamorgan were set 83 in six overs.

Colin Ingram splattered a quick-fire 34 to give the Welsh side hope but John Turner’s two-run over and good defensive bowling from Nathan Ellis and James Fuller meant the Hawks restricted them to 54 for one and won by 21 runs.

Hampshire moved level with Surrey in second on 16 points to open up the possibility of a home knockout tie, and victory against Gloucestershire on Sunday would confirm their progression.

Glamorgan’s unlikely route to the quarter-finals, which would have needed two wins and a big net run rate swing, is now ended.


James Vince had initially been the aggressor, having been asked to bat by Glamorgan, with the first legal delivery of the match carted to the straight boundary.

But he fell to a steepling catch at fine leg by Prem Sisodiya in the fourth over to give Jamie McIlroy his 19th wicket of a successful campaign.

On his return from a broken foot, Tom Prest leaned back and pummelled his third delivery for six but was leg before to Peter Hatzoglou soon after.

McDermott had taken control of that 48-run stand with a pair of maximums to the longest boundary at midwicket and another over square leg.

The Hobart Hurricanes star has been overshadowed by Vince’s scoring exploits but has now hit 371 runs at a strike-rate of 144.

He reached his half-century in 23 balls as the Hawks intelligently raced to 97 for two in 9.2 overs before the persistent drizzle kept the players off for just over two hours.

Glamorgan were given six overs, with an eight-ball powerplay, to find their way to their new target and sent overseas Ingram up to open with Kiran Carlson.

Ingram did what he was asked to do in the first over by hitting a six over long off before a pair of boundaries in a 19-over opening.

But Turner bounced back with a superb second over which only went for two and included five dot balls.

Ellis and Benny Howell kept the visitors under the rate before the former had the dangerous Ingram caught for a 13-ball 34 with 40 needed off 10 balls.

Ellis only went for 17 in his two overs before Fuller’s finale was cut three balls short as rain returned with an impossible 29 still needed.

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