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Hampshire pull off ‘the great escape’ to defeat Northamptonshire

Royal London One Day Cup

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Jack Campbell coached Hampshire to an unlikely comeback victory as the fast bowler routed the lower order Northamptonshire Steelback on the Isle of Wight.

Summary of the match

Hampshire vs Northamptonshire, Group B, Royal London One-Day Cup

Hampshire 199/10 (40.2 vo)

Northamptonshire 188/10 (40.2 vo)

Result – Hampshire won by 11 runs

Scorecard

The Steelbacks needed just 24 runs in their 200 chase with five wickets in hand, but collapsed in a heap to lose by 11 runs.

Campbell took three for 17, including two balls from two, before John Turner struck the last wicket to eliminate Northamptonshire for 188 to continue Hampshire’s perfect start to the Royal London Cup.

Rob Keogh had led the game in front of 2,000 spectators at Newclose with a career-best three for 32 coupled with an authoritative 74, before Hampshire’s late show.

Northamptonshire had full control of the chase as Hampshire moved its show to the Isle of Wight for the first time since 2019.

Ricardo Vasconcelos’ poor form continued when he was below a second ball from Keith Barker on the outside. Will Young followed up fairly soon after as Scott Currie extracted a rebound on the second slip.

But Emilio Gay and Keogh settled the heats in style. The pair adding 52 runs. Keogh was imperious throughout. He snapped three fours in a row on Currie, starting with a crisp slap cut to get his sleeves moving. It all looked simple for Keogh as he hit his 50s in 57 balls.

Every time Northamptonshire seemed to be galloping to victory, a wicket added a feeling of nervousness. Gus Miller had been carefree for 31 but crashed to cover, while Ben Curran stuttered before another ball went downfield as he offered a catch-and-throw single for Currie.

With 23 carries still needed, Keogh fell victim to the stalled pitch and was caught midway before the previously cheap Campbell caught Nathan Buck and Ben Sanderson in back-to-back deliveries to completely alter the momentum.

James Sales was yorked by Campbell before a short delivery from Turner skied to the point to complete a famous victory in Hampshire.

Earlier, Nick Gubbins didn’t hesitate when he chose to strike on a brilliantly warm day and on a pitch that looked perfect for batting. It soon turned out otherwise.

Instead of accelerating, the ball got stuck in the wicket to make it difficult to time the ball. Aneurin Donald was the first to find out when he guided the 12th match point to the point before Gubbins found himself on the second slide in the next inning.

Ben Brown was in the leg before a low-rebound delivery from Nathan Buck after going 45 with Tom Perst before Fletcha Middleton continued to recover the situation with a quick 51-point partnership.

Perst, on the back of a superb 181 against the Kent Spitfires, scored the offside as he played the ball as late as he dared. His timing was proven with a straight ride early and continued with late cuts.

His piece de resistance was a leap and elegant drive over extra coverage to elevate his half-century in 54 balls, but fell on the next delivery when Alex Russell seduced him into flight, as the ball went found in the hands of an extra blanket.

Middleton had racked up 35 before Keogh started turning the screw. The off-spinner pinned a concrete-footed Middleton, then grabbed Felix Organ and threw a full pitch four balls later.

Keogh added a third when he toppled the stump top of Toby Albert as Hampshire’s middle order fumbled without finding meaningful partnerships.

Barker, on his white ball debut for Hampshire, provided a few late inning runs with 38 but the Steelbacks refused to let the game get away from them as Jack White had Barker top of the deep square and Jack Campbell behind, while Currie was defeated by a Buck short ball. Hampshire played for 199 with 57 unused balls.

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