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Yorkshire knocked out of Royal London Cup after Hampshire defeat

It was the 16th win for Group B winners Hampshire in 17 games in all competitions.

Scarborough: Hampshire 313-9, Yorkshire 241 – Hampshire win by 72 points


Aneurin Donald’s career-best 76 put Hampshire in shape for a resounding Royal London Cup victory over Yorkshire in Scarborough, securing a home semi-final next Tuesday.

Winners of Group B, Hampshire’s 16th victory in 17 games in all competitions – they comfortably defended a 314 target to win by 72 points – also helped the Vikings exit the competition.

Yorkshire knew a victory on the final day would secure third place in the table and an away playoff clash on Friday. But the defeat opened the door for Glamorgan and Kent to usurp them, with the latter qualifying. Donald hit five sixes in a 31-ball inning, which was the Hawks’ hallmark 313 for 9 having been inserted, while flyhalf Ben Brown made 60 and Tom Perst 55.

Matthew Revis won his own career-best 4 for 77 from nine overs before adding 41 as Yorkshire tried to recover from 31 for 4 in response before being knocked out for a respectable 241 in 46 overs. Dressmaker John Turner impressed with 5 for 41.

Hampshire lost Nick Gubbins for 38, lbw sweeping Dom Bess’ counter-tour, as their score fell to 87 for 1 in the 19th on an early chipping ground. Brown scored most of his runs behind the square on both sides of the wicket.

Perst swept Bess over midwicket for his first six and drove Revis to top coverage for his second. The latter came two balls before Brown drove the same bowler to cover, leaving the score at 150 for 2 in the 33rd. But that only paved the way for Donald’s pyrotechnics.

Perst was 40 when the Welshman arrived at the crease, and both men were 52 when the latter hit his fifty balls from 23. At one point he hit four sixes in as many balls, three off rotation from Jack Shutt. He hit the leg-side border and scattered the spectators into a crowd of 3,500. But Yorkshire limited the damage impressively.


Dom Bess was forced to retire injured (Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

They first knocked out Perst and Donald with successive balls at the end of the 41st over and the start of the 42nd – 243 for 4. Perst was caught superbly wide by a diving Will Luxton, as a substitute outfielder, off Bess before Donald chose Matthew Waite’s cover.

Revis then added three more wickets as Hampshire’s lower order succumbed to a host of errors, with the visitors losing seven wickets for 76 in the final 10 overs. Revis caught and threw Fletcha Middleton, Toby Albert caught for cover and Turner caught at backpoint. However, Yorkshire’s best order was obliterated in eight overs amid yet another significant ball movement in the air and off the pitch.

Turner threw one back at Will Fraine and threw it before getting caught by Fin Bean squared off. On either side of those wickets, Ian Holland forced Harry Duke into a bad mid-pull and launched George Hill through the gate with an in-swinger, leaving the hosts 31 for 4 after 7.1 overs.

A 55-point stand between Jonny Tattersall and Waite, 25 and 28, gave Yorkshire a brief respite. But they fell mid-wicket and behind inside three overs against setters John Campbell and Scott Currie – 106 for 6 in the 17th.

Revis and Bess (27) then shared 64 for the seventh wicket as Yorkshire fought back again. However, the latter was forced to retire injured after being hit on the back of the head by a wild throw from Middleton from cover as he tried to complete a quick single.

It came at 170 for 6 after 32, bringing Harry Sullivan into the game as a sub-concussive. Revis was caught on point by Middleton off Currie shortly after before Ben Coad (24) gave Turner his third wicket at 228 for 6 after 42.

He pitched Sullivan for the number four wicket before the end of the game when Shutt got ahead of him. Loten finished unbeaten with a consolation 43, Yorkshire’s best score.

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