Friday, 8th July 2005

Warne leads Hampshire rally

FIXTURE

Vs: Hampshire

Match: TOM1

Venue: Southgate

Day 1

Hampshire led by Shane Warne rallied from a situation of 189-7 to the relative prosperity of 331-8 on a rain and bad light shortened day at Southgate.

Warne won the toss and elected to bat, and after a minutes silence in memory of those that perished in the London bombings the previous day, Brown and Benham opened the Hampshire innings.

With Richardson and Betts getting some lateral movement and bounce, the Hampshire openers struggled to survive. Betts struck in his fifth over when he trapped Brown leg before for 15 before Scott Styris had Lamb caught at slip by Owais Shah for 7.

Alan Richardson replaced Betts at the Waterfall Road end and removed Benham caught at slip by Shah for 20 to leave the visitors 51-3 after 20 overs. Rain caused the loss of 12 overs play either side of lunch.

Scott Styris dismissed his fellow New Zealander, Craig McMillan shortly after the resumption to leave Hampshire struggling at 61-4. Crawley and Pothas applied themselves well adding 69 runs for the fifth wicket in 19 overs before Pothas was caught at cover off Chris Peploe for 26.

John Crawley reached a 70 ball fifty, but he was out for 62, caught at short leg by Ben Hutton off Peploe. Sean Ervine had scored a rapid 33 before he holed out to Paul Weekes to give Peploe a third wicket. Mascarenhas and Warne saw Hampshire through to 236-7 at tea.

Warne, who had announced his intentions earlier when hitting Peploe for a six and a four in the space of 3 balls, took 17 runs off the first over after tea, bowled by Styris. Unfortunately, he was missed at slip off Peploe when he had made 39 and he went on to reach a fifty off only 33 balls by hitting Peploe for a further six.

Mascarenhas and Warne added exactly 100 runs for the eighth wicket off only 79 balls before Mascarenhas was held at slip by Shah off Scott Styris. Udal joined Warne at the wicket and they took the Hampshire total to 316-8 when bad light brought the players off the field.

After a 58 minute delay, play resumed with four overs remaining. Warne took 14 runs off an Alan Richardson over as he finished 93 not out (off 73 balls, 3 sixes and 11 fours) with Hampshire being 331-8 at the close of play (off 77 overs).

Scott Styris took 3-61 off 17 overs, and Chris Peploe 3-85 off 14 overs.

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