Donald Knock Condemns Hampshire to T20 Blast Defeat

Report of Hampshire's NatWest T20 Blast match against Glamorgan at the SSE SWALEC Stadium

Liam Dawson (2-15) and Adam Wheater (39) produced impressive individual performances, but it was an evening which saw Hampshire fall to a five wicket defeat to Glamorgan in their NatWest T20 Blast match at the SSE SWALEC Stadium.

Stuck into bat, Wheater top-scored alongside a quickfire 32 from Shahid Afridi, but the ever-reliable Michael Hogan (4-28) helped eventually dismiss Hants for 141 in the 19th over.

Dawson and Afridi then continued their impressive form with the ball in hand, but excellent knocks from Aneurin Donald (55) and Colin Ingram (43) saw Glamorgan to the target five wickets down.

Hogan was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers as the Hampshire batsmen struggled to get him away. Steyn returned at the end of the Hampshire innings to claim the wickets of Gareth Berg, Gareth Andrew and Tino Best but it was Hogan that ripped the heart of the visitor's batting.

Coming on first change he dismissed both openers, including the dangerous James Vince who looked well set when he was bowled by Hogan for 27 (23).  

The top scorer in the Hampshire innings was Adam Wheater who offered some stability - His innings of 39 off 26 balls looked like it was going to be the base around which a competitive total.

However, wickets fell at regular intervals when Wheater was dismissed and despite Afridi’s excellent 32 from just 20 balls, Glamorgan were set a modest 142 to win.

Hampshire would have been hopeful of mounting a defence of this total when they reduced Glamorgan to 9-2 in 2.1 overs.

However, Donald shared an excellent stand with Colin Ingram worth 94 runs from just 54 balls which finished the game as a content.

Ingram departed soon after Donald to leave two new batsmen at the crease, but by then the required rate was down to just over four an over. Even the loss of Graham Wagg for just two runs was not enough for Hampshire to claw their way back into the contest, with Chris Cooke seeing the home side the victory.

Hampshire will be looking to bounce back when they start their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign on Sunday against Essex County Cricket Club at The Ageas Bowl.