23 Aug 2022 | Royal London Cup 2022
241 all out
313 for 9
Hampshire win by 72 runs

Aneurin Donald’s blistering career best 76 set in-form Hampshire up for a resounding Royal London Cup victory against Yorkshire at Scarborough, ensuring a home semi-final next Tuesday as a result.

Group B winners Hampshire’s 16th win in 17 games across all competitions - they comfortably defended a 314 target to win by 72 runs - also contributing to the Vikings’ exit from the competition.

Yorkshire knew a final day win would secure third place in the table and an away eliminator clash on Friday. But defeat opened the door for Glamorgan and Kent to usurp them, the latter going on to qualify.

Donald clattered five sixes in a 31-ball innings which was the feature of the Hawks’ 313 for nine having been inserted, while opener Ben Brown made 60 and Tom Prest 55.

Matthew Revis claimed his own career best four for 77 from nine overs before adding 41 as Yorkshire attempted to recover from 31 for four in reply before being bowled out for a respectable 241 inside 46 overs.

New ball seamer John Turner impressed with five for 41 from 8.3.

Hampshire lost Nick Gubbins for 38, lbw sweeping at the off-spin of Dom Bess, as their score fell to 87 for one in the 19th over on a pitch which nibbled early on.

Brown scored the bulk of his runs behind square on both sides of the wicket.

Prest slog-swept Bess over midwicket for his first six and drove Revis on the up over cover for his second. The latter came two balls before Brown drove the same bowler to cover, leaving the score at 150 for two in the 33rd.

But that only paved the way for Donald’s pyrotechnics.

Prest was 40 when the Welshman arrived at the crease, and both men were on 52 when the latter reached his fifty off 23 balls.

At one stage, he hit four sixes in as many balls, three off Jack Shutt’s off-spin. He pummelled the leg-side boundary and scattered spectators in a 3,500 crowd.

But Yorkshire limited the damage impressively.

First they removed Prest and Donald with successive balls at the end of the 41st over and the start of the 42nd - 243 for four. Prest was superbly caught at long-off by a diving Will Luxton, on as substitute fielder, off Bess before Donald picked out cover off Matthew Waite.

Revis then added another three wickets as Hampshire lower order succumbed against a host of miscues, the visitors losing seven wickets for 76 in the last 10 overs.

Revis had Fletcha Middleton caught and bowled, Toby Albert caught at cover and Turner caught at backward point.

However, Yorkshire’s top order was obliterated inside eight overs amidst significant new ball movement through the air and off the pitch.

Turner jagged one back in at Will Fraine and bowled him before getting a squared up Fin Bean caught behind.

Either side of those wickets, Ian Holland forced Harry Duke into a miscued pull to wide mid-on and bowled George Hill through the gate with an in-swinger, leaving the hosts 31 for four after 7.1 overs.

A 55-run stand between Jonny Tattersall and Waite, 25 and 28, gave Yorkshire brief respite. But they fell caught at midwicket and behind inside three overs to seamers John Campbell and Scott Currie - 106 for six in the 17th.

Revis and Bess (27) then shared 64 for the seventh wicket as Yorkshire battled back again. However, the latter was forced to retire hurt having been struck on the back of the head by a wild throw from Middleton at cover as he tried to complete a quick single.

That came at 170 for six after 32, bringing Harry Sullivan into the game as concussion sub.

Revis was caught at point by Middleton off Currie shortly afterwards before Ben Coad (24) handed Turner his third wicket at 228 for six after 42.

He bowled Sullivan for wicket number four before the game was wrapped up when Shutt top-edged him behind. Loten finished unbeaten with a consolatory 43, Yorkshire’s top score.