James Vince’s Hampshire side are through to the Royal London One Day Cup Final thanks to his chanceless 171 against Yorkshire.
Vince’s innings featured twenty boundaries and four 6’s on his way to back-to-back hundreds in the Royal London One Day Cup, in an innings that encapsulated all the talent Vince possesses, frequently striking boundaries with ease and rarely looking troubled by Yorkshire’s bowlers.
Vince entered the fray perhaps slightly earlier than he would have liked, coming to the crease in just the sixth over. However, if the Hampshire supporters were concerned, Vince very quickly put them at ease hitting an early boundary that indicated he was still very much in the form of his life.
His 8th List A hundred was reached in just 83 balls, and he passed the 150 mark 29 balls later, before eventually falling for 171 to the bowling of Adam Lyth in the 46th over with the score 313/6. Some lower order boundaries from Lewis McManus ensured Hampshire got to 348/9 from their 50 overs, with Matt Fisher picking up 1/70 from his 10 overs.
In truth, Yorkshire’s reply stuttered too much early in their innings to mount a serious challenge, losing their first three wickets for just 47 runs. Adam Lyth was the first man gone for 11 in just the fourth over and he was joined shortly afterwards by two of his colleagues. Only one Yorkshire batsman passed 30 as they stumbled to 241 all out with over 6 overs to spare.
Hampshire will be joined by Kent in the final on 30 June 2018 at Lord’s thanks to Heino Kuhn’s fourth One Day Cup hundred of the campaign saw them home against Worcestershire.
Worcester won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision which at 48/4 they may have been ruing. The rebuild began with a partnership of 140, but two quick wickets saw them slip to 199/6. A terrific fightback saw them make a further partnership of 107 for the seventh wicket to finish 306/6 from their 50 overs.
Kent’s innings got off to a similarly sluggish start, as they lost Daniel Bell-Drummond in the first over, their captain in the third and Sean Dickson in the eighth to leave them 31/3. Kuhn, however, finally received some support from his colleagues as Kent began to rebuild and chip away at the total.
Some further lower order support allowed the chase to remain on track, before Kuhn fell just three runs short of the target with 3 balls remaining in the innings. He needn’t have feared however, as Harry Podmore immediately dispatched the next ball for 4 to see Kent home.