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Vitality Blast: James Vince and Ben McDermott set club record in Hampshire victory | Cricket News

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Watch the highlights of the T20 Blast clash between the Hampshire Hawks and Sussex Sharks

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Watch the highlights of the T20 Blast clash between the Hampshire Hawks and Sussex Sharks

Watch the highlights of the T20 Blast clash between the Hampshire Hawks and Sussex Sharks

James Vince and Ben McDermott claimed a new club record as Hampshire defeated Sussex by 22 runs to finally taste victory in this season’s Vitality Blast.

Vince and McDermott, who hit 65 and 60 runs respectively, combined to hit 124 to break the best opening score of the Hawks’ T20 for a massive 199-6 total.

Tim Seifert hit a superb 100 not out – setting up 69 with Delray Rawlins – in an otherwise poor chase for the Sharks as they could never control the required speed.

Hampshire had lost their first four games but have fallen off the bottom of the South Group as a result, while Sussex remain fourth after a mixed start.

After their poor start to the tournament, there seemed to be a switch for the hosts, turning aggression into ground attacks rather than chasing sixes.

Vince demonstrated this by beautifully stroking the first ball of the match through the covers after it was placed. It was just one of a series of classic Vince battle games that got the hosts off to a flying start.

On the other hand, McDermott took off with a huge straight six with his more sassy style. That was the first of five maximums for the Australian, with a first in straight and mid-wicket power outliers.

Vince – who moved up the ranks after batting to No. 3 in the Blast earlier this season – reached his first half-century of the season with his 33rd throw, before McDermott followed him four balls faster.

Ben McDermott and James Vince produced 124 . together

Ben McDermott and James Vince produced 124 . together

Their score passed Hampshire’s previous best opening score of 122, set by Michael Carberry and Mitchell Stokes against Middlesex in 2006, but – two runs later – it ended when Henry Crocombe threw Vince. It was the first of three wickets for the young fast bowler in an impressive performance.

That started Sussex’s middle-order fightback when Hampshire lost four wickets for 23 runs.

The visitors’ brilliant catch was a major reason for the momentum shift; a boundary jiggle by Fynn Hudson-Prentice and the spectacular flying catch of Obed McCoy made up for some otherwise subpar fieldwork.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice performs a miracle as he jumps over the line to deny Tom Perst a six in the T20 Blast

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Fynn Hudson-Prentice performs a miracle as he jumps over the line to deny Tom Perst a six in the T20 Blast

Fynn Hudson-Prentice performs a miracle as he jumps over the line to deny Tom Perst a six in the T20 Blast

Hampshire accelerated towards the end thanks to the inventiveness of Toby Albert and the late swing of Liam Dawson to reach their highest Ageas Bowl total since crushing 202 in 2013.

The Sussex chase never got going. The Hawks were patient before making their breakthrough in the fourth over as Luke Wright split to the middle before Ali Orr skied to wicketkeeper McDermott in the next over.

Hudson-Prentice worked to eight of 14 balls before turning James Fuller upside down. In comparison, Hampshire was 98-0 in the 10-over phase, the Sharks were 59-3 and statistically they had a one percent chance of winning.

Ravi Bopara went out, but Seifert and Rawlins had some fun with their 50 score in 24 balls, with New Zealand international Seifert plundering a personal half-century in 36 deliveries. Rawlins was exhausted and Harrison Ward was left confused on either side of a brief rain delay.

With the match already lost, Seifert looted three straight sixes in the final to collect his second T20 century of 56 balls.

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