Rain helps Hants book another t20 quarter-final

MATT PRIOR (Neil Marshall)

MATT PRIOR (Neil Marshall)

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

HAMPSHIRE secured a fourth Friends Life t20 quarter-final in as many seasons after heavy rain came to their rescue at a sodden Ageas Bowl.

England’s Matt Prior blasted the Royals attack for a sensational 81 from only 37 balls as Sussex reached a formidable 203-5 before the second and final downpour ended the match in the 18th over.

The deluge gave the Royals a share of the two points that is enough to guarantee them a place in the last eight.

Hampshire’s Jimmy Adams admitted:”We got lucky with the weather! That was a bonus, the rain gave us a helping hand.

“The weather’s been a nightmare and is frustrating for everyone but chasing 200-plus would have been very difficult and we’re delighted we’ve qualified.

“Hopefully we can beat Essex on Sunday and make it a home tie.”

Essex beat Kent last night but Hampshire's point guarantees a quarter-final place, at worst as the second-best of the three third-placed sides.

A Royals win against Essex at The Ageas Bowl on Sunday (2.40pm start) will be enough to earn a home tie as the best of the runners-up if Nottinghamshire lose at home to North Group rivals Leicestershire.

Full story in Saturday's Daily Echo

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1:03am Sat 7 Jul 12

Mongoose says...

Shame about the rain Fantastic batting from Prior PS did anyboy find a set of car keys xx
Shame about the rain Fantastic batting from Prior PS did anyboy find a set of car keys xx Mongoose
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