LiveHampshire Royals v Auckland Aces (as it happened)

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

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Summary

  • Auckland beat Hampshire by 8 wickets with 33 balls to spare, ending the Royals' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League in South Africa.
  • Man-of-the-match Azhar Mahmood took 5-24 before hitting 55* from just 31 balls at Supersport Park, Centurion.
  • Michael Carberry's 65-ball 65 helped Hampshire to 121-8, but he lacked support and it never looked like being enough.

3:20pm

Hampshire captain Dimi Mascarenhas: "It's shame when the wicket dictates the whole game. To their credit they got it in right areas and we were never going to win with 120.

"The toss was where it went wrong firstly but Carbs played nicely. We thought we had a chance of 140 at one stage, but we kept losing wickets.

"We knew it would be tough and hoped Auckland would lose yesterday so we'd get the double chnace.

"But we still want to beat Sialkott tomorrow - we don't want to go back on the back of another defeat." 

3:08pm

Auckland win by 8 wickets with 33 balls to spare. Fitting that Azhar Mahmood should score the winning runs, a square cut 4 against Glenn Maxwell's third ball.

3:08pm

6! Mahmood sweeps Afridi over mid-wicket to bring up his 12th T20 fifty - off just 29 balls. 119-2

3:06pm

4! This is looking a different wicket to the one Hampshire batted on...111-2

3:04pm

3:04pm

4! 4! What an all-round performance this is from Mahmood (40*). Successive fours, cut and pulled against Ervine,  have taken Auckland to the cusp of victory. 106-2 (13)

3:00pm

A mixed bag of an Afridi over included three wides. 93-2 (12) 

2:57pm

WICKET! Kabir Ali takes the catch at long on, Guptill falling to Afridi for 38 (31 balls). 90-2 (11.1)

2:56pm

6! 14 off Dawson's first over, ended by Mahmood's colossal hit into the main stand at Supersport Park. 90-1 (11) 

2:53pm

6! Mahmood took a step back and clobbered Dawson's first ball for a flat maximum into a pool of water way beyond the cover boundary. 82-1 (10.1)

2:51pm

Better from Sean Ervine but it's only a matter of time now. Big shame that tomorrow's second game against the Sialkot Stallions will be a dead rubber. 76-1 (10)

2:47pm

Ervine on now, with Auckland needing just 50 from 11 overs. 72-1 (9)

2:45pm

4! Mahmood cuts Afridi away for another boundary

2:44pm

6! Another maximum high over mid-wicket, this time from Azhar Mahmood. Might be worth Chris Wood switching to over the wicket...67-1 (8)

2:43pm

6! Guptill flicks Wood over the rope at mid-wicket. Auckland no doubt helped by an extra 2 weeks prep in SA, having flown out a fortnight before Hampshire's arrival at the weekend.

2:40pm

Encouraging start from Afridi, just the 3 off his 1st over. 53-1 (7)

2:38pm

Talking of magic, Afridi is now on...

2:37pm

That Adams catch gets better with every replay but Hampshire need a lot more magic. Otherwise they'll be going home on Friday. 50-1 (6)

2:36pm

WICKET Former Auckland man Jimmy Adams held on to a sensational catch in the covers immediately after Chris Wood had shelled a return catch. Vincent gone for 19 (16 balls). 49-1 (5.4)

2:33pm

2:33pm

followed by a wide...

2:32pm

Chris Wood conceded a one-bounce 4 to Guptill with his first ball... 47-0 (5.1)

2:31pm

2:31pm

Dimi frustrated after conceding three fours in 4 balls to Vincent. 43-0 (5)

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:29pm

Vincent breaks his bat driving Dimi for 4 over mid-off. 35-0 (4.3)

2:27pm

 That's 14 from 3 deliveries for Guptill v Kabir, far too much width. Kabir replied with a couple of slower balls but it's Auckland's over. 30-0 (4)

2:25pm

6! Martin Guptill has driven Kabir for a straight maximum, at 91 metres the biggest today. 

2:24pm

Auckland 15-0 (3) after a rare drop from Bates standing up to Dimi. A half chance in fairness but one you would expect him to take.  

2:23pm

Glenn Maxwell: "Losing the toss on an interesting wicket didn't help."

2:20pm

Good last delivery from Kabir, a full-length inswinger. 13-0 (2)

2:18pm

3 runs to deep mid-off for NZ star Guptill. 12-0 (1.4)

2:16pm

Kabir's first ball is a full toss on leg stump but he's got away with it. Just a Guptill single. 8-0

2:15pm

2 wides in that opening Dimi over 7-0 (1)

2:14pm

Lou Vincent's carved the Aces' first boundary through the covers... 6-0

2:11pm

Danny Briggs would have been invaluable on this wicket, but it should also suit Dimi  Mascarenhas, who has started with a dot ball

2:09pm

1:58pm

Andre Adams: "It's a bit of a sticky wicket, even I was turning it! But the sun's out so hopefully it will flatten out for us."

1:57pm

Sensational 1-handed catch plucked by Vincent on the long-off boundary finally saw off Carbeerry for a run-a-ball 65, but the Royals still took 12 off that last over. They finish on 121-8 to at least ensure that Auckland will need just over a run-a-ball. 

1:51pm

Carberry begins the final over by guiding Bates full toss for 4 to wide long-on boundary

1:51pm

Carberry survives after skying another attempted pull. Mahmood just misses out on a c & b but he's got to be happy with a career-best 5-23. 109-7 (19)

1:48pm

WICKET Mahmood has his 5th wicket, Mascarenhas slicing to the cover boundary, gone for a 2-ball 0. 108-6 (18.3)

1:46pm

WICKET Dawson's  top-edged pull v Mahmood goes for another 4 vital runs - but then he drives straight to cover for 13 (11 balls). 108-6 (11.2)

1:45pm

Valuable Carberry 4 squeezed off his legs to deep backward square. 104-5 (18)

1:44pm

Hampshire 100-5 (18), but need 2 big overs to be competitive

1:42pm

Carberry has his 11th T20 fifty. His 51* from 58 balls has kept the Royals in this game. 98-5

1:40pm

the left-arm seam of Michael Bates is returning... 2-0-6-0 so far

1:39pm

Dawson's doing a good job keeping Carberry (49*) company and on strike. 95-5 (17)

1:38pm

Carberry goes to 44 by driving an Adams full  toss through deep cover - then slashes another boundary to third man. 93-5

1:37pm

Hampshire are going to struggle to get the 130 manager Giles White reckons they need. 85-5 (16)

1:34pm

Carberry's done exceptionally well. Ball's not coming on but he's 39* and Dawson (3*)is with him. 5 overs to go. 83-5 (15)

1:32pm

1:32pm

Replays determining whether Mills stopped Carberry's late cut inside the rope...strangely, the answer's yes. 81-5

1:29pm

Aussie Maxwell would have loved to pummell the Kiwis, but young Hira got the wicket the New Zealanders most wanted. 78-5 (14)

1:28pm

WICKET Glenn Maxwell has gone! That's the last thing Hants needed. 11 from 7 balls. Caught on long-on boundary. 77-5 (13.5)

1:26pm

Hopefully this is the calm before the Maxwell storm. 75-4 (13)

1:23pm

Another Maxwell 4, guided down to rope at fine-leg. 72-4

1:22pm

Glenn Maxwell nicks his first ball for 4 v Mahmood

1:21pm

WICKET! Ervine's gone for a run-a-ball 16, splicing to long-on against Hira. 64-4 (12)

1:20pm

1:19pm

One-bounce 4 from Carberry, powerfully pulled v NZ international Hira

1:18pm

Big Ervine 6 against Ronnie Hira over mid-wicket, hitting with the slow left-armer's turn. 58-3

1:17pm

Kyle Mills (4-0-22-0) has bowled beautifully to left-handers Carberry 28* and Ervine 9*. 51-3 (11)

1:15pm

Hampshire manager Giles White: "It's a tough wicket, but if get 130 we've got half a chance."

1:13pm

Ervine makes the most of a full toss from young slow left-armer Ronnie Hira. Easy 4 runs, but Hampshire have to accelerate soon. 48-3 (10)

1:10pm

Hampshire 41-3 (9). The Royals need a good last 11 overs but have the firepower.

1:09pm

1st 4 in more than 3 overs for Hants as Carberry's cut against Adams flies over cover. 40-3 in the 9th

1:08pm

Hampshire 36-3 (8), just the 4 singles off that Michael Bates over. Carberry's 18*, Ervine's 3*. 

1:04pm

Good over from Andre Adams, who's well known to Hants from their clashes with Notts over the years.  32-3 (7) 

1:03pm

all 3 wickets in 14 Mahmood deliveries

1:00pm

Hampshire going at less than a run-a-ball with Vince, Adams and Afridi all back in the hutch. 29-3 (6)

12:58pm

WICKET! Great catch from Andre Adams at long on, Afridi out for a 4-ball duck. 28-3 (5.4)

12:56pm

Supersport Park emptier than the Ageas Bowl on the 1st day of a County Championship match

12:54pm

Steep bouncer from Kyle Mills, followed by a top-edged 4 from a Carberry pull. Playing at altitude  ensures the ball travels like Hants have not experienced before at this level. 27-2 (5) 

12:52pm

The pull is Carberry's favourite shot but, other than the top-edged 6 early on, it's not coming off at the moment.

12:51pm

Afridi's form with the bat was poor at the World Twenty20, but he's in at 4

12:50pm

WICKET Jimmy Adams gone for a 3-ball duck, ct behind after driving loosely at a wide ball. Excellent comeback from Mahmood, following that first six with 2wkts and three dots. 

12:48pm

Jimmy Adams lost at this stage of the Champions League with the Aces last year 

12:48pm

Jimmy Adams in against his former Auckland teammates...

12:47pm

WICKET Vince gone for 11 (7 balls) attempting a repeat, spliced to Andre Adams at mid-on. 23-1 (3.3)

12:45pm

Vince smashes the former Kent man's first ball for 6 over long-on, on to the grass bank at Centurion

12:44pm

Mahmood coming on, a familiar face to Hants from county cricket

12:44pm

Hampshire 17-0 (3); Carbs 11, Vince 5

12:42pm

Vince's first 4 slashed high over Mahmood at slip 

12:42pm

 Carbs cuts Mills to fielder on the cover boundary. 12-0 (2.3)

12:40pm

much better line from medium pacer Bates after that opening wide. Vince struggling against the left-armer's medium pace cutters. 11-0 (2) 

12:36pm

Bates begins with a wide

12:34pm

Good comeback from NZ international Kyle Mills, Carberry guiding last ball of 1st over for a single down to deep backward point. 9-0 (1)

12:32pm

Carberry's just hit 6! Top edged pull v Mills over fine leg

12:31pm

Carberry dives into the crease, taking two after working first ball into leg side

12:26pm

Dimi admits that Hampshire would also have bowled first

12:25pm

12:22pm

Auckland unchanged from the team that beat Sialkot yesterday: Guptill, Vincent, Mahmood, Kitchen, Hopkins, Munro, De Grandhomme, Hira, Mills, Adams, Bates.

12:21pm

Hampshire: Vince, Carberry, Adams, Afridi, Ervine, Maxwell, Dawson, Mascarenhas, Wood, Kabir Ali, Bates.

12:08pm

Auckland won the toss and have inserted Hampshire in humid conditions.  Rain is forecast later this afternoon.

11:57am

11:57am Wed 10 Oct 12

SO50 Saint says

C'Mon the Shire!

11:57am

11:44am Wed 10 Oct 12

Puddletown Saint says

Lets go for

Carbs
Vince
Jimmy
Slug
Daws
Shahid
Max
Dimi
Woody
Master
Griff COYR

11:30am

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11:44am Wed 10 Oct 12

Puddletown Saint says...

Lets go for

Carbs
Vince
Jimmy
Slug
Daws
Shahid
Max
Dimi
Woody
Master
Griff COYR
Lets go for Carbs Vince Jimmy Slug Daws Shahid Max Dimi Woody Master Griff COYR Puddletown Saint
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11:57am Wed 10 Oct 12

SO50 Saint says...

C'Mon the Shire!
C'Mon the Shire! SO50 Saint
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5:01pm Wed 10 Oct 12

mad pierre says...

Sensational fielding from Auckland.Mahmood was unplayable at times. Good effort by Carbs. Strange tournament format though. Geared toward subcontinent team
Sensational fielding from Auckland.Mahmood was unplayable at times. Good effort by Carbs. Strange tournament format though. Geared toward subcontinent team mad pierre
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