Hol­land the hero for Hamp­shire as Es­sex’s 13-month un­beaten run comes off rails

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Ian Hol­land held his nerve as Hamp­shire ended Es­sex’s 13-month un­beaten run in all com­pe­ti­tions with a five-wicket win at Chelms­ford.

All-rounder Hol­land edged Hamp­shire over the line with a ball to spare to eke out a nervy vic­tory, hav­ing needed six off the fi­nal over.

Es­sex – who had been stunted by Ma­son Crane’s bril­liant three for 18 – had not lost since be­ing beaten by Som­er­set in the Vi­tal­ity Blast on Aug 7 last year.

In re­ply to Es­sex’s laboured 139 for six, Hamp­shire rode their luck in the early stages. Ge­orge Mun­sey was dropped by Ryan Ten Doeschate on nine, and again on 12, this time by for­mer Eng­land bats­man Tom West­ley at mid-off.

Si­mon Harmer did make the break­through when Tom Al­sop was caught by West­ley, who ap­peared to dis­lo­cate a fin­ger in the process.

Hamp­shire reached 64 for one at the half­way point and Mun­sey, who top-scored with 32, pushed the run rate along. Hav­ing forced a tie against Sur­rey at the week­end, Matt Quinn had six runs to de­fend off the fi­nal over. But Hol­land and James Fuller ro­tated the strike nicely, be­fore the for­mer handed Hamp­shire their maiden vic­tory in the 2020 Blast with a straight drive for the needed sin­gle.

Heino Kuhn marked his first in

nings as a fa­ther with a match-win­ning 42 not out from 31 balls to see Kent to a five-wicket vic­tory over

Sur­rey and their open­ing win of this sea­son’s south group qual­i­fiers.

Kuhn, whose wife Trudie gave birth to a baby daugh­ter last week, main­tained a cool head to strike four bound­aries and see the Spit­fires over the line.

Classy knocks by Hashim Amla (75) and an un­beaten 56 from Rory Burns had un­der­pinned Sur­rey’s to­tal of 161 for four. Kent had a shaky start in re­ply, but with 25 needed from the re­main­ing 24 balls, Kuhn plun­dered four off Matt Dunn, then Grant Ste­wart raised Kent’s 150 with a sliced drive to re­duce the tar­get to nine off 12 balls

Ste­wart, who fin­ished on 21, mus­cled a back-foot six over lon­goff and then sprinted a cou­ple to deep mid­wicket to win it with nine balls in hand. Mid­dle­sex’s 165 for five was not enough as Sus­sex, thanks to an un­beaten 79 from David Wiese, surged to a three-wicket win.

Northamp­ton pro­duced an all­round ef­fort with the ball to see off Birm­ing­ham Bears by 38 runs. The Steel­backs’ 158 for seven looked be­low par but the Bears strug­gled in re­ply. Mean­while, Som­er­set over­came Glam­or­gan by eight wick­ets – Tom Abell smash­ing 74 not out as they chased down their tar­get of 134.

End of the run: Si­mon Harmer could not lead his Es­sex side to vic­tory over Hamp­shire

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