Hampshire and Kent Spitfires will contest the Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord’s on Saturday 30th June, as the two sides from the tournament’s South Group were both victorious in their semi-finals this week.
On Sunday, the Spitfires edged a thrilling affair with North Group winners Worcestershire Rapids at Blackfinch New Road.
Kent, who had defeated Nottinghamshire Outlaws in their play-off match at Trent Bridge to earn a semi-final spot, reduced the hosts to 48 for 4 but Ben Cox’s stunning 122 not out from 106 balls, as well as half-centuries from Brett D’Oliveira (78) and Ed Barnard (50 not out), helped the Rapids recover to 306 for 6 from their 50 overs.
Kent had a similarly tough start to their innings as they slumped to 31 for 3 but Heino Kuhn’s magnificent 127, his fourth century in his last five outings in the competition, along with half-centuries from Adam Rouse (70) and Alex Blake (61) put the visitors in sight of victory, and they squeaked home with two balls and two wickets remaining.
South Group winners Hampshire enjoyed a more comfortable route to the final as James Vince’s 171 helped them defeat Yorkshire Vikings by 107 runs at the Ageas Bowl on Monday.
Vince’s eighth List A century, and his second successive ton in the tournament, came from only 126 balls as the captain put on 142 for the third wicket with former Kent skipper Sam Northeast (58).
Their 348 for 9 always looked a tough target for Yorkshire and despite a defiant 89 from wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Tattersall, the Vikings were bowled out for 241 in the 44th over. The spin of Liam Dawson was the pick of the bowling for Hampshire, as the left-armer claimed figures of 4 for 47, whilst Chris Wood picked up 3 for 46.
The stage is now set at the Home of Cricket for a mouth-watering clash between the two sides. Kent will be making their first appearance in a Lord’s final since 2008 when they were defeated by Essex, however Hampshire fared better in their last previous Lord’s final, beating Warwickshire to win the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
In last year’s final, Nottinghamshire beat Surrey by four wickets as Alex Hales’ unbeaten 187 broke the record for the highest individual score at Lord’s, after Mark Stoneman had earlier scored 144 for Surrey who lost in the final for the third season in a row.
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