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Jimmy Adams sends the ball to the boundary during his 61 v Somerset
Until Sunday there were some clear patterns in the T20 – for Hampshire and across the country. Hampshire had played three matches with tight (and in one case astonishing) finales but their matches had also been the slowest in terms of overall scoring rate – all three averaging below one run per ball.
In general terms the highest and fastest scoring had been in the North Division – all four innings in excess of 200 and the only aggregate over 400 had all been in that Division. Meanwhile the lower scoring Southern Division was dominated by Sussex – the reigning champions and the only side with a 100% record.
They won again on Sunday reaching a target of 144 but elsewhere the southern teams began scoring more prolifically. As Hampshire, led by Adams, passed 200 for the first time, Kent (217) and Middlesex (201) did the same. And all three of these matches produced aggregates above 390.
Until Sunday only one of the thirty matches had been abandoned with no result but the rain came to northern England and two more matches failed to finish, while Northants beat Yorkshire in a reduced Duckworth Lewis game. Northants’ 88 (v Lancs) remains the lowest score of the season.
Some Hampshire records:
Hampshire’s extraordinary defeat against Somerset set a new record, as Somerset became the first T20 side anywhere in the world ever to defend successfully a total as low as 104. Jimmy Adams innings of 61 constituted 63% of their total which, surprisingly is only the highest percentage for the county since 2008 when Adam Voges scored 66* (64%) in a total of 103-2 v Sussex in a match restricted to 13 overs. However, Jimmy’s innings is the highest proportion of a Hampshire innings that went into the final (20th) over.
T20 Debuts 2010 for Hampshire: Abdul Razzaq, C Wood, D Briggs v Kent (RB), D Christian v Glamorgan (Cardiff). K Pietersen had previously played one T20 match in 2008
Michael Carberry completed 1000 runs for Hampshire in T20 matches v Somerset
Jimmy Adams’ 101 v Surrey was his highest T20 score. In the same match Sean Ervine recorded his highest T20 score for Hampshire (54*) although two short of his best for any side. Dan Christian’s 2-37 was his best in a (so far) brief career for the county (plus three fine catches) and Chris Wood’s 3-30 was his best in the T20.
(Courtesy Sky Sports); Average first innings scores this year on 12 June was 155, the same as last year. In the first season (2003) it was 156. The highest was 166 in 2006, the lowest 137 in 2007. The following two days will have raised this year’s average
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