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Hampshire vs Warwickshire

Match info: Yorkshire Bank 40 Final at Lord's - Final

Date: 15th Sep 2012 Umpires: R K Illingworth and N A Mallender

40-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Hampshire

244/5 (40.0 Overs)

Result

Warwickshire

244/7 (40.0 Overs)

Hampshire win by losing fewer wickets

  • Last Updated: September 15 2012, 20:11 BST

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams reflected on a year to savour after the Royals completed a trophy double with a dramatic last-ball victory Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final.

Adams and Mascarenhas celebrate with the trophy
Adams and Mascarenhas celebrate with the trophy

Three weeks after winning the Twenty20 title, Hampshire held their nerve with the scores tied and one ball remaining to beat county champions Warwickshire by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

Adams' 66 and a quick-fire half-century from Sean Ervine helped Hampshire to 244 for five, the highest total in three years of CB40 finals.

Warwickshire's chase was inspired by a magnificent 81 from Ian Bell and a four from the penultimate ball of the match from Neil Carter drew the scores level.

But Carter, in his last match for the Bears, failed to get a bat onto Kabir Ali's final delivery to leave Warwickshire on 244 for seven.

That was enough for Hampshire to claim a nailbiting victory.

"It's just brilliant," Adams said.

"You dare to have a think about what it might be like but I wouldn't have scripted it like that. It was a fantastic effort.

"You dream of playing in Lord's finals but I never dreamed of captaining a side and walking out with the boys behind me.

"I'll sit down and think about it and perhaps get a bit emotional about it. It has been unbelievable.

"I am amazingly proud of what the guys have achieved and I wouldn't trade this year for anything."

Ali came into the side for Danny Briggs, who missed the final on England Twenty20 duty and Hampshire relied on his experience at the death.

"He is a big-game player," Adams said.

"Kabir did a great job. I am very happy for him because it has been a tough old couple of years with various injuries and he came to the party today and was brilliant.

"In that last over I picked the brains of the experienced guys and picked the brains of the bowler."

Warwickshire put Hampshire in, mindful of the fact the last four Lord's finals have been won by the side batting second and they almost made it five as Bell led the charge.

Even when he fell, Chris Woakes' 24 from 16 balls took Warwickshire to the brink of victory against a side without bowling options Briggs and Dimitri Mascherenas.

"It was pretty hard to take," said Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton.

"That's really disappointing, to tie the game and then get done on the wickets.

"I did back us in the last over. I thought it was a gettable total.

"History suggests that the pitch doesn't really deteriorate second time around at Lord's over two innings.

"With the depth we have, we would have backed ourselves. I still think we would have taken that as a total."