Royals survive batting collapse to seal victory

Aaron Moores | cricket20

The defending Friends Life t20 champions made it four wins in a row to start this years tournament in fine style thanks to a 2 wicket victory over the Glamorgan Dragons in a tense low scoring affair at the Rose Bowl.

Faced with a victory target of 121 the Hampshire Royals sneaked home with four balls to spare thanks to Danny Briggs (4) and Dominic Cork (9) who held their nerve with a 9th wicket stand of 6 after the home side lost three wickets in the space of 15 deliveries.

With the tension mounting, the defending champions suffered a lower order slump which saw Nic Pothas (8), Dimitri Mascarenhas (14) and Chris Wood (3) depart in quick succession as the Dragons though back to give the home side a scare.

The run chase didn’t get off to a good start after Jimmy Adams (0) was dismissed by Graham Wagg from just the 4th delivery of the innings but despite the lose Michael Lumb (18) and James Vince (32) steered the Royals towards the Dragons total.

Neil McKenzie added 23 runs before the Royals suffered a middle order collapse which left Briggs and Cork to hold their nerve and complete victory over the Dragons who suffered their first defeat of the tournament.

Having won the toss the visitors suffered a torrid time with the bat after they had slumped to just 97-8 but Chris Cooke scored 19 valuable runs to help the Dragons reach 120-9.

Briggs (24-4) led the way picking up four wickets for the Royals as the Dragons top order failed to fire with the exception of Jim Allenby (28) who ended the innings as the Dragons top scorer.
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