Defending champions seal Finals Day place

Aaron Moores | cricket20

The Hampshire Royals cruised through to the Friends Life t20 Finals day thanks to a comprehensive 55 run victory over the Durham Dynamos in a one sided game at the Rose Bowl.

The Royals remain on course to become the first team to successfully defend their t20 title thanks to impressive performances from Neil McKenzie (56) and Danny Briggs (5-19) in front of a sell out crowd at the Rose Bowl.

Faced with a victory target of 155, the Dynamos suffered a torrid time with the bat as their Friends Life t20 campaign ended on a disappointing note after they were bowled out for just 99.

McKenzie smashed four boundaries and two sixes to help the Royals record a total of 154-6 despite the loss of Shahid Afridi (0) who was run out without facing a ball in the opening over.

Sean Ervine (35) and Jimmy Adams (20) enjoyed cameo roles to leave the visitors facing a tricky run chase as they looked to book their place in the Finals day for the first time since 2008.

Despite a positive start from Ben Stokes (28), the Dynamos run chase failed to get started thanks to Briggs who picked up four wickets including that of Stokes to leave the visitors 67-5 at the end of the 12 over.

With the exception of Stokes, no other Dynamos player made a significant contribution with the bat as the visitors top order failed to fire before Imran Tahir (1-18), Afridi (2-13) and Briggs cleaned up the tail with little resistant’s to seal a comprehensive victory.
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