Royals hold on to win 2nd Friends Life t20 title
The Hampshire Royals won their second Friends Life t20 title in the space of three years thanks to a 10 run victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at a packed SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.
The 2010 winners held on despite a quick fire 72 from David Miller who smashed five boundaries and five sixes during a devastating 46 ball innings to set up a tense finish.
The Royals will feel justice was done after Miller appeared to have been caught by Neil McKenzie at midwicket at the start of his innings only for Third umpire Rob Bailey to decide the video evidence was inconclusive.
With the exception of Miller, Yorkshie’s other batsman performed poorly when it really mattered after they were restricted to a total of just 140-8 as they attempted to chase down the Royals below par total of 150-6.
It proved to be a thrilling final after Jimmy Adams (43) and James Vince (48) had helped the Hampshire Royals set Yorkshire a run chase of 151.
Adams lead the way with a quick fire 43 during a second wicket stand of 48 with Vince (36) after the early loss of Michael Carberry (8) and Neil McKenzie (4) after the Royals skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas won the toss and elected top bat first.
Simon Katich (25) and Sean Irvine (21) enjoyed cameo performances to help the Royals reach 150-6 to leave Yorkshire facing a tricky run chase to win their first Friends Life t20 title.