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Mascarenhas to sit out IPL finale

Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas is likely to miss the latter stages of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

His side, the Rajasthan Royals, became the first team to reach the semi-finals after a win on Tuesday.

The England all-rounder was keen to return to the IPL to play in the knockout stages at the end of May.

But Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove told BBC Radio Solent his skipper would "probably not" be released to return to the Shane-Warne skippered side.

Bransgrove added: "Hampshire have two important games over the weekend, so we'll see how they go."

The IPL semi-finals take place in Mumbai on 30 and 31 May, with the final on 1 June.

So far, the England all-rounder has played in just one of the Rajasthan Royals' 11 matches after a short spell.

He was only available for selection during an 11-day period at the start of May.

On Wednesday, Mascarenhas skippered the Hampshire Hawks to a four wicket win against the Worcestershire Royals in the Friends Provident Trophy at the Rose Bowl.

Chasing 202 to win, he scored an unbeaten half-century sharing a record seventh-wicket stand of 137 with Michael Brown.

Hampshire's win in the South West group keeps alive the Hawks' hopes of making the quarter finals.

They still need wins against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Sunday and against Glamorgan at the Rose Bowl on Bank Holiday Monday to have a chance of making the knockout stages.

Last year Hampshire lost the Friends Provident final against Durham at Lords.

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