Southampton – Captain James Vince led Hampshire to a second Royal London Cup final on Sunday (12 May). James also scored 79 invaluable runs in the 4 wicket win over Lancashire.
On Saturday, England supporters at The Ageas Bowl celebrated Jos Buttler’s innings. On the same ground, and just one day later, it was Hampshire’s turn to celebrate their success,
Batting first, Lancashire made 241 with Gareth Berg taking 5 wickets and Mason Crane claiming 3-42.
Early in their run chase, Hampshire were misfiring. At 23-3, the odds were drifting towards a Lancashire win, when James was joined in the middle by Rilee Rossouw (85).
First, the pair dealt with the speed of Saqib Mahmood and the guile of James Anderson, before adding 122 for the 4th wicket.
James’ innings was one of pure unhurried refinement. His 50 came in 55 balls (6 fours). He was unfortunate to be run out after scoring 79 runs in 86 balls (7 fours, 1 six).
In James’ seven Royal London Cup matches in 2019, he has scored 509 runs (AVG 72.71), including a career best 190 vs. Gloucestershire.
After playing for England vs. Ireland, James was then selected for the abandoned first match vs. Pakistan. Yesterday’s innings will have given the England selectors a further heavy nudge to include James in the final 15 for the World Cup.
Hampshire will play Somerset in the final at Lord’s on 25 May.
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