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Friends Provident Trophy Final Durham v Hampshire

Hampshire won the toss and chose to field first, a decision they were going to regret especially after Kyle Coetzer and Shiv Chanderpaul put on a 111 run partnership off 119 balls for the 3rd wicket. At this stage, Durham were 180-3 off 32 overs and looking like a total of 270 would be in the equation. Six overs later, Chanderpaul was run out, for 78 off 79 balls including 8 fours and 2 sixes. The captain, Dale Benkenstein came to the crease and helped to put on a 58 run partnership for the 5th wicket before Collingwood was out for a painful 22 off 35 balls, a really slow innings in comparison to the rest of the side. Durham was placed nicely with 278 on the board and 13 balls to go.

Otis Gibson came to join Benkenstein in the middle as the non-striker and a single off the last ball meant he would wait a little longer to face his first ball. In the 48th over Tremlett managed to get a dot ball in and only allow a single to Benkenstein off the second ball before Gibson faced his first ball, which he carted for a six and then smashed a four off the next ball. Tremlett not being too pleased with this sent down a life flashing before your eyes beamer that had Gibson ducking for cover. Gibson managed 3 runs off Tremlett’s last 2 balls bringing up 16 runs for the over.

Powell was given the honour to bowl the last over and must have thought he was onto something with 3 singles off his first 3 balls. However, Benkenstein had other ideas. He finished the innings off with a six and two fours, bringing the total to 312/5 a record for a FP trophy final. Benkenstein ended up with 61 off 43 balls.

Hampshire knew that a good start would be vital and it was a dream start if you were a Durham supporter as Gibson, probably the oldest opening bowler ever in county cricket snapped up Michael Lumb with the first ball of the match and Ervine with the second ball. Hampshire were going nowhere after a start like this and just to ensure that there would be no revival Gibson picked up his third wicket in the 9th over which happened to be Kevin Pietersen leaving them reeling at 17-3 after 9 overs.

There was some resistance from JP Crawley and the rain which appeared just after Crawley was bowled by Collingwood. The reserve day had to be used, which allowed Hampshire to resume on Sunday where they left off at 153/5 chasing 160 off 18 overs. They managed 34 runs for the last 5 wickets and took a massive 125 run defeat at the hands of Durham. Nicky Pothas again re-enforced why I think he should be the first choice keeper for England with a handy 47 runs off 52 balls, the second highest score for Hampshire.

Friends Provident trophy 6 may

Essex batted first against Kent, making 234 Andre Nel contributed 6* whilst Andrew Hall picked 2-31 in 8, Ryan Mclaren 3-56 in 10. Hall came in at 3 for Kent, managing 7 off 16, whilst Martin van Jaarsveld wasnt much better, getting 14 off 29. Nel went for 42 and picked up Geraint Jones who opened the batting.

Lancashire posted 289/3 in their 50 overs. Van der Wath and Klusener both went for 50, van der wath 2-50 in 10 and Klusener 0-51 in 9. Northamptonshire got to 100-3 after 21 and lost by 20 runs on the Duckworth Lewis system.

 Leicestershire faced Scotland who made 255 in their first innings. Arno Jacobs made 49 for Scotland. Langeveldt was wicketless in his 10 overs conceding 46 runs. HD Ackerman ensured that a South African scored a half century, making 51 in his innings and finding some good form. Leicestershire won the match by 4 wickets off the final ball.

Somerset faced Ireland, and Nantie Hayward did exactly as predicted and expected going for 60 off his 10 but picking up 3 wickets, lack of consistency has cost him at the international level, but maybe with age will come wisdom.

Round up of 29 April Friends Provident trophy matches

Kent faced Ireland in their second Friends Provident Trophy game on Sunday with the SA duo of Van Jaarsveld and Mclaren looking to come right in the one day format. Unfortunately Van Jaarsveld struggled again reaching 11 whilst Mclaren only got one better on 12. Kent reached 231 in their 50 overs. Mclaren performed much better with the ball after his disastrous first game where he was hammered for 71 off 9. This time round he showed why I wont be surprised to see him enter into the international fray, picking up 2-16 in 7. He has like Jacques Rudolph, entered into the Kolpak arena and is currently not available for selection. Kent won by 58 runs.

Yorkshire travelled to Scotland and were sent in to bat. Jacques Rudolph managed 34 off 40 whilst Yorkshire posted a very healthy 259. Scotland managed to sign Arno Jacobs, a classy left hander that has played for SA “A” side a few times before. Even though Jacobs only managed 7 and Scotland lost by 42 runs, he will be a good asset in their side and should score many runs in their fixtures.

Durham hosted Derbyshire and batted first with Benkenstein failing with the bat only making 1 run. Many fans of provincial cricket in South Africa will remember Ottis Gibson a man who reportedly hit the clock tower at the Wanderers stadium with an enormous six!! At the age of 38 he is still playing the game and managed 41 at a run a ball and picked up 1-39 in his 7. Benkenstein used the benefits of being captain and bowled himself, going for 1-27 off 7, a very tidy spell, but it couldn’t help Durham defending 212 and they lost by 4 wickets

Nic Pothas didn’t trouble the scorers and Lumb managed 11 in Hampshire’s embarrassing reply of 75 against Essex who posted 210

Lancashire batted first against Warwickshire managing 183. Steyn picked uo 2-35 in 8 and Groenewald managed 1-33 in 8.2. the best bowler for Warwickshire was another African, in the form of ex-Zimbabwean player, Heath Streak who claimed 4-37 in 10. In the reply, Jonathan Trott managed 5, Streak 28, Groenewald 36 with 5 sixes??!!! Surely that must be a typing error? His only boundaries being all over the rope? Warwickshire scraped home with a 2 wicket win.

Even the South African duo of Van der Wath and Klusener were powerless against Nottinghamshire who carded 328 in their innings, with Van der Wath going for 0-55 in 10 and Klusener 0-46 in 6. The reply was not good enough as Northamptonshire were all out for 206, Klusener contributing 2 and Van der Wath 20.

Charl Willoughby picked up 1-41in 9 against Sussex, and their total of 287 allowed them a 37 run win. Willoughby got out first ball to end the run chase of Somerset.

HD Ackerman is still struggling, managing only 9 for Leicestershire against Worcestershire, Henderson picked up 6 runs before being run out. He also picked up 1-26 in 5 overs.
 

Friends Provident Trophy 22 April

This trophy is contested in one day format of 50 overs.

In the game betweeen Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, Warwickshire batted first reaching 297. Lance Klusener managed 5* off 7 and Johan van der Wath 23 off 9!!! Dale Steyn picked up 3-58 in 10 and Groenewald 1-59 in 9. 297 seems a big score, however Warwickshire managed to get it with one ball remaining, and only 4 wickets down. Van der Wath went for 50 off 9.5 and Klusener 67 off 10. The hero for Warwickshire was Jonathan Trott, making 125 off 126. He is the half brother of Kenny Jackson and another South African with a British passport. He was at Stellenbosch University before moving to the UK.

Ryan Mclaren and Martin van Jaarsveld continue to disappoint, with sub standard performances against Surrey. Kent managed 271, with van Jaarsveld contributing 4 and Mclaren 11 off 6 balls. Mclaren got hammered and went for 71 in 9 although he did pick  up a wicket.

Jacques Rudolph contributed 24 in Yorkshire 37 run win over Nottinghamshire, and was run out.

Neither HD Ackerman nor Claude Henderson performed for Leicestershire against Durham. Ackerman managed 4 with the bat, Henderson didnt trouble the scorers and went for 23 in his 4.1 overs, he did pick up one of the two wickets that Durham lot. Benkenstein didnt get a chance to bat in this routing but did pick up a wicket in his spell off  4 overs for 14.

Nic Pothas opened the innings for Hampshire and scored 114 off 139, Michael Lumb managed 59 at a run a ball, which enabled Hampshire to post 294 which gave them a comfortable 91 run victory.