T20 best for Southee in Essex victory over Hampshire

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Essex 162-7 (20 overs) beat Hampshire 136 (18.3 overs) by 26 runs
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Tim Southee
Southee scored at over two runs a ball on his way to a T20 best of 74

New Zealander Tim Southee scored his highest Twenty20 score as Essex beat Hampshire by 26 runs at Chelmsford.

Southee smashed 74 off 34 balls, including five sixes and six fours as Essex made 162-7, with Tim Phillips contributing a rapid 33 from 19 balls.

Phillips then starred with the ball taking 4-29, while Southee weighed in with 3-38 as Hampshire were all out for 136 in the 19th over.

James Vince (52) top-scored with a second half century of the campaign.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Hampshire's overseas player Shahid Afridi told BBC Radio Solent:

"I've had no practice and no training in the last 20 days so it's good to join the guys.

"In batting I'm struggling, in the English conditions I should take my time to play the shot.

"Bowling was good, but I'm disappointed to be on the losing side... but we should learn from our mistakes."

Essex captain James Foster told BBC Essex:

"It was a top performance, arguably one of our best of the season.

"This was quite hard-fought, a bit of grit about us, the good old Essex.

"(Southee) struck the ball beautifully, it was great to see."

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