T20 Blast: Vince ton helps Hants beat Worcs to reach Finals Day

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at New Road
Hampshire captain James Vince
James Vince struck 13 fours and three sixes in his first-ever T20 century
NatWest T20 Blast, New Road
Hampshire: 196-4 (20 overs): Vince 107 not out, Carberry 42
Worcestershire: 58-2 (8.1 overs): Mitchell 20 not out
Hampshire won by 17 runs (D/L method)

Hampshire reached T20 Finals Day for a sixth straight season as Worcestershire's quarter-final hopes disappeared in the gloom at New Road.

Chasing 197 to win after James Vince's stunning century, the hosts were behind the clock on 58-2 in the ninth over when the game ended early.

Hampshire fielder Chris Wood was hit on the nose after misjudging a catch.

The umpires took the players off for bad light, eventually giving Hampshire the win on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Even before Wood was injured trying to catch Ross Whiteley at deep extra cover it seemed doubtful whether the Worcestershire innings would be completed with light fading badly in overcast conditions.

Six of the best for Hampshire
James Vince's first century in Twenty20 cricket saw him become the top-scoring Englishman in this year's competition
Worcestershire were playing in their fifth T20 quarter-final, their third in four seasons - but their first on home soil
Hampshire join Northants and last year's winners Birmingham at Finals Day at Edgbaston on 29 August
The final quarter-final is at Canterbury on Saturday afternoon between Kent and Lancashire

After being put in, Hampshire captain Vince led from the front by batting through the innings for an unbeaten 107.

The one-cap England one-day international hit three sixes and 13 fours in his 63-ball century.

He was well supported by Michael Carberry (43) in an opening stand of 86, while wicketkeeper Adam Wheater weighed in with 32.

Worcestershire's hopes depended largely on Moeen Ali, back after England duty but unable to make more than 10 as he skied a catch to Wheater.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was then run out by a direct hit from Wood as the skies darkened.

It briefly looked as if the balance might turn in favour of the home side when Whiteley smacked spinner Liam Dawson for straight sixes off successive balls.

But when the left-hander went for the boundary again, Wood misjudged the catch and the ball ricocheted off his hand into his nose.

The game was finally called off shortly after 20:15 BST to the groans of the home supporters, with Worcestershire well behind the D/L par score of 75.

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell:

"It was a good pitch and we thought 175 was par. It was still gettable but we knew the light might be a problem and we needed to get in front of the Duckworth/Lewis score.

"But we lost a couple of wickets and weren't able to do that.

"Batting out there wasn't too bad, but I guess in the field it's a bit more difficult. Maybe it was a tactical drop onto his nose by Woody (Chris Wood).

"It's just one of those things. The umpires are there to make a decision. They're two experienced guys and I wouldn't question what they did."

Hampshire captain James Vince:

"We were going to bowl, more because of the weather that was around, but it was a good toss to lose.

"It was nice to finally get three figures, having fallen short with 99 earlier this season, but it was more important to win.

"It means a lot getting through to Finals Day again. It's a day you don't want to miss out on. Hopefully we can go one better and win it this year."

Hampshire captain James Vince
James Vince carried his bat for a fourth time in this year's T20 Blast competition
Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry
Michael Carberry shared an opening partnership of 88 with Vince before he was run out
Worcestershire all-rounder Ross Whiteley
Ross Whiteley hit some big sixes before bad light stopped play
Hampshire bowler Mark Wood is struck on the nose
The umpires brought the players off the field after Chris Wood was hit on the nose trying to catch Whiteley