One-Day Cup: Liam Dawson & Gareth Berg power Hampshire past Glamorgan

By Nick WebbBBC Wales Sport
Liam Dawson hit four sixes in his 68-ball century
Liam Dawson hit four sixes in his impressive century
Royal London One-Day Cup, St Helen's, Swansea
Hampshire 316-5 (50 overs): Dawson 100*, Smith 84; Wagg 2-74
Glamorgan 130 (32 overs): Meschede 45; Berg 4-25, McLaren 4-42
Hampshire (2 pts) won by 186 runs
Match scorecard

Hampshire kept their chances of a quarter-final place on track with a crushing 186-run win over Glamorgan.

Liam Dawson reached a magnificent century off 68 balls by hitting the last ball of the innings for six, after Will Smith made a valuable 84.

Gareth Berg took four of six Glamorgan wickets to fall inside 12 overs at Swansea, with Ryan McLaren also finishing with four victims.

Hampshire also improved their net run-rate in the race for the last eight.

The visitors managed to negotiate a slow pitch intelligently with all their top order chipping in, but Smith was given a reprieve when he was dropped by Aneurin Donald off Andrew Salter on 23.

Dawson and McLaren's late hitting allowed Hampshire to set a formidable target, although there was no hint of the havoc to come.

McLaren took the first two wickets and Berg ran through the next four as the hosts slumped to 29-6, with danger man Colin Ingram caught second ball.

Glamorgan only scraped past their previous lowest one-day score of 68, set against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1973, with eight wickets down, thanks to Craig Meschede (45).

Glamorgan finish their campaign away to Surrey on Monday, while Hampshire host Somerset on Tuesday.

Glamorgan head coach Robert Croft told BBC Wales Sport:

"Hampshire were better than us with the bat, with the ball and in the field, no excuses - they taught us a lesson in how to bat and bowl on that surface.

"The important thing is not to dwell to much on it because in ten days' time, we've got an opportunity coming up [to reach T20 Finals Day].

"We've got a lot of experienced players, and part of that is resilience, so I expect that not to have any hangover next week."

Hampshire stand-in captain Liam Dawson told BBC Radio Solent:

"Today was a massive game so to win sets it up nicely for Tuesday [against Somerset].

"The way Gareth Berg bowled and Ryan McLaren upfront set the tone, that's what we asked them to do.

"We can potentially have three more games in white-ball cricket, we're in the hunt for a quarter-final and the boys are up for it."

Former Glamorgan captain and BBC pundit Steve James:

"Hampshire batted really well on a pitch that wasn't easy to bat on, they adapted to the conditions really well and 316 was always going to be way too many.

"Glamorgan got off to a calamitous start and never really got going, it was a bit of an embarrassment really but Glamorgan have had a lot of good days in one-day cricket this year."

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