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Hampshire beat Somerset to secure home semi-final

South Africa batsman Aiden Markram has scored 466 runs, at an average of 58.25, for Hampshire during the group stage of the One-Day Cup
South Africa batsman Aiden Markram has scored 466 runs, at an average of 58.25, for Hampshire during the group stage of the One-Day Cup

LONDON, Sunday: Holders Hampshire earned a home semi-final in the One-Day Cup with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Somerset at Taunton.

South Africa batsman Aiden Markram hit 61, Aneurin Donald 57 and Sam Northeast an unbeaten 51 as Hampshire raced to their target with 18.3 overs to spare.

After electing to bat, Somerset lost wickets at regular intervals as they were dismissed for 216.

After seven wins from their eight games, Hampshire are guaranteed to finish top of the South Group, while Somerset may now need to beat already-eliminated Surrey in their final game on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals.

Daniel Bell-Drummond scored an unbeaten century and took two wickets as Kent beat Essex at Beckenham.

Essex were put into bat, losing Varun Chopra early on, but Alastair Cook (53) and Tom Westley (58) led a recovery. They then relied on contributions from Simon Harmer, Matt Coles and Aaron Beard to reach 271-9.

Openers Bell-Drummond and Zak Crawley (94) put on 188 in reply as Kent won by six wickets with three overs to spare.

Gloucestershire opener Miles Hammond made his first half-century in one-day cricket to help his side rack up a huge 335-6 in their 116-run win over South Group rivals Sussex.

Hammond made 95, while Jack Taylor smashed eight sixes in a stunning cameo innings of 69 not out off 26 balls. Despite 55 from David Wiese and 44 for Laurie Evans, Sussex fell well short, bowled out in the 44th over for 219.

Middlesex moved to second place in the Southern Group with a five-wicket win over Glamorgan at Lord’s.

Nick Gubbins (92) and Sam Robson (79) set the home side on their way to 289-5 with 15 balls to spare.

Recent signing Charlie Hemphrey played his best innings for Glamorgan with a career-best 87 off 81 balls but Glamorgan’s 285 looked below-par. Seamer Toby Roland-Jones (3-46) and the in-form spinner Nathan Sowter (4-58) pegged them back with regular wickets.

Royal London One-Day Cup Scores:

* At Taunton: Somerset 216 (40.3 overs): (Bartlett 40; Abbott 3-36)

Hampshire 221-3 (31.3 overs): (Markram 61, Donald 57, Northeast 51n.o.)

Hampshire (2 pts) beat Somerset by seven wickets

* At Beckenham: Essex 271-9 (50 overs): (Westley 58, Cook 53; Milnes 3-60)

Kent 272-4 (46.4 overs): (Bell-Drummond 120 n.o., Crawley 94)

Kent (2 pts) won by six wickets

* At Eastbourne: Gloucestershire 335-6 (50 overs): (Hammond 95, J Taylor 69 n.o., Roderick 53, Dent 46)

Sussex 219 (43.2 overs): (Wiese 55, Evans 44; M Taylor 3-39, Howell 3-48)

Gloucestershire (2 pts) beat Sussex by 116 runs

* At Lord’s: Glamorgan 285 (49.4 overs): (Hemphrey 87; Sowter 4-58, Roland-Jones 3-46)

Middlesex 289-5 (47.3 overs): (Gubbins 92, Robson 79, Eskinazi 71 n.o.)

Middlesex (2 pts) beat Glamorgan by 5 wickets 


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