Prince ton steers Lancashire to win

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Ashwell Prince hit an impressive 102 for Lancashire’s cricketers as the Red Rose boosted their Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final hopes with a 29-run victory over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Opener Prince notched 102 to set up victory after putting on a record second-wicket stand with with Alviro Petersen for the visitors.

Adam Wheater gave hope to Hampshire to chase the 302 needed to win as he struck a century but they were bowled out for 272 as Lancashire clinched victory.

Lancashire batted well within their comfort zone for much of their target setting after winning the toss and batting - with openers Prince and Karl Brown putting on 50 for the first wicket in 71 balls.

Brown was the first to depart, leg before attempting to sweep Liam Dawson for 40 off 53.

South African Prince reached his half-century from 65 balls before his compatriot Petersen joined him at the milestone in 48 deliveries - the latter’s including an impressive six charging Yasir Arafat.

The visitors continued at their sedate but effective four -and-a-half runs an over, with Prince completing his 35th List A century in 111 balls.

But two deliveries later, the former Test batsman teed a catch up to Jimmy Adams on the square leg boundary - ending the record breaking stand on 147.

The away side then lost two more wickets at 20 run intervals - Petersen ending his highest score for the county of 82 by slashing to Mason Crane at point and skipper Steven Croft, after a quick-fire 25, picked out James Vince on the long-on rope.

James Faulkner and Alex Davies then upped the run rate in spectacular style adding 36 in 16 balls with the latter ending the innings with a six over midwicket.

Michael Carberry creamed a cover drive to the boundary off Arron Lilley in the fifth over of the chase but the very next ball he slogged into the hands of long on Prince.

Adams and Wheater overcame their early set back by amassing a 50 partnership before the wicketkeeper launched a maximum over long on off Stephen Parry.

Meanwhile, Adams followed up a club cricket ton on Saturday with a 56 ball 50 filled with type of form which had deserted him this season.

Five balls later Wheater joined his former captain in the 50 club in exactly the same amount of balls before the pair celebrated a three-figure partnership.

But after the glove bashing ended, Adams was wonderfully caught by Brown over his head in the square leg outfield when he sweetly pulled for a shot destined for six.

Wheater survived two stumped chances from his counterpart when on 35 and 50.

T20 Blast hero Vince only added seven before he found his off stump knocked back by Faulkner and Ervine - after a speedy 37 stand with Wheater - mistimed a drive to Brown at deep extra cover.

Wheater brought up his second format ton with a sublime back foot punch for his first maximum of the night which was scored in 104 balls.

The centurion departed after only adding 11 to his three figures as he hoicked Parry to Faulkner in the deep before Simon Kerrigan nonchalantly caught Will Smith at deep midwicket.

Dawson pounced with a speedy half-century - from 46 balls and included two maximums - before Wood was stumped and Dawson and Crane were bowled.

Hampshire were bowled out with five balls to spare, Fidel Edwards the last man to go firing down the ground to a sprawling Lilley.