Hampshire picked up their first Vitality Blast crown in a decade after edging out Lancashire in the final in a low-scoring thriller that went to the last ball at Edgbaston.
While Matt Parkinson demanded four-to-26 after being released from England to appear on the finals day, Ben McDermott’s 62-ball from 36 proved more significant as Hampshire reached 152-eight.
Lancashire became the first team to chasing a total of over 200 on finals day by beating Yorkshire in their semi-finals, but they were beaten by a lone run on a worn pitch after an exceptional final.
With four guns called on by the last ball, Nathan Ellis’ Yorker blasted into Richard Gleeson’s stumps, but as fireworks filled the night sky, replays showed Australia’s pace had remarkably gone too far.
Ellis quickly regained his composure after the no-ball as Gleeson swung the free-kick for fresh air before rushing through for a single that was ultimately irrelevant as Hampshire clinched their third title and Leicestershire’s record for most domestic T20s -Title discontinued in England.
They had previously ended an unlucky run in the semifinals, beating Somerset by 37 runs after five straight losses in the last 10 years, and they came this far thanks to McDermott’s counterattacking innings and a disciplined bowling performance in the finals.
Lancashire looked to be in control of 72 for one in the eighth over, but spin twins Liam Dawson and Mason Crane quelled run-rate before the Red Rose finally ebbed, making their own superb bowling show a mere footnote, after being asked to play the field first at Saturday dusk.
Gleeson had leaked 54 runs against Yorkshire seven days into his England debut here, but he made a crucial showpiece breakthrough by locating the off-stump of tournament-leading run-scorer James Vince while Tom Prest lacked space had when peeling off Luke Wood.
From 15 to two, McDermott eased the build-up pressure with two forefoot fours in front of Gleeson before swinging well through the line as first Wood and then Danny Lamb were carted for six.
However, wickets continued to fall around him as Parkinson knocked down Joe Weatherley on the sweep, then Dawson, who lofted too far wide.
At 69 to four midway through, McDermott had seen enough and went hard in Liam Wells’ only over, scoring 21 including a slog sweep for six and a drive over long-off by both sides to set a 32-ball fifty .
But his lonely stand ended when Parkinson caught a whiff of drift that stunned McDermott and rolled through the gate.
Ellis then picked Tim David in deep midwicket to give Parkinson his fourth, although there were cameos from Ross Whiteley (22) and Chris Wood (20 not out), giving Hampshire hope.
Phil Salt rattled off 15 balls earlier on day 36 and oozed intent again, drawing for four and then clearing with a free shot deep in the middle of the goal after Wood overshot.
But Wood had his revenge when Salt spliced another move and was caught at depth in an eventful first over of the chase that resulted in 13.
Steven Croft collected four straight fours against Brad Wheal as Lancashire sped from the power play to 60 for one, but the introduction of Spin halted their progress.
Dawson in particular was excellent and had Croft caught on the leg side by a juggling McDermott for 36 before Dane Vilas ducked for cover.
While slow left arm Dawson and leg spinner Crane each conceded a boundary, the Quicks kept up the pressure as they returned.
As the tension mounted, David, Lancashire’s 405-run finisher at a 174.56 batting average that year, was caught by James Fuller right in front of him.
Wells, whose decision to review a Crane lbw judgment was upheld when technology showed a Googly was spinning too much, heaved Wood for six and then drove for four.
But Wells was then out for 27 after attempting to play a scattered single, with Vince knocking down the stumps to leave 11 balls from six.
Luke Wood was out when the equation came to a tie on six – Lancashire would have won if the scores had been level on a superior power play score – but while Gleeson messed up a pair, he couldn’t put a bat on the no-ball or the last legitimate delivery when the Red Rose ended for eight on the 151st.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/hampshire-liam-dawson-lancashire-matt-parkinson-mason-crane-b2124902.html Hampshire wins Vitality Blast after beating Lancashire in dramatic final