Maxwell dismantles Essex

Australian smashes unbeaten 60 to help Hampshire home

Last updated: 29th June 2012  

James Franklin Essex

James Franklin: Was the match's top-scorer with 78

Glenn Maxwell Hampshire

Glenn Maxwell: Continued his explosive run of form

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Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 60 from just 24 balls as Hampshire claimed a six-wicket victory over Essex at Chelmsford.

The visitors overhauled their opponents' total of 176-4 with 12 balls to spare top take a comfortable win in the Friends Life t20 South Group clash.

Maxwell set up the win in a spectacular 17th over as he bludgeoned left-arm spinner Tim Phillips' six deliveries for 30 runs.

Maxwell hit Phillipsfor three sixes, all of which went out of the ground, and he was to win the match in the next over when he sent a mighty blow over mid-wicket for another six.

Simon Katich kept the explosive Maxwell company, the Australian stroking the ball around in a more orthodox manner while scoring 42 from 38 balls and taking part in an unbroken stand of 83 in six overs.

Maxwell's explosion of shots came a few days after he struck a match-winning 66 from 32 balls in the victory over Kent and leaves Hampshire well on course for a place in the quarter-finals.

Essex had earlier looked set for a much bigger total as openers James Franklin and Mark Pettini (38) tucked into their attack with a series of aggressive strokes.

After Pettini had fallen, Franklin went on to play the starring role with an innings full of quality, compiling 78 from a mere 49 deliveries, including five sixes and the same number of fours before being dismissed by Sean Ervine.

James Foster predictably added momentum late on with a quickfire unbeaten 30 from only 14 balls, striking two sixes in the final over of the innings sent down by Maxwell, who would ultimately have the last laugh with the bat.

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