Hampshire moved top of the South Division in the NatWest t20 Blast with a six-run win over Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.
Excelllent half-centuries from Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams helped the visitors to a total of 170-6 after being put into bat – and it just proved enough despite a late Darren Sammy onslaught.
The West Indies all-rounder, playing his final game during his stint in England before returning to the Caribbean, came to the crease at 96-5 but kept his side alive by helping to take 17 off the 18th over, bowled by Hampshire’s South African fast bowler Kyle Abbott.
Sammy twice struck sixes down the ground to put the game back in the balance, only for it to then immediately tilt back in Hampshire’s favour when he was caught at the very start of the next over.
It looked like the right-hander might have cleared the rope again when he smashed left-arm seamer Chris Wood out towards long-off, that was until Adams jumped up to take the ball in the air and send Sammy on his way for 28.
Chris Cooke tried valiantly to keep the Welsh county alive, making 34 not out, but Abbott held his nerve at the death to help Hampshire clinch a sixth victory in seven outings in the competition this season, avenging their opening defeat to Glamorgan in the process.
They had looked on course to set their opponents a greater total when opener Carberry helped them reach the halfway stage of their innings on 92-1, the opener hitting five sixes in his 59.
Adams cleared the rope four times himself in his 31-ball 52, though his departure an over after the loss of Glenn Maxwell for five allowed Glamorgan to battle back. Will Owen picked up 2-21 from three overs and fellow seamer claimed Michael Hogan 2-28.
However Hampshire restricted their hosts to 32-1 in the six powerplay overs at the start of the run chase and although Mark Wallace hit 38 from 23 deliveries, Glamorgan looked down and almost out when Sammy arrived in the middle.
He briefly revived their hopes with some big blows but just as it seemed all the momentum was with him and his team, Adams snatched their chances out of the air with a stunning grab out in the deep.