Friends Provident Trophy - South/West Division
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 286-4 Innings Complete (K P Pietersen 62, S M Ervine 55 no, M J Lumb 55, J P Crawley 51) v Somerset 288-5 (J C Hildreth 112 no, Z de Bruyn 79, G A Lamb 4-47)
Somerset beat Hampshire by 5 wkts
James Hildreth struck a breath-taking unbeaten 112 off 90 balls as Somerset beat Hampshire by five-wickets and completed a Friends Provident double over the Hawks at the Rose Bowl.
The 23-year-old right-handed batsmen produced an innings way beyond his years as he carried his bat to guide Somerset past their 286 target with nine balls remaining.
Hildreth was ably supported by South African Zander de Bruyn (79) and Australian gloveman Craig Kieswetter as the Sabres produced a superbly executed chase under lights.
Stand-in captain Marcus Trescothick had earlier won the toss and put Hampshire into bat, a decision he may have been beginning to regret as openers Michael Lumb and Michael Carberry quickly found the boundary at regular intervals.
However, the old cricketing adage 'one brings two' quickly came to fruition as 83-0 soon became 92-2. Carberry (30) was first to depart after Ben Phillips found an edge, and Lumb (55) followed shortly afterwards after Ian Blackwell caught well off the bowling of Peter Trego.
Lumb's dismissal brought Kevin Pietersen to the crease and he, along with veteran John Crawley maintained the hosts' momentum as both went past their half centuries at near run-a-ball pace.
After a partnership of 99, Crawley (51) perished to paceman Steffan Jones after the Welshman caught the former England internationals outside edge.
Pietersen was then clean bowled by de Bruyn for a 72-ball 62 which included two sixes, and Sean Ervine added his name to the half centurions as his brisk 55 off 36 balls took the Hampshire total up to a daunting target of 286-4.
Somerset's response got off to the worse possible start as Trescothick (1) made his way back to the pavilion as Ervine demonstrated his ability with the ball as well as bat.
Kieswetter and de Bruyn rebuilt the Sabres innings with a fluent array of strokes either side of the wicket, however the visitors' gloveman eventually departed for a well-crafted 46 after Zimbabwean off-spinner Greg Lamb claimed his first wicket of the evening.
De Bruyn and Hildreth then shared what turned out to be a match-winning partnership of 159 for the third wicket. The South African's cameo was ended by a mixture of Lumb and Lamb, but the all-rounder's contribution boosted the Somerset total up to 228-3.
Blackwell bludgeoned 21 off 14 balls before falling foul to Lamb, however Hildreth continued his devastating innings as he brought up his hundred off 83 balls to edge the Sabres ever closer to their target.
Lamb (4-47) made John Francis his, and Hampshire's final wicket of the evening as youngster Wes Durston (18no) joined Hildreth in the middle to ensure the visitors crossed the line with nine balls remaining.