Friends Provident Trophy - Group A
The Rose Bowl
Worcestershire 320-8 (M M Ali 125, B F Smith 70, S M Davies 50) v Hampshire 267 (J P Crawley 100, M J Lumb 61, G J Batty 5-35)
Worcestershire beat Hampshire by 53 runs
A blistering century from Moeen Ali propelled Worcestershire to a 53-run win over Hampshire in the Friends Provident clash at the Rose Bowl.
The elegant left-hander blasted 125 off 109 balls as the Royals defended their imposing target of 320-8 in a high-scoring match on the south coast.
Moeen, 21, struck nine fours and three sixes after Worcestershire had won the toss, and despite a well-crafted century from John Crawley, the Hawks were unable to sustain the challenge and were all out for 267 at the start of the 49th over.
Moeen had only one stroke of good fortune when he was on 93, lifting Liam Dawson to long-on where Billy Taylor held on to the catch but took it over the ropes for six.
Worcestershire made a rapid start led by their captain Vikram Solanki who struck six boundaries in his 35 and by gloveman Stephen Davies who made 50 from 62 balls.
Moeen and Ben Smith turned the match in Worcestershire's direction with a stand of 164 for the fourth wicket with all of the Hampshire bowlers heavily punished, not least former England paceman Chris Tremlett who conceded 76 from his 10 overs.
Smith was last out to the final ball of the innings, giving a return catch to Tremlett after making a valuable 70 from 74 balls.
Hampshire made an impressive start to their chase as Michael Lumb and Crawley put on 116 for the first wicket in only 21 overs.
But spin bowler Gareth Batty held a return catch off Lumb for 61 and then put the brakes on the middle order with a disciplined spell of line and length bowling.
Batty had Dominic Cork caught in the deep and then got a leg before verdict against Nic Pothas, who had made a valuable 24.
The prize wicket was that of Crawley who caressed six fours in his 117-ball stay but Hampshire's hopes died when he went down the wicket to Batty, with the rate required now nine an over, and was stumped.
Pace bowler Chris Whelan wrapped up Worcestershire's victory when he had last man Taylor caught at deep square leg with Hampshire all out for 267 to the disappointment of a 4,000 home crowd.