NatWest Pro40 - Division One
Hampshire Hawks 228-6 Innings Complete (S M Ervine 103 no) v Middlesex Crusaders 202 (A J Strauss 71, L A Dawson 4-45)
Hampshire beat Middlesex by 26 runs
Sean Ervine scored an unbeaten century as Hampshire surged to the top of the NatWest Pro40 Division One table with a 26-run win over Middlesex at Lord's.
The classy left-hander finished unbeaten on 103, his first century in England since reaching three figures in the Friends Provident final in 2005 - as the Hawks posted 228-6.
Middlesex were then bowled out for 202, Liam Dawson completing a fine all-round display with figures of 4-45.
Ervine shared a fifth-wicket stand of 100 with Dawson - who scored 45 to help rescue the Hawks from 61-4.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Middlesex pegged the visitors back from 48-0 as Jimmy Adams (19), Michael Carberry (2), Chris Benham (0) and Michael Lumb (37) all fell in quick succession.
However, a superb century partnership from Ervine and Dawson saw the Hawks regain the ascendancy before the latter holed out to Ed Joyce off Shaun Udal for 42.
But the ex-Zimbabwe all-rounder stayed on to complete his hundred in the final over with three successive boundaries off Henderson - whose last two overs went for 30 runs.
The Crusaders' reply got off to a controversial start when they lost Joyce in the fifth over, to a low catch claimed at mid-off by Imran Tahir.
Ben Scott was next out with the score on 54, to a brilliant diving catch by Ervine at slip, and Tyron Henderson holed out to long-on soon afterwards.
But Andrew Strauss (71) continued to dominate the bowling and reached his half-century from just 52 balls, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 63 with Eoin Morgan.
Strauss was trapped lbw on the back foot by Dawson, though, and in the next over Morgan was bowled round his legs sweeping at Tahir.
When Gareth Berg was then beaten by late turn from Dawson for just a single, Middlesex looked in trouble.
Dawid Malan smashed 19 off Dawson in the 33rd over but then fell to a catch at extra-cover.
After a quick-fire 20 from Udal against his old team, he fell to Chris Tremlett off a leading edge - and the match was wrapped up in the penultimate over.