Shahid Afridi 5 for 20 Hampshire Vs Gloucestershire

Shahid Afridi on his home debut spun Hampshire to victory over Gloucestershire at the Rose Bowl, by taking five wickets for just 20 runs.


The former Pakistan captain, allowed to play after resolving his dispute with the Pakistan Cricket Board, finished with figures of five for 20 in four overs as the holders Hampshire went joint top of the South Group with Sussex after recording their sixth win this season.

In a rain-affected match, Hampshire made 139 for seven and Gloucestershire, chasing a revised target of 124 from 17 overs, fell short.

Gloucestershire had reached 54 for two in pursuit of 139, when Afridi struck for the first time, bowling Ian Cockbain for 24. In his next over he lured Chris Taylor from his crease to give Nic Pothas a stumping, and he then bowled Will Gidman for seven.

But Afridi made his most crucial contribution when he came on for the 15th over of the innings, with Gloucestershire still requiring another 27 for victory.

With his fourth delivery, Afridi bowled Richard Coughtrie with a quicker delivery, and then two balls later induced Ian Saxelby to sky a catch to Neil McKenzie at third man.
 
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