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Matt King enjoys winning Hampshire debut
BASINGSTOKE-born Matt King made a winning Hampshire debut as they beat Bangladesh A by eight runs at The Ageas Bowl on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Hampshire Academy seam bowler played alongside another former Basingstoke and North Hants cricketer, Adam Rouse, in the victory.
Later this month, Bangladesh are due to face the England Lions in a one-day series and some late big hitting from number 11 Robiul Islam certainly made a game of it.
T20 skipper Dimi Mascarenhas captained the side, but it was fellow first teamer Liam Dawson who stole the show when Hampshire were put into bat.
He hit 97 from 87 balls (11 fours, three sixes), his sixth one day 50, as Hampshire made 223.
He shared a sixth-wicket stand worth 22 with Rouse (7) from 11 balls and then King batting at number nine scored eight from 18 balls.
Hampshire then restricted the tourists to 215-9, even though Islam hit five sixes and along with top scorer Elias Sunny (45) shared an unbroken final wicket stand worth 58.
Wicket-keeper Rouse picked up one victim by stumping of one of the openers, while King’s three overs went for just nine runs.
Dawson (3-11) was the chief Hampshire wicket taker, while off-spinner Brad Taylor, also on his debut, took 2-23.
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